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John L. Gantner

Office Hours (Spring 2023)

Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:30am - 12:30pm; or by appointment


B.A - Marietta College (2022)


I am a first-year Ph.D. student focusing on international relations. My research interests, which are still developing, revolve around great powers, strategies, and the role geography plays in them. Some of my recent work has revolved around the role of terrain on strategy choice and the importance of spatial proximity in political decisions.

I grew up on a farm in central Ohio, where lived until attending Marietta College beginning in the Fall of 2018. There, I received my Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science, and Geographic Information Science, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Spring of 2022.

In my time in undergrad, I was an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Model United Nations, and received an "Investigative Studies" Summer Fellowship that allowed me to work closely with my academic advisor on a research project. This, along with other things, helped my enrolling in the University of Kentucky's Political Science Ph.D. program.