Dovile Budryte

Dr. Dovile Budryte

Professor of Political Science, Chair of Faculty

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Dovile Budryte, Ph.D, is a professor of political science at Georgia Gwinnett College. Her areas of interest include gender studies, trauma and memory in international relations and nationalism. She was a 2004 National Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient, 2000-01 Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs (New York) Fellow, and a 1998-99 Fellow at the College for Advanced Central European Studies at Europa University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Her publications include articles on gender issues, minority rights and democratization in the Baltic states and five books, Taming Nationalism? Political Community Building in the Post-Soviet Baltic States (2005), Feminist Conversations: Women, Trauma and Empowerment in Post-Authoritarian Societies (co-edited with Lisa M. Vaughn and Natalya T. Riegg, 2009), Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates (co-edited with Erica Resende, 2013), Engaging Difference: Teaching Humanities and Social Science in Multicultural Environments (co-edited with Scott A. Boykin, 2017) and Crisis and Change in Post-Cold War Global Politics: Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective (eds. Erica Resende, Dovile Budryte, and Didem Buhari-Gulmez, 2018, Palgrave Macmillan).

In March 2020, she gave an invited talk “Why Do Traumas Matter in International Relations?  Memory Politics and the Study of Crises” during an international conference “Dealing with the Trauma of an Undigested Past” organized by the Foreign Ministry of Lithuania and Sakharov Center at Vytautas Magnus University.

In 2020, together with Erica Resende and Douglas Becker, she co-edited a special issue of Interdisciplinary Political Studies on memory and politics and wrote the introductory essay.

Recently, she published articles in peer-reviewed special issues of The Journal of Baltic Studies, Gender and HistoryHumanities and co-edited a special issue of Ethnicity Studies on transnational memory. Her current research agenda is reflected in a recent essay published in E-International Relations.

In 2016, she recorded a webinar for the University System of Georgia Faculty Development Monthly Series on the use of the intersectionality concept in teaching political science. Budryte has delivered invited talks at various colleges and universities internationally, including Florida International University, University of Cincinnati, University of Latvia, Vilnius University (Institute of International Relations and Political Science), Warsaw University, The National Technical University of Ukraine and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Center for The Study of War and Society).


  • Doctorate – international studies – Old Dominion University
  • Master of Arts – international studies – Old Dominion University
  • Bachelor of Arts – communications – Walsh University
  • Studies in Journalism – Vilnius University, Lithuania

Academic Interests

  • Gender studies
  • Memory politics
  • Memory and trauma in international relations
  • Eastern Europe
  • Baltic studies


  • Elected to serve on the AABS (Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies) Board of Directors as the vice president for publications, 2016-2018 and 2018-2020; president-elect, 2020-2022.
  • University System of Georgia Regents’ Teaching Excellence Award, FY 2015 
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Gwinnett College, 2014
  • Ann Austin Johnston Outstanding Faculty Member Award (the highest award for teaching at Brenau University), 2004
  • Greek Council Faculty Member of the Year (the highest award for campus service and teaching at Brenau University; selected by students), 2004