George Georgarakis

Dual PhD Candidate in Political Science at Sciences Po and Columbia University

George N. Georgarakis pursues a Dual PhD program in political science between Sciences Po and Columbia. His current research falls within the scope of political psychology, primarily in the areas of emotion and personality, and public opinion.

Funded by the Sciences Po Doctoral Scholarship, the Alliance program, and the Onassis Foundation his thesis project explores the psychological bases of public opinion in the wake of external shocks in France and the US by applying an experimental approach. In particular, he studies how exposure to national symbols and symbolic rhetoric regulates how the public assesses risk, and accordingly performs policy trade-offs under threat.

Prior to attending the CEE, he received a diploma in Communication and Media Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece in 2013, and a master’s degree in Communications from Sciences Po, Paris in 2017 (cum laude) funded by the Onassis Foundation Scholarship. As a graduate student at Sciences Po, he pursued a master’s thesis on the affective and symbolic bases of the rally-round-the-flag effect in the wake of the January 2015 Paris terror attacks. He has worked as research assistant in Greece, Ireland, and France.


Research Topics

Political Psychology; Political Attitudes and Behavior; Public Opinion; Quantitative and Experimental Methods

Thesis : External Shocks and National Symbols: A Psychological Approach to Public Opinion Under Threat, Thèse : Chocs exogènes et symboles nationaux: une approche psychologique de l'opinion publique en période de menaces élevées