Florian Justwan

International Relations

Hometown: Mallersdorf-Pfaffenberg, Germany

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the School of Public and International Affairs. In my dissertation I investigate the effect of generalized social trust on the conflict management behavior of democracies.

After receiving a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Regensburg in 2009, I moved to Athens in order to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Here, I teach classes on both International Relations and Comparative Politics and I conduct research on a wide range of topics related to international conflict and social trust.

So far, my work has appeared in Electoral Studies and International Political Science Review. My Master’s Thesis (in German) has been published as a monograph in 2010. For more information on my research and existing working papers, please visit my website.

I will obtain my degree in the summer of 2015.


M.A., University of Regensburg 2009, Political Science

Of Note

  •  Fall 2014 – Spring 2015: UGA - Dissertation Completion Award (10 month scholarship awarded by UGA's Graduate School on a competitive basis).
  • Summer 2014: Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship Award to attend the 2014 ICPSR Summer Program.
  • Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: W. Tapley Bennett Jr. Scholarship
  • Fall 2010 – Spring 2014: School of Public and International Affairs Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Fall 2010: Recognition as Distinguished Teaching Assistant (School of Public and International Affairs)

Research Interests

My main research agenda focuses on the effects of generalized social trust on international and domestic politics. Specifically, I investigate the impact of trust on the conflict management behavior of democracies. I have also published research on citizen satisfaction with democracy.