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

Austin Petrie is a doctoral student in political science. He obtained his BA from Winona State University, where his research focused on questions of judicial politics and decision-making, and separation of powers.


 B.A., Winona State University 2016, Political Science

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Austin’s journey to the study of political science was unconventional. After graduating from Onalaska High School (Onalaska, Wisconsin), his employment in the professional racing industry offered-up many opportunities outside the world of motorsports. One such opportunity was to attend college at Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) where he discovered an inner-passion for the social sciences, particularly American Politics, a subdiscipline of political science. It was during this time when Austin unearthed a unique curiosity for the study of law and courts.

His time as a Winona State University undergraduate was coupled with his work as a district captain for the Convention of States Project, a grassroots political organization that advocates for policy change at the federal level via an Article V Convention of States. His time at the Convention of State Project – an organization uniquely related to the United States Constitution – allowed Austin to combine his passion for law and courts with grassroots political organization. This experience, along with his achievements as an undergraduate, prompted his receiving Winona State University’s Outstanding Student Award upon graduation. He ultimately attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2016, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Austin entered the University of Georgia as a graduate student in the fall of 2018.

Of Note

Winona State University Outstanding Student, 2016

Research Interests

Austin’s research broadly focuses on the American judiciary with an emphasis in judicial decision–making, constitutional law and its doctrinal development, and separation of powers.