Joshua Darnell

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

Josh is a former U.S. Army officer pursuing a PhD in International Relations and American Politics. He is a native of Watkinsville, GA, and a graduate of the University of the Georgia.

Joshua Darnell is a native of Watkinsville, GA, and a third-year PhD student majoring in International Relations.  He graduated from the University of Georgia’s Henry Grady College of Journalism in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in print journalism—just in time to see the entire field of traditional print journalism be overtaken by the rising wave of blogs and the demand for (low-paying) online content.  Fortunately, Josh landed a job writing and editing for Georgia Magazine, where he worked for almost two years before leaving to enlist in the U.S. Army.  He attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga., where he earned a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the Infantry.  In early 2009, while deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, with the 1st Infantry Division, Josh was critically wounded by a suicide bomber.  After a year of hospitalization and recovery, he was medically retired at the rank of Captain.  Josh applied and was accepted into UGA’s graduate program in International Affairs, and has since been fortunate enough to travel to China with the Center for International Trade & Security (CITS) and to work extensively with the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis). His wife, Melissa, is a dance teacher at North Oconee High School. They have two small tyrants, er, children, named Ruby and George.


ABJ, University of Georgia 2004, Journalism

Research Interests

Josh’s research focuses on international defense and security policy in the post-9/11 landscape, particularly the manner in which the concept of “terrorism” has affected the dynamics of force projection and the relationship between governments and their citizens. He also studies the international arms trade and its impact on the developing world.