George Georgarakis, BA MA MA PhD

Moritz Schlick Postdoctoral Fellow

Main Research Areas and Interests

  • Political Communication
  • Public Opinion
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Psychology
  • Experiments

George N. Georgarakis is a Moritz Schlick postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Communication at the University of Vienna, Austria. His research focuses on political communication, public opinion, and political psychology, primarily in the E.U. and the U.S. In his research, he relies on a variety of quantitative tools, including survey, conjoint, and field experiments as well as large panel and cross-sectional datasets.
At the University of Vienna, he is affiliated to the Political Communication Research Group (POLCOM). In his project, titled “Random DailyMe, Wise DailyUs: How can serendipity reduce the polarizing effects of selective exposure to fake news?”, George studies the political psychology of misinformation and misconceptions and proposes scalable approaches to reduce online polarization.
In parallel, he is a postdoctoral associate in the ERC-funded POLINEQUAL project in the Department of Political Science at Sciences Po Grenoble, France. In this research program, he is responsible for fielding experiments to study the framing effects of economic inequality and develop persuasive communication strategies to redress inequalities.
Before joining the University of Vienna and Sciences Po Grenoble, George was assistant professor (untenured) in the Department of Communication at the University of Athens. He received a joint Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris in 2021.
His research has been supported by the Moritz Schlick early-career program, the Alliance Program, the National Foundation of Political Science (France), the Onassis Foundation, and the Columbia
Experimental Laboratory for the Social Sciences. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals in Communication, Political Science, and Psychology, including Political Psychology.


Curriculum Vitae

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Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Kouloglou, N., & Georgarakis, G. (2023). Public Support for European Integration in Greece and Italy Between 2015 and 2020. Politics and Governance, 11(3).
  • Georgarakis, G. N. 2022. “Yikes! The Effect of Incidental Disgust and Information on Political and Health Attitudes during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Political Psychology.
  • Georgarakis, G. N. and R.Y. Shapiro. 2021. “Liberal Internationalism and Partisan Discontents into the Post-Trump United States.” The H-Diplo/ISSF Policy Series: America and the World: The Effects of the Trump Presidency.
  • Georgarakis, G. N. 2021. “Anatomy of the Rally Round the Flag Effect.” Science and Society: Review of Political and Moral Theory, 40, 84-113.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

  • Georgarakis, G. N. and R.Y. Shapiro. 2023. “Liberal Internationalism and Partisan Conflict in Post-Trump United States” In The Liberal Order Strikes Back? Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and the Future of International Politics, edited by Robert Jervis, Diane Labrosse, Stacie Goddard, and Joshua Rovner. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • Kouloglou, Nicolas and G. N. Georgarakis. 2023. “Public Support for European Disintegration: Cultural Threat or Economic Anxiety? The cases of Greece and Italy between 2012 and 2019” In Envisioning the Future of Communication Conference Proceedings, Athens, GR: Gutenberg Press.
  • Demertzis, Nicolas and G. N. Georgarakis. 2022. “Political Efficacy, Political Interest, and Participation in Politics” In Opinions, Perceptions, Alignments and Dealignments, edited by Valia Aranitou, Vasiliki Georgiadou, Gerassimos Moschonas and Manos Tsatsanis. Athens, GR:Gutenberg Press. (in Greek)