Jonathan Darsey

Ph.D. Student

Member Of:
  • School of International Affairs
Office Location:
Habersham -16B
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Jonathan (JD) is a second year PhD International Relations student at Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, where he studies international development and comparative politics. Prior to Georgia Tech, he spent nearly 20 years in business strategy as a consultant to global pharmaceutical companies at Accenture and as an academic administrator at Emory University. His research explores the intersection of political economy and geography, focusing on how political, social, and economic factors affect regional variations in development & conflict. His research projects include studies of how different forms of political decentralization influence deforestation rates in Northeast India, how rural land ownership patterns contributed to the spatial distribution of violence in Burundi’s civil war, and how colonial-era transportation infrastructure continues to influence the distribution of political and economic power within countries that were European colonies. In addition, he is interested in "Digital IR", applying GIS / geostatistics, social network analysis, data visualization, and natural language processing to academic research problems.

Faculty Advisor:
Thomas Boston
  • Master of International Service, International Affairs. American University (2016)
  • Master of Business Business Administration, Strategy. Cornell University (1999)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics / Sociology. Davidson College (1990)
Awards and
  • DILAC Fellow (Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center). Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech (2017)
  • MBA with Distinction (Top 10%). Cornell (1999)
  • Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. Thomas J. Watson Foundation (1990-1991)
  • Dean Rusk Fellowship. Davidson College (1988)
Areas of
  • Business-Led Development
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Deforestation
  • Development
  • Digital IR
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • GIS
  • International Relations


Research Fields:
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Development Economics
  • Digital Humanities
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development and Smart Cities
  • Energy, Climate and Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Economics
  • Information and Communications Technologies for Development
  • Innovation and Diffusion
  • International Diffusion and Innovation in IT
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Market-based Incentives
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy
  • Africa (Sub-Saharan)
  • Asia (South)
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • International Development
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Regional Development
  • Weapons and Security
  • African Studies
  • Armed Conflict
  • Business Strategy
  • Conflicts
  • Diffusion of Technology
  • Digital Humanities
  • Emerging Technologies - Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Film History and Theory
  • Globalization and Localization
  • Higher Education: Teaching and Learning
  • Historiography
  • Immigration and Migration Studies
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Innovation
  • Latin-American, Latino/Latina, and Hispanic Studies
  • Perspectives on technology
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Post-Modernism
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Social Movements
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • Technology Management and Policy
  • Terrorism
  • Wicked Problems
  • World Literature

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