PhD Candidate



Gabriella Gricius is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, an InTERFEWS NRT Trainee, and a Graduate Fellow at the North American & Arctic Defense and Security Network. She obtained her B.A. in International Relations and German Language from Boston University and her M.A. in International Security from the University of Groningen. She also earned a certificate in journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gabriella’s research interests include the former Soviet Union, Russia, the Arctic, great power competition, geopolitics, and securitization theory. She is currently interested in the securitization of the Arctic and the role of expert communities from Russian, Norwegian, and Canadian perspectives. She is also a freelance journalist and has published extensively in Foreign Policy, Bear Market Brief, Global Security Review and Riddle Russia as well as the academic journals The Asian Journal of Peacebuilding and Sicherheit & Frieden as well as various other journals. Further, she is fluent in German and English and developing her fluency in Russian and Dutch. Over the past five years, she has worked for a variety of think tanks and companies in Germany and the Netherlands, including The Public International Law & Policy Group (Amsterdam Office), The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the International Criminal Court, was part of a fact-finding mission to Transnistria and Moldova in summer 2019, and was appointed as a Fellow in the Parlamentarisches Patenschafts-Programm. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and lifting weights.


Selected and Recent:

Gabriella Gricius and Erin Fitz (2022) "Can Exceptionalism Withstand Crises? An Evaluation of the Arctic Council's Response to Climate Change and Russia's War on Ukraine." Global Studies Quarterly. 

Gabriella Gricius, (2022) Populism and Authoritarianism. In: Oswald M. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Populism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham: 177-193 (2022)

Gabriella Gricius, “Conceptualizing the Arctic as a Zone of Conflict.” The Central European Journal of International and Security Studies 15(4) (December 2021)

Gabriella Gricius, “Why freezing the Arctic Council is bad news for global security” The Conversation. April 20, 2022.

Gabriella Gricius, “Public Opinion Polls Across the Arctic, 2007 – 2021: Dataset, Methodology, and Takeaways on Post-2014 and the Arctic” The North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network. November 9, 2021

Gabriella Gricius, Andreas Raspotnik, “The European Green Deal as an EU-Arctic Foreign Policy Tool.” Modern Diplomacy. October 3, 2021.