Eteri Tsintsadze-Maass

  • PhD Student, Teaching Assistant
  • Political Science
Research Interests:

MA in International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
BA in Psychology, Tbilisi State University


Eteri (Etuna) Tsintsadze-Maass is a fourth year graduate student in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to UK, Etuna worked as a research assistant at the Department of Government at Cornell University and the Departments of Political Science and International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her background is in psychology and conflict studies.

At UK, Etuna has been the primary instructor teaching Contemporary Global Conflicts (PS391) and Introduction to Comparative Studies (PS 210), and has also served as a teaching assistant for American Government (PS 101). Previously, she designed and taught courses on conflict transformation at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. Most recently she taught a course on global politics at the University of Evansville.



Etuna’s areas of interest are international conflict and political violence. She has published research on “Groupthink and Terrorist Radicalization” in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence. Etuna’s current research looks at the importance of national mobilization in asymmetric power relations and aims to explain the diversity of relationships ranging from military interventions to mutual cooperation between Russia and its 14 post-Soviet neighbor states.

Another stream of her research focuses on human rights, including two research projects: one exploring the differences among democracies in terms of women's right through the prism of electoral institutions and the other explaining how women's combat roles translate into post-conflict political participation.

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