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).


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