Harry Groce

Master of International Policy (MIP)

From Macon, Georgia, Harry graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South in 2018 with a B.A. in International and Global Studies and a double minor in History and Spanish, and is in his first year as a student in the Master of International Policy program at UGA. He is a graduate assistant in UGA’s School of Politics and International Affairs, an active member of the Episcopal Church, and enjoys traveling abroad.

  • Sewanee: The University of the South, 2018, B.A. in International and Global Studies (Double minor in History and Spanish)
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Harry was born in Macon, Georgia on October 28,1995. He attended high school at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, where he finished 3rd in his class and was the recipient of the Medal of Honor, an award recognizing the student who most embodied the ethos of the school. His senior year of high school, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout after completing the total restoration of a playhouse dating to 1857 for his Eagle Project. He attended university at Sewanee: The University of the South, from which he graduated in 2018 summa cum laude with a B.A. in International and Global Studies and a double minor in Spanish and History. For his academic achievements, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2018.

He was initiated into Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in 2015, and as a member of Beta Theta chapter he served as an officer and member of the chapter’s executive board for the next three years, during which time the chapter was recognized with a Hugh Shields Award, marking it as one of the top ten chapters of Delta Tau Delta in the nation, two years in a row. Also during his tenure at Sewanee, Harry served as the foreman of the landscape crew responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the University Ravine Garden, Abbo’s Alley, for four years, as well as working in the University Admissions Department as an Arcadian, or tour guide, for three years. This included a year long stint as an Arcadian Leader responsible for scheduling tour guides and hiring and training new ones. Harry also served as a panelist for Admissions events for two years. Under the supervision of Dr. Betsy Sandlin, of the Sewanee Spanish Department, he taught Spanish to third and fourth graders at Sewanee Elementary School for two years.

Harry enjoys traveling around the world, and has already spent time in the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe. He has visited Egypt, Russia, and France, as well as spending time in England during two separate pilgrimages to Canterbury, the seat of the Anglican Communion. He studied abroad in Cuba during his junior year of college, and has recently returned from a month-long stay in the Cuban countryside working with the Episcopal Church of Cuba as part of a fact-finding and relationship building mission in order to assist with asset-based community development.

Harry is an active member of the Episcopal Church, serving as an acolyte, verger, and part-time sexton at Christ Church, his home church in Macon, Georgia. He has served as an executive on his church’s parish youth council as well as a representative to the Diocese of Atlanta’s Annual Council. On behalf of the Diocese of Atlanta, he was a liaison to the Episcopal Church of Cuba, whom he hopes to continue working with over the coming years.

Research Interests

Harry’s research interests span Latin America and the Middle East, with particular interest given to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and the question of Cuban political and economic development. While an undergrad at Sewanee and under the guidance of his academic advisor Nicholas Roberts, himself a researcher into Mandate Period Palestine, Harry produced multiple research papers on Palestine during the Late Ottoman and Mandate Periods, where he believes the roots of the conflict are to be found. He is particularly interested in the King-Crane Commission of 1919, whose conclusions about the Zionist question have proven to be especially prescient.

After studying abroad in Cuba his junior year at Sewanee, Harry developed an intense interest in the island nation’s history, politics, and culture. For his comprehensive exam, required to graduate from Sewanee, Harry chose to write his thesis on Cuban foreign policy during the Cold War as evidence of a distinct view of globalization which rejected both American capitalism and Soviet Communism in favor of a soft-power approach to create a uniquely third-world version of Communism. He is intensely interested in the future trajectory of the island, which he believes to possess great potential. Harry just completed a 30 day stay in the Cuban countryside working with the Episcopal Church of Cuba as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the Cuban Church and his own Diocese of Atlanta as well as to assess the situation on the ground in order to determine how best to provide future aid to the Cuban Church. This consisted of traveling throughout the Los Arabos circuit of churches in Matanzas Province, conducting interviews with locals, and extensive study of the church’s efforts at self-sufficiency and its funding of local community projects to provide clean water to three towns and to run a program to nurture talented students of the arts.