Gabriel C. Kelly

Areas of Expertise

International Development, Alliances, Authoritarianism, Democratization

Major — International Relations

Minor — Comparative Politics

Gabriel C. Kelly Ph.D. '25 is focused on democratization, authoritarianism, alliances, and international development. He has co-authored a US Department of State policy paper; conducted fieldwork in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and has contributed to two foreign policy textbooks focused on transitions to democracy. He has conducted executive-level research on economic development for the United States' third most livable city, managed $14.2 million in government grant-funded projects, and evaluated $15 million in grant applications. He has authored, edited & contributed to multiple works, and he has conducted research at both the Eisenhower Institute & the Institute for European, Russian & Eurasian Studies at George Washington University. He is an avid rower, mountain biker, and is also highly skilled in the fine arts. He was selected to play alto saxophone at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music and was chosen to write at the Iowa Writers Workshop.



B.A. Gettysburg College

M.A. The George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs


Role Theory in the Middle East & North Africa: Politics, Economics, & Identity. Eds. Yasemin Akbaba & Özgür Özdamar. Oxford, UK: Routledge. 2019.

“Family Ties in South Africa During the 2012 and 2016 National Elections.” Gabriel Kelly. George Washington University. Advisors Eric Kramon and John Sides. ProQuest. 2018.

Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy. Eds. Sharon Wolchik and Jane Leftwich Curry. 4th Edition. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield. 2018.

Common Cause: An Oral History of the World War II Home Front. Eds. Michael J. Birkner & Devin McKinney. Gettysburg, PA: Gettysburg College. 2018.

Civic Engagement as a Tool for De-Radicalization in Morocco. Amna Amir, Gabriel Kelly, Cierra Saylor, Jaskirat Singh. George Washington University. US Department of State: Global Engagement Center & US Embassy to Morocco. Capstone. 2018.