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

Greg Hawrelak is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science, focusing on American Politics.

  • M.A., University of Louisville 2014, Political Science (American Politics)
  • B.A., University of Alberta 2012, Political Science, Sociology (Minor)
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Greg Hawrelak is originally from Edmonton, in the Canadian province of Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton, graduating in 2012 with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Sociology minor. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to complete his Master of Arts degree in Political Science, finishing in December of 2014. During his Master’s degree, he completed his final Master’s research project on the effects of globalization at the urban level – specifically, by exploring whether the city of Louisville, KY, would be served by embracing the lead of Charlotte, NC, in adopting a more “pro-global” strategy.

Greg has been at the University of Georgia since 2015. In his time at UGA, he has served as a Research Assistant, assisting faculty with data collection for their research. He has also served as a Teaching Assistant, teaching breakout sections of POLS 1101 – “Introduction to American Politics” for five semesters. He served as the lead Teaching Assistant for POLS 1101 in the Spring of 2018. He has presented co-authored, original research projects at the MPSA conference in Chicago, IL, in both 2017 and 2018.

Of Note
  • “The Election of Obama: A Mobilizing Effect?” Co-authored and presented with Colin Phillips, M.A., at the 75th Annual MPSA Conference. Chicago, IL, 2017.
  • “Should I Post This? Social Media and Political Behavior.” Co-authored with Rongbin Han, PhD, and presented at the 76th Annual MPSA Conference. Chicago, IL, 2018.
  • Magna Cum Laude Honors, University of Louisville, 2014
  • Member, Golden Key Honors Society, 2013-Present
Research Interests

Greg’s research interests are centered on American politics – specifically, voter behavior, public opinion, and political decision making. He also studies the effects of Facebook use on political communication and interaction, including discussion, deliberation, and confrontation. Additionally, Greg studies political behavior in a comparative context across countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and others.