I am currently a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. I am also currently the Book Editor for International Studies Review.
My research falls within the field of political science -- in particular, the subfield of international relations -- and focuses on international conflict and its (peaceful) management and resolution. It touches upon topics that fall under the broad headings of territorial conflict, international border disputes, interstate rivalries (or protracted conflict), crisis diplomacy, the interstate-intrastate conflict nexus, democratization, human rights, international law, and various conflict management methods (e.g., negotiations, mediation, arbitration, adjudication, and peacekeeping). Over the years, my research has been supported by a University of Georgia Faculty Research Grant, the Minerva Research Initiative (Department of Defense), and the United States Institute of Peace. In 2017, I received the School of Public and International Affairs' (SPIA) Excellence in Research Award.
At the University of Georgia, I teach both undergraduate and graduate courses, including a First-Year Odyssey (for incoming freshmen). These courses often employ simulations or similar activities (e.g., the Reacting to the Past pedagogy). I also advise our Model United Nations club, the Sigma Iota Rho honors society, and myriad students through a variety of offices on campus. For my work both inside and outside the classroom, I was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2020. I have also received the 2015 Richard B. Russell Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the 2018 School of Public and International Affairs' (SPIA) Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2017 First-Year Odyssey Teaching Award, the 2014 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Research Mentoring Award, and the 2015 SPIA Student Union Teacher of the Year Award---and was named a 2017-2018 Student Veterans' Resource Center Distinguished Fellow. In 2017, I was inducted by invitation into the university's Teaching Academy.
A more detailed explanation of my research---including the research questions in which I am interested, publications, working papers, and replication data---appears on my Research page. Information on the courses I teach (including sample syllabi), my mentoring/advisory roles, teaching honors, and evidence of my teaching effectiveness can be found on my Instruction page. Student resources (for example, the list of materials I need to write a letter of recommendation) appear on the page For Students. And students can schedule an appointment to speak with me during my office hours by visiting my Office Hours Appointment page.
To contact me, please email me at aowsiak[at]uga[dot]edu.
Updated: July 2019
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