Gregory D. Wischer

MA Candidate

Security Studies Program

Georgetown University

Washington, DC




Born and raised in a tight-knit family and community in Grand Forks, North Dakota, I grew up with a strong sense of my identity: a Wischer, a North Dakotan, and an American. As I rose through national junior tennis rankings, "tennis player" joined the identity mix, including a subsequent interest in strategy. This identity framed the way I viewed and acted in the world, creating my life's narrative.

Today, my Wischer, North Dakotan, and American identities remain, although "student" has replaced "tennis player." This change has sparked my curiosity in identity and narrative and fanned my interest in strategy. Most of my papers discuss one of these four topics: identity, narrative, interest, and strategy—but at the nation-state level.

States, like humans, have identities. These identities concomitantly shape and are shaped by narratives, which together frame state interests and strategy in the world. Ultimately, I seek to better understand why states—and their leaders—act as they do.




  • "China's Expanding Influence in Europe: Considerations for the Transatlantic Relationship," updated December 29, 2020.

  • "The Rational Gamble of Imperial Japan," updated December 11, 2020.

  • "States and Their Ideas: Imperial Russia and the Outbreak of World War I," updated October 26, 2020.

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June 2020—August 2020

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, DC

December 2019—May 2020

Global Ties Idaho

Boise, ID

May 2019—August 2019

Office of US Representative Russ Fulcher

Washington, DC

January 2019—April 2019

Centre for Policy Research

New Delhi, INDIA

October 2017—May 2018

Raúl Labrador for Governor Campaign

Boise, ID

May 2017—August 2017

J.R. Simplot Company

Boise, ID

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Source: @SenateForeign



August 2020—Present

Georgetown University

Master of Arts in Security Studies

Washington, DC

August 2015—May 2020

Boise State University

Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business, Minor in Spanish

Boise, ID



Boise State University

  • Honors College Graduation Speaker (2020) 

  • Outstanding Graduate Award for International

  • Business (2020)

  • Annual Scholarship Banquet Keynote Student Speaker (2020)

  • Signature Student Award for International Business (2019)

  • Honors College Showcase Speaker (2018, 2019)

  • Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Community Service Award (2017)

  • ITA Scholar-Athlete Award (2017)

  • Athletic Department #1 Men’s Team GPA Award (2017)

  • Athletic Department All-Academic Award (2016, 2017) 

  • Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete Award (2016, 2017)

Additional Awards

  • Emerging Leaders Award (Global Ties US, 2019)

  • Young Leaders Initiative Award (American Committees on Foreign Relations, 2019)


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