Curriculum Vitae

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

Morgan Barney is a third-year PhD student in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, specializing in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. She desires to utilize mixed methods in her research of human rights, international NGOs, discourse shift, and issue framing amongst international actors.

  • B.A., International Studies, Covenant College, 2018 (Magna Cum Laude)
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Morgan Barney graduated as a Maclellan Scholar from Covenant College in May 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Prior to her time at Covenant, she co-founded the nonprofit Save Our Sisters (SOS). Her experience with Save Our Sisters 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 research opportunities. 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.

After studying abroad in the spring of 2017 in Granada, Spain, Morgan studied 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 recently co-authored an article published in the academic journal International Migration with Dr. Horne.

Since attending the University of Georgia, Morgan has joined the Human Rights Measurement Initiative on the Civil and Political Rights Metric Team. She works alongside her colleagues at UGA, including HRMI co-founder Dr. Chad Clay, on the annual survey HRMI administers amongst human rights experts around the world. She is also currently working under the supervision of Dr. Amanda Murdie as she plans for collecting the data necessary for completing her dissertation over the next two years.

Outside of the classroom, you can find Morgan running, drinking coffee at one of her favorite Athens coffee shops, or listening to live music at one of Athens many unique venues. She is thankful for the opportunity to continue her graduate career at the University of Georgia alongside such talented faculty and colleagues.

Research Interests

human rights, international non-governmental organizations, discourse shift, issue framing, women’s rights, human trafficking