Austin Doctor

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science & International Affairs

Austin is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia.  He studies comparative politics and political methodology with a research focus on armed rebellion and non-state actors in intrastate conflict.  Currently, he serves as a graduate assistant for the Department of International Affairs.

  • B.A., Covenant College 2013, History and Political Science
More About

Austin grew up in the American Midwest.  He received his undergraduate degree from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, Georgia.  At Covenant, his studies focused on social movement theory and leadership networks.  He graduated in May 2013 with degrees in history and political studies.  Austin lived in Anchorage, Alaska for a year before resuming his studies as a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia.  Austin currently lives in Athens, Georgia with his wonderful wife, Ruth, and their son, Bo.  In his free time, he goes looking for some mountain air and the nearest trout stream.

Of Note
  • Co-Director of the Rebel Leaders in Civil War Data Project (with John D. Willingham)
  • Graduate School Research Assistantship, University of Georgia
  • Maclellan Scholar, Covenant College
Research Interests

Austin’s research interests include non-state actors in intrastate conflict, contentious politics and collection action solutions, leadership analysis, and the dynamics of violence in intrastate conflict.  He is developing a research agenda that theorizes and tests the effects that rebel leaders bring to bear on the formation and behavior of armed rebel organizations.  In particular, Austin’s dissertation aims to explain how rebel leaders mobilize and structure armed rebel groups in discernible patterns according to their leadership characteristics.