Columbia Alliance

Columbia Alliance

2018 Doctoral Mobility Grantees
Congratulations to Étienne Dignat, Adrien Estève & George N. Geogarakis
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Created in 2002, Alliance is an innovative academic joint-venture between Columbia University and three major French institutions: École PolytechniqueSciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

The Alliance Call for Doctoral Mobility is intended to support and finance transatlantic research projects of the highest quality, in all disciplines, under the joint supervision of faculty members from Columbia, Sciences Po, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and École Polytechnique.

Etienne Dignat

Etienne Dignatis is a Ph.D. student in Political Science (Political Theory). His work focuses on Ethics of war and questions the political duty to rescue its own citizen. He also analyzes hostage-taking as a global phenomenon combining diplomacy, law, and economics to assess the relevance of the practice in the current international context.
Etienne Dignat previously graduated a Master 2 in Literature (Ecole Normale Superieure LSH, 2014) and Public Affairs (Sciences Po, 2017).

Adrien Estève

Adrien Estève is a Ph.D. student in Political Science (Political Theory) at Sciences Po, affiliated to the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI). His research focuses on the emergence of environmental and climate-related issues in defense policies, both in France and in the United States. He holds a master's degree from Sciences Po Paris (Political theory) and a master's degree from Sciences Po Aix en Provence (Public policy). He teaches political science, international relations and political theory at Sciences Po.

George N. Georgarakis 

George N. Georgarakis pursues a Dual Ph.D. program in political science between Sciences Po and Columbia University. His current research falls within the scope of political psychology, primarily in the areas of emotion and personality, and symbolic politics.

Funded by the Sciences Po and the Onassis Foundation Doctoral Scholarships, and under the supervision of Prof. Nicolas Sauger (Sciences Po) and Robert Y. Shapiro (Columbia University), his dissertation project explores the psychological bases of public opinion in the wake of external shocks in France and the U.S. 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 Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics in 2017, 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 effective and symbolic bases of the rally-round-the-flag effect in the wake of the January 2015 Paris terror attacks. He has worked as a research assistant in Greece, Ireland, and France.

[ Janvier 2019 ]

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