Andrew P. Owsiak


Associate Professor of International Affairs

Curriculum Vitae

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Andrew P. Owsiak is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs. Prior to coming to the University of Georgia in 2011, he received his BA in Economics and Spanish from Xavier University (2002), a MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver (2005), and his PhD in Political Science (focusing on conflict and cooperation in International Relations) from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign; 2011). During his time living in Denver, Colorado, Professor Owsiak also received an Advanced Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Denver (2005) and worked as a volunteer mediator for Jefferson County Mediation Services in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Education
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2011, Political Science
  • M.A., University of Denver 2005, Conflict Resolution
  • B.A., Xavier University 2002, Economics and Spanish
More About

Professor Owsiak studies three broad themes in his research: why countries fight one another, the bilateral processes or characteristics that promote peaceful relations between disputing countries, and the role of third-parties in peacefully (or diplomatically) ending conflicts and/or building more peaceful relations between countries. He is an expert on the dispute and management of international border territory (as well as the effects of these processes on democratization and interstate conflict), international rivalries, and international conflict management (including diplomacy, negotiation, mediation, and peacekeeping). His work appears in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Foreign Policy Analysis, in addition to other outlets. The Department of Defense’s Minerva Project and the United States Institute of Peace support some of his ongoing projects. As a result of his strong research record, he won the School of Public and International Affairs’ Excellence in Research Award in 2017.

Professor Owsiak teaches courses in international relations (including theory), international conflict, crisis diplomacy, and international conflict management (i.e., peace studies) — including within the First-Year Odyssey program. He also mentors a number of undergraduate students through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). For these efforts, he was inducted into the University of Georgia Teaching Academy (2017) and received the University of Georgia’s CURO Mentoring Award (2014), the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015), the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award (2017), and the School of Public and International Affairs’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2018 (among others).

Areas of Expertise
  • Interstate conflict
  • Territorial disputes/conflicts
  • Interstate borders
  • Interstate rivalries/protracted conflicts
  • International law
  • Democratization
  • Alliances
  • International conflict management/resolution
  • International negotiation/bargaining
  • Mediation
  • Peacekeeping
Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Grants

  • University System of Georgia Affordable Learning Grant, 2019. Project: “US Cyber Deterrence, Stuxnet, and the 2016 Presidential Election” (Reacting to the Past game authorship; with Jeff Berejikian).
  • United States Institute of Peace, 2019-2020. Project: “The Management of Internationalized Civil Wars” (with Paul F. Diehl and Gary Goertz).
  • Minerva Initiative Grant, US Department of Defense, 2016-2019. Project: “Identity Claims: Expanding the Issue Correlates of War (ICOW) Dataset” (with Paul Hensel, Sara Mitchell, and Krista Wiegand).

 

Honors

  • School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award, 2018.
  • Student Veterans’ Resource Center Distinguished Faculty Fellow, 2018.
  • Teaching Academy Member, 2017 (inducted by invitation).
  • First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award, 2017.
  • School of Public and International Affairs Excellence in Research Award, 2017.
  • Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015.
  • Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Mentoring Award, 2014.
  • Teaching Academy Fellow, University of Georgia, 2013-2014.
Affiliations

Editorial

  • International Studies Review, Lead Book Editor, 2018-2023
  • International Studies Quarterly, Editorial Board Member, 2019-

 

Organizations

Course Instruction
  • INTL 3200 Introduction to International Relations
  • INTL 4220 International Conflict
  • INTL 4285 Crisis Diplomacy
  • INTL 4680 Peace Studies
  • INTL 4710 Model United Nations Practicum
  • INTL 6200 Pre-seminar in International Relations (Theory)
  • INTL 8225 International Conflict Management
  • INTL 8230 International Conflict
  • FYOS 1001 Revolution and War
Research Interests

Professor Owsiak studies three broad themes in his research: why countries fight one another, the bilateral processes or characteristics that promote peaceful relations between disputing countries, and the role of third-parties in peacefully (or diplomatically) ending conflicts and/or building more peaceful relations between countries.

Selected Publications

For a full list of publications, working papers, and conference participation, as well as a curriculum vitae, see www.andrewowsiak.org.

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