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

Deana Neaves is a PhD student in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in comparative politics and minoring in methodology.

  • B.S., Boise State University, Political Science, 2018
  • A.A.S., Community College of the Air Force, Information Systems Technology, 2014
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Deana is originally from Anderson County, South Carolina. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served two tours in Southwest Asia. Among her various duties, she served as a Network Support Technician for the Survival, Evasion, Rescue, and Escape (SERE) school and as a Paralegal for the Mountain Home AFB Gunfighters. She has travelled extensively across the United States and abroad, and she most recently called the Pacific Northwest her home. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University where she majored in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Comparative Politics and minored in Environmental Studies. She gave undergraduate conference presentations about the effect of Baltic Sea pollution on the potential for conflict between Finland and Russia and its implications for future dyadic relationships, and her capstone project focused on how environmental sustainability efforts affect global gender inequality. Other than studying and researching, Deana enjoys snowboarding, biking, hiking, camping, and aerial acrobatics, as well as cuddling with her two fluffy feline friends Max and Maddie.

Research Interests

Deana’s research interests include human rights, environmental security, economic development, and gender politics. She enjoys examining the intersection of these topics and their impact on domestic and interstate political decisions.