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Gary UzonyiGary Uzonyi

Associate Professor

Phone: (865) 974-7050

Dr. Uzonyi's Vita

Field of Study: International relations and global security


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2013


Gary Uzonyi, earned his BA in 2008 from Florida State University and PhD in 2013 from the University of Michigan, both in political science. Before coming to Tennessee, he was an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a visiting faculty member at Duke University. In addition to his position in the department, he is a Research Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Uzonyi works on topics related to international relations and global security. His research interests concern how governments choose whether to use violent or non-violent policy tools in response to information asymmetries and uncertainty. He primarily focuses on topics related to genocide, politicide, and mass killing during civil war. This research has resulted in a dozen publications in top international relations journals. Uzonyi is completing a book manuscript on how international politics influence civilian victimization during civil war.

Uzonyi has taught undergraduate and graduate students across diverse classroom settings, such as small group writing intensive seminars and large lectures. He has earned the Kingdon Teaching Award at the University of Michigan and a Merit Award for teaching at UMass-Lowell. He is passionate about undergraduate research opportunities and has received several fellowships to work with undergraduates. At UT, Uzonyi will offer courses on civil war, human rights, and United States foreign policy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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