Rebekah Dowd

PhD Student

Office: 929 Langdale Hall
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
Rebekah Dowd Academic CV


Comparative Politics
International Politics

Research Areas

European information, social, and economic policy. Digital human rights. Labour and migration policy in EU states.  European political party behavior. International political economy.

What drew you to the department?

“Strong faculty in comparative and international politics. Available department funding/ assistantships.”

What is your favorite GSU memory?

“Study abroad experiences in Ireland and France.  I learned so much about the subfields I studied, and was able to professionally network in new ways.”


    • Master of Arts, Political Science, Georgia State University, 2016
      • Master’s Thesis: Balancing Foreign Policy Decisions: Why Do EU Policy Makers Differ in Their Refugees Policy Decisions
    • Bachelor of Science, Sociology Major, Columbus State University, 2014

Abstract: On September 9, 2015, European states were asked by EU leaders to expand their Agenda on Migration as a response to the increasing crisis involving mass refugees entering Europe. The EU Commission’s plan called for mandatory quota-based relocation of 120,000 migrants throughout EU member states.  Contrary to prior unanimous decisions, the Commission utilized a majority-support mechanism for passing the agreement. Why did this policy decision differ from prior agreements regarding foreign policy, specifically regarding accepting refugees?  This paper seeks to determine what factors may have contributed to the decision by some states to oppose the mandatory quota. Examination of both supportive and dissenting states reveals a higher incidence of socio-political changes among states that opposed the agreement. Specifically, I look at how economic growth stagnation and rising political polarization has caused fears among incumbent governments. As these governments face mounting legislative and social opposition, their support for international policies involving increased socio-economic commitments has been reduced. This has significant implications for future policy proposals made by international institutions within the European Union.


  • “Balancing Foreign Policy Decisions: Why do EU Policy-Makers Differ in Their Refugee Policy Commitments?” Chapter 8, in The Challenges of European Governance in the Age of Economic Stagnation, Immigration, and Refugees, edited by Henry F. Carey, Lexington Books, 2017.

Teaching Experience

  • POLS 2401: Global Issues. In-person lecture. Spring 2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2016

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