Mark Crescenzi, Political Science

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Department of Political Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CB# 3265, Hamilton Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3265

Office: (919) 962-0401, 364 Hamilton Hall
Fax: (919) 962-0432
E-mail: crescenzi@unc.edu
Web: http://www.unc.edu/~crescenz
Curriculum Vitae

Fields of Specialization: International Relations, Conflict Processes, International Political Economy, Democratic Transition Theory, Formal Theory, Research Design


Mark J.C. Crescenzi is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1993 and both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995 and 2000.

Professor Crescenzi teaches courses in International Relations, including Introductory International Relations, International Conflict Processes and National Security and Defense Policy.

Professor Crescenzi currently is engaged in three major research projects. The first project concerns the link between international economic interdependence and conflict. This research provides evidence that sometimes globalization can lead to peace even though it does not lead to harmony. In the second research project he focuses on theories of reputation, history, and learning in world politics. This research examines the way nations learn from their historical interactions with one another, as well as the interactions among other nations. Direct and indirect reputations develop over time, influencing the context of international relations. The third line of research delineates the role of democracy on international conflict, particularly the effects of democracy in the international system on conflict and state survival. Professor Crescenzi has recently contributed articles to the American Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Politics. He also published a book in 2005 with Lexington Books on the subject of economic interdependence and conflict.