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Michael Mousseau (Ph.D. Binghamton University 1998) came to UCF in 2013 from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been a research fellow at the United Nations Studies Program, Yale University (2003); the Belfer Center International Security Program, Harvard University (2005 – 2006); and the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University (2010-2011).

Areas of Published Research: International Conflict, Terrorism, Insurgency, Civil Conflict, State Failure, Democracy, Human Rights.

Main Research Contribution: Original micro-foundational theory on the socioeconomic origins of in-group/out-group oriented values and institutions. Studies have corroborated the theory’s capacity to offer novel accounts for domestic and international terrorism, political extremism, anti-Americanism, civil conflict, democracy, human rights, disaster relief, foreign policy preferences, and patterns of international conflict and cooperation.

Articles have appeared in Journal of Peace Research (1997, 1999, 2008, 2011), Journal of Conflict Resolution (1998, 2000), International Security (2002/03, 2003, 2009), International Interactions (2002, 2010), International Studies Quarterly (2003, 2012, 2013), European Journal of International Relations (2003), Conflict Management and Peace Science (2005, 2018), and Democratization (2016).

See here for how Mousseau’s micro-foundational theory was inspired by several years of ethnographic study in the Middle East (1984; 1991), Central America (1985-86, 1987), the Soviet Union (1991), East Africa (1991), India (1992), and the Far East (1992).

See Mousseau’s Wikipedia page here.

Articles & Book Chapters


Book Reviews

Contract Intensity of National Economies (CINE), Version Jan-2019

Michael Mousseau,

The Contract Intensity of National Economies (CINE) data are aggregated annually with coverage for most years of every non-micro sovereign nation identified by the Correlates of War project: 172 countries from 1920 to 2010. The data are designed to gauge non-self-enforcing contract flows in nations, meaning contract flows that require third-party enforcement. The data, codebook, source data, and Stata do file can be obtained here.

Observation of Democratic peace

Dr. Michael Mousseau, professor and graduate coordinator, has recently published an article titled “Grasping the scientific evidence: The contractualist peace supersedes the democratic peace.” This article... Read more

COS Faculty Promotion and Tenure

Promotion is a mark of accomplishment and a gratifying recognition from one’s peers. Because of their hard work and dedication, the following staff members have been promoted at UCF. Promotion to Professor To... Read more

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