George Nicolas Georgarakis

George Nicolas Georgarakis


External Shocks and National Symbols: A Psychological Approach to Public Opinion Under Threat

Research Interest


George N. Georgarakis is a dual-degree Ph.D. student in political science between Columbia and Sciences Po. His current research falls within the scope of political psychology, primarily in the areas of emotion and personality, and public opinion.

Funded by the Sciences Po Doctoral Scholarship, the Alliance program, and the Onassis Foundation his thesis project explores the psychological bases of public opinion in the wake of external shocks in France and the US 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 Columbia, 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 affective and symbolic bases of the rally-round-the-flag effect in the wake of the January 2015 Paris terror attacks. He has worked as research assistant in Greece, Ireland, and France.

Reasearch Topics: Political Psychology; Political Attitudes and Behavior; Public Opinion; Quantitative and Experimental Methods

Advisors: Robert Y. Shapiro (Columbia) & Nicolas Sauger (Sciences Po)