Morgan Barney

Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science & International Affairs

Morgan Barney is a first year Master’s student in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, specializing in the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. She desires to utilize mixed methods in her research of human rights and public opinion among vulnerable populations.

  • B.A., International Studies, Covenant College, 2018 (Magna Cum Laude)
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Morgan Barney graduated in May 2018 as a Maclellan Scholar from Covenant College with her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Prior to her time at Covenant, she co-founded the nonprofit Save Our Sisters (SOS). Save Our Sisters has allowed her to raise over $45,000 to assist trafficking victims, travel to Moldova six times, speak for audiences such as members of the N.C. Supreme Court, and co-author the book Save Our Sisters.

During her time at Covenant, she continued to develop her demonstrated interest in human rights and vulnerable populations through various internships and articles. She served as a juvenile justice fellow in 2017 for the Center for Public Justice after co-authoring the policy report in 2016, What Justice Requires: Closing Youth Prisons. Her time researching as a juvenile justice fellow allowed for her to interview experts in the field and write monthly contributions on behalf of CPJ.

In the spring of 2017, Morgan studied abroad in Granada, Spain in the Centro de Lenguas Modernas at the University of Granada. Her classes were taught exclusively in Spanish, which allowed her to increase in language fluency as well as cultural adeptness. Her time in Spain proved to be highly formative as she expanded her scope of political science, language, and culture in an international setting.

Morgan also worked as a research assistant to Dr. Cale Horne for her final two years at Covenant. She assisted the department through various research projects such as coding for PKAT, the Peacekeeper Attribute Project. She continues to remain involved with PKAT as she is currently co-authoring a paper using the PKAT dataset with Dr. Horne.

Outside of the classroom, Morgan embraced other leadership opportunities at Covenant such as serving as the president of the Outdoors club for two years, competing in debate and Model UN competitions, as well as playing JV soccer and
running track her senior year. This fall, she looks forward to researching under the SPIA faculty and further refining her research interests alongside her fellow colleagues.

Research Interests

Using a blend of qualitative and quantitative methods, Morgan desires to research human rights, specifically the externalities which effect the repatriation process of vulnerable populations. Her region of interest is Eastern Europe, particularly the nation of Moldova. Morgan seeks to expand her undergraduate research in which she explored the effects of public opinion on repatriating sex trafficking victims in southern Moldova through her time studying comparative politics at UGA.