Master of International Policy (MIP)

Lydia McCoy is a fourth-year international affairs and Russian language Double Dawg student pursuing a Master of International Policy at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include the intersection of Russian politics and human rights. She is a life-long Atlanta Braves fan and also enjoys trips to Target, Trader Joe’s, and the International Farmers Market in Buford, Georgia.


B.A., International Affairs and B.A., Russian Language, University of Georgia

MIP, University of Georgia

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I am from Evans, Georgia, and I attend the University of Georgia as a Double Dawg student. My undergraduate majors are International Affairs and Russian, with an emphasis on human rights and Russian politics. I am also receiving a global studies certificate and am set to graduate with these degrees in May 2021. My expected graduate school graduation, with a MIP, will be May 2022. At UGA, I am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority, Inc., the UGA Catholic Center, and the Russian Club. While in my undergraduate degree, I studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia and at Oxford University, taking courses in intensive Russian language and law. Furthermore, I am a Regional Director for the Borgen Project and a Substance Abuse Education and Intervention intern at Drug Free Communities. I enjoy traveling, and my favorite place I have been is Suzdal’, a small town in the countryside of Russia with loads of charm. I also enjoy volunteering as a puppy raiser for the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and have my second dog in training.

Research Interests

Russia, Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Women’s Rights, Ethnic Conflict, Humanitarian Aid, Eastern Europe