School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in International Conflict Mgmt: Current Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Elena Gheorghiu


Elena Gheorghiu graduated in 2000 from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics, and in 2008 from University of Bucharest, Romania with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Rural Planning. In 2009 she earned a Graduate Certificate Degree in Education from Academy of Economic Studies as well.

After completing two years or doctoral coursework in Sociology at Oklahoma State University, she transferred to Kennesaw State for the unique opportunity to complete the PhD in International Conflict Management and specialize in Organizational Conflict from a multi-cultural perspective.

Her Doctoral Dissertation, “Acculturation Strategies of Immigrant Professionals: The Impact on Work and Private Life Satisfaction of International Faculty in the USA”, examines the acculturation process of immigrant professors, specifically how acculturation strategies impact immigrant faculty’s work and private life satisfaction, as well as their perceived experiences of conflict in the workplace.

Her academic memberships include Georgia Sociological Association, Southern Sociological Association, and Mid-South Sociological Association. Prior to her academic experience, Elena worked for five years in private sectors. She also holds a graduate certificate in Education and speaks Romanian fluently.

Areas of Interest
Work Climates and Dynamics, Immigration, Acculturation and Quality of Life; Globalization and Internationalization of Work Force; Sociological Theory; Research Design; Quantitative and Qualitative Methodology