Michael Mousseau (Ph.D. Binghamton University 1998) studies international politics with a particular focus on the link between economic conditions, institutions, and conflict. He is the creator of economic norms theory, which identifies how sustained and equal opportunity in a market can create popular interests in liberal democracy, and cause peace within and among nations. Prior to coming to UCF in 2013, Mousseau taught for fifteen years at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey, and 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). Articles have appeared in Conflict Management and Peace Science (2005, 2018), Democratization (2016), European Journal of International Relations (2003), International Interactions (2002, 2010), International Security (2002/03, 2003, 2009, 2019), International Studies Quarterly (2003, 2012, 2013), Journal of Conflict Resolution (1998, 2000), and the Journal of Peace Research (1997, 1999, 2008, 2011).

See here for how several years of back-packing through the Middle East (1984; 1991), Central America (1985-86, 1987), the Soviet Union (1991), East Africa (1991), India (1992), and the Far East (1992) laid the foundations for economic norms theory.


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