Program on Georgian Studies

Advancing the study of Georgia and the South Caucasus through research and scholarly exchange, teaching, and outreach.

The Program on Georgian Studies began in January 2022 under the directorship of Stephen F. Jones, professor at Mount Holyoke College. 

The program is designed around three goals:

The first is to establish a multidisciplinary center for Georgian studies in the United States. The program will provide research opportunities, language study, classes, and seminars with the aim of creating a cadre of young American scholars and specialists focused on Georgia and the neighboring South Caucasian states of Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Group photo of students with professor

Our first class in the Program in Georgian Studies—GOV 1188: Identities, State Building, and Political Change in Eurasia (with a focus on Caucasia)—celebrates the end of semester with the former Ambassador of Georgia to the EU, Natalie Sabanadze.

The second goal is to promote research collaboration between U.S. and Georgian universities. This includes student and scholarly exchanges, summer programs, and collaborative projects involving Georgian, North American, and European partners.

Our third goal is to stimulate the development and dissemination of knowledge of Georgian history, culture, literature, politics, and economics among the American public. 

The program is supported by a sponsored research award from the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science.

Related Insights

Small states are no longer helpless entities without agency—they have a whole box of tools at their disposal, says Stephen Jones, Director of the Program on Georgian Studies.

Overstating the similarities between Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine today leads to a deeper misunderstanding of both conflicts, write Fellow Natia Gamkrelidze and Tinatin Japaridze.

Anti-Russian belligerence will not help Georgia, but nor will the current government’s attempts to avoid conflict at any cost, writes Stephen Jones.

Related Events

Past Event

The seminar offers the discussion of alternative ways of thinking about accountability and citizen participation in Georgia and Armenia through the lens of open democracy.

Past Event

This panel will discuss the book Georgia’s Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Challenges for a Small State (London: I.B. Tauris,  2022).

Past Event

This panel is the first in a series called Georgian Society in Transition, sponsored by the Program in Georgian Studies at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard.