Dr. 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.
Dr. Owsiak has two recent books that address the above questions: On Dangerous Ground: A Theory of Bargaining, Border Settlement, and Rivalry (with Toby J. Rider, 2021) and International Conflict Management (with J. Michael Greig and Paul F. Diehl, 2019). Other works in his research program appear 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, International Interactions, and Foreign Policy Analysis, among other outlets. Many of these works, some ongoing, received financial support from the Department of Defense’s Minerva Project and the United States Institute of Peace. As a result of his strong research record, Dr. Owsiak won the School of Public and International Affairs’ Excellence in Research Award (2017) and received a Faculty Research Fellowship at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame (2020-2021).
Dr. Owsiak teaches courses in international relations (including theory), international conflict, crisis diplomacy, international conflict management, and peace studies — including within the university’s First-Year Odyssey program. Outside the classroom, he mentors numerous undergraduate students through the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO). The university has repeatedly recognized his strong commitment to teaching. He has been named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor (2020), inducted into the University of Georgia Teaching Academy (2017), and received the Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015), the School of Public and International Affairs’ Excellence in Teaching Award (2018), the University of Georgia’s CURO Mentoring Award (2014), the First-Year Odyssey Seminar Program Teaching Award (2017), and recognition as an outstanding faculty mentor for the Student Veterans Resource Center (2018).
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.
For a full list of publications, working papers, and conference participation, as well as a curriculum vitae, see www.andrewowsiak.org.
- “War and the Orient Express” (with Doug Atkinson). 2021. In What Do We Know about War?, 3rd edn., edited by John A. Vasquez and Sara Mitchell. Rowman and Littlefield.
- “The Peace Puzzle: Understanding Transitions to Peace” (with Paul F. Diehl and Gary Goertz). 2021. In What Do We Know about War?, 3rd edn., edited by John A. Vasquez and Sara Mitchell. Rowman and Littlefield.
- “Cyber Deterrence and Escalation.” 2020. The Cyber Deterrence Problem, edited by Aaron F. Brantly. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 39-70.
- “The International Court of Justice” (with Sara McLaughlin Mitchell). 2017. In Handbook of Judicial Behavior, edited by Robert M. Howard and Kirk A. Randazzo. New York: Routledge, pp. 445-466.
- “The Steps to War: Theory and Evidence.” 2017. In Encyclopedia of Empirical International Relations Theory, edited by William R. Thompson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- “Issues, Leaders, and Regimes: Reaching Settlement in Northern Ireland.” 2017. In Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland, edited by Timothy J. White. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 36-54.