Program on Georgian Studies

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

Welcome to the Program on Georgian Studies at the Davis Center. The program encourages research on Georgia and the South Caucasus region here at Harvard, establishes collaboration between Georgian and American academics and students, and promotes knowledge of the region to the broader community.

We have multiple opportunities for students, junior scholars, and faculty, from both Harvard and Georgia. If you are interested in spending a semester conducting research at Harvard, want to learn more about Georgia in the classroom, or want to develop a course — or a component in your course — related to the South Caucasus, then please view our website for opportunities. We offer grants, fellowships, summer internships, and classes on the region that may be right for you.

If you want to learn more about Georgia and the South Caucasus, we have research guides on Harvard’s holdings and provide information on resources about the region both online and elsewhere, at U.S. universities, libraries, and institutions. See both past and coming events offered by the program below. Attend a lecture, a workshop, an online panel, or a film screening and learn more about the history, politics, and culture of this region.

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

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A group of people involved in the Georgian Studies inaugural events

Staff and community members gathered for the Georgian Studies Inaugural Events, September 22, 2022.

Opportunities and Resources

Related Insights

"The region’s significance has been underestimated because it cannot be understood from the perspective of a single scholar working in a single academic discipline," writes historian Kelly O'Neill, director of the Davis Center's Imperiia Project.

Stephen Jones, director of the Davis Center's Program on Georgian Studies, remembers Richard Hovannisian, a founding father of South Caucasus studies in the U.S., who died this month at the age of 90.

Although Georgians largely favor joining NATO, writes Davis Center alum Joshua Kucera, analysts see tension in Tbilisi’s relations with the bloc: cozy enough to draw Russia’s ire, but not nearly close enough to protect against it.

Related Events

Upcoming Event

K-14 educators are invited to join us at our fall teacher workshop, where we will learn to navigate the Caucasus. 


Upcoming Event

2023 Ilia Chavchavadze Lecture featuring Charles King.

Upcoming Event

There are major geopolitical shifts afoot in the South Caucasus and Georgia is central to their outcome. What explains the strains in the Georgian-U.S. relationship and what are its prospects?