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

Shelby is a PhD student at the University of Georgia. She studies international relations and comparative politics with a particular interest in human rights and humanitarian intervention.

  • MA, UGA 2016, Political Science & International Affairs
  • BA, Mercer University 2014, German; Political Science
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Shelby is from Gray, GA, a small town just north of Macon, GA.  She grew up in the south, and received her B.A. in Political Science and German Studies from Mercer University. After serving as a teaching assistant during her undergraduate program, she decided to pursue academia and continue her education here at the University of Georgia. If you can’t find her on campus, she’s likely on an adventure with her two incredible dogs, or relaxing with some board games, music and friends.

Research Interests

Shelby is broadly interested in human rights and humanitarian intervention. Her specific research focuses on the interrelated processes of sanctions, diplomatic talks, and military action in state responses to human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. Some of her additional interests include shaming, repression, and the effects of INGO pressures on domestic politics.