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

Pedro Goulart is a PhD candidate in Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, specializing in International Relations. He is particularly interested in nuclear security and nonproliferation, as well as in their connections with broader themes of international security, foreign policy and strategy.


-BA & Licenciatura (Teaching Degree), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), History

-MA, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF), Strategic Studies of Defense and Security

More About

Pedro Goulart graduated from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2013, with training as both a historian and a History teacher. There he got the opportunity to work as an undergraduate teaching assistant (with funding), and completed his senior paper on Early Modern political thinking and the emergence of the modern state in Spain.

In 2017 he earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense, in a pioneer graduate program in Brazil dedicated to Defense & Security studies by a non-military academic institution. In his dissertation he researched recent cooperation between the United States and South America in defense issues.

In Fall 2017 he started the PhD program at SPIA, becoming a candidate in 2020, with a Major in International Relations and a Minor in Methods. He is doing research on nuclear proliferation and its connections with different issues in the IR literature (international organizations, foreign policy, and international conflict). He is also interested in using applications of machine learning techniques to advance research in the field.

Research Interests

Nuclear security; nonproliferation; international organizations; foreign policy; international conflict; human security; intelligence studies; quantitative methods; machine learning; Latin American politics; Western Hemisphere; strategic studies