Head of Department of International Affairs
Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Public Affairs Professor
Dean Rusk Scholar of International Relations
Dr. Amanda Murdie is the Thomas P. and M. Jean Lauth Public Affairs Professor of International Affairs and Head of the Department of International Affairs. She is also editor-in-chief of International Studies Review and co-editor of the University of Georgia Press Studies in Security and International Affairs Book Series. Dr. Murdie studies International Relations, specializing in the behavior of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and their interactions with states, local populations, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Most of her work is in the areas of human security, human rights, conflict processes, and development. She has published over fifty articles and book chapters in such journals as Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and International Organization. Dr. Murdie has worked with both the policy and the NGO communities to develop new quantitative measures that capture the power of human security INGOs and track the spread of human security norms among non-state actors. Before coming to UGA in 2016, Dr. Murdie was a professor at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri.
Dr. Murdie was the 2011 winner of the William L. Stamey Award for Excellence in Teaching at Kansas State University. She has served on dozens of dissertation and thesis committees. Her students have gone on to faculty positions at many research and liberal arts colleges, including Murray State University, Georgia Southern, Rhodes College, and Emory University. They have also obtained jobs at many well-known think tanks, defense contractors, and NGOs, including the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, Booz Allen Hamilton, RAND, and Doctors without Borders.
In her spare time, Dr. Murdie enjoys hanging out with her spouse and teenage daughters and hiking in the North Georgia Mountains. Her personal website is: amandamurdie.org