Natia Gamkrelidze

Natia Gamkrelidze

Senior lecturer, Phd
Department of Political Science Faculty of Social Sciences
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Senior Lecturer in Political Science.


At the graduate and undergraduate levels, I have taught the following courses:

  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • International Security
  • European Union Politics
  • Global Politics
  • European Integration
  • Democratization in the World
  • International Power, Security, and Democracy
  • The Law of Sustainable Development
  • European Political Entrepreneurship


My research interests broadly lie at the intersection of international security, political psychology, and foreign-policy decision-making. In particular, I am interested in the role of perceptions and images of political elites in foreign policy decision-making. In February 2023, I completed my Ph.D. entitled "Reimagining Georgia: Images of Georgia Held by Political Elites in the West, Russia, and Georgia from 1991 to 2020." During this project, I conducted 102 interviews with political elites from the U.S., NATO, EU, Russia, and Georgia.

As a Ph.D. candidate, I was a fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York, and a visiting Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Currently, I am also a guest researcher at the Russia and the Caucasus Regional Research (RUCCAR) at Malmö University.

Outside of academia, I was an executive director of monthly bilingual Diplomat and quarterly Parliament magazines. I also have previous working experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations.


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