Curriculum Vitae

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

Sean Jankowski is a first-year Master’s student at the University of Georgia. He studies International Affairs with a particular interest in Cyber Security, U.S. National Security Policy, and U.S. Grand Strategy.

Education
  • B.A. Political Science, Valdosta State University, December 2018
  • B.A. History, Valdosta State University, December 2018
  • Certificate, Honors, Valdosta State University, December 2018
More About

Sean is from Valdosta, Georgia, straddling the Florida-Georgia state line. He grew up both in Georgia and Utah where his father was stationed while in the Air Force. Sean attended Valdosta State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2018 with a BA in Political Science, a BA in History, and a Certificate through the Honors program. While at Valdosta State, Sean was the President of Model United Nations, Vice President of Pi Sigma Alpha, co-founded a “living” oral history project, and served as a Research Assistant in both the Department of Biology where he studied gene expression in Mangrove Killifish, as well as the Department of Political Science where he collected and coded social media data relating to the 2016 presidential election. He earned the top honor and award in both the Department of Political Science and Department of History, as well as several awards relating to the Honors program and his participation in Model United Nations.

Furthermore, Sean has presented his research at several academic conferences, most notably at the Popular Culture Association of the South and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference. After graduating from Valdosta State University in December 2018, Sean gained employment at the Bennett Law Firm, LLP where he worked as a Legal Assistant before deciding he had no interest in law and instead decided to return to academia. He found his way to the University of Georgia where he hopes to further concentrate on U.S. national security related issues and eventually gain employment within the U.S. Intelligence Community. In addition to his interest in International Affairs, Sean is a naturally curious guy who enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, hiking, traveling, fishing, and spending time with his amazing wife April, their two cats, Oreo and Kit-Kat, and his goof-ball of a husky, Bear.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Awards and Honors:
    • Summa Cum Laude: December 2018
    • Dean’s list: 2014-2018
    • National Model United Nations Position Paper Award: November 2018
    • National Model United Nations Distinguished Delegation Award: November 2018
    • Bailey Scholarship: May 2018
    • William Gabbard Scholarship: April 2018
    • EU Certificate Studies Program Paper Award (1st Place): March 2018
    • National Model United Nations Position Paper Award: March 2018
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Paper Award (3rd Place): February 2018
    • William M. Morrow Award: April 2017
    • National Model United Nations Honorable Delegation Award: March 2017
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Paper Award (1st Place): February 2017
  • Conferences & Presentations:
    • National Model United Nations, Washington, D.C., November 2018
    • “Building Communities: An Oral History Project,” Popular Culture Assocation in the South, New Orleans, LA, October 2018
    • “Building Communities Through Dialogue: An Oral History Project,” Southern Regional Honors Conference, Washington, D.C., April 2018
    • “The Southern Strategy and Donald J. Trump: A Story of Racial Division, Exploitation, and Fear-Mongering,” Valdosta State University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Valdosta, GA, April 2018
    • National Model United Nations, New York, NY, March 2018
    • “National-Populist Movements and their Success: The Cases of Germany and Poland,” European Union Studies Conference, Milledgeville, GA, March 2018
    • “Building Communities Through Dialogue: An Oral History Project,” Bystanders and Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South, Birmingham, AL, February 2018
    • National Model United Nations, Banff, Alberta, Canada, November 2017
    • National Model United Nations, New York, NY, March 2017
    • Cultivating Community and (Re)Defining Civic Engagement, Washington, D.C., January 2017
    • Southern Regional Model United Nations, Atlanta, GA, November 2016
  • Publications:
    • Jankowski, Sean P. “The East China Sea Dispute: A Case Study.” Omnino Research Journal, vol. 7 (2017): 8-18.
Research Interests

Cyber Security, U.S. National Security Policy, U.S. Grand Strategy, Hegemonic Powers & Power Transitions, Global Security Issues & Conflict, American Foreign Policy