Michael Marshall

Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Research Methods. Previously, I’ve held positions at Miami University and Texas A&M University - Commerce. 

As a committed peace scholar, my research and pedagogical interests attempt to understand state-sponsored political violence as well as the likelihood of sustainable peace and democratization after conflict. I am especially interested in uncovering the processes through which non-state actors involved in conflict, transition into effective political parties, interest groups, and security forces after civil wars end. The bulk of my current research agenda focuses on the effects of foreign patrons on rebel party development and behavior following negotiated peace settlements. 

My work can be found in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Party Politics, and Democratization.


Personal Website -

Politics after War -

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

National Council for U.S. - Arab Relations  


Visiting Assistant Professor


Political Science

Educational Background

Ph.D. Political Science,  University of North Texas  2015

  • Comparative Politics; International Relations; Research Methods
  • Dissertation: “Foreign Sponsorship and Rebel Party Development”

B.A. History, Binghamton University (SUNY) 2009

  • Post-Colonialism; Genocide

B.A. Politics, Philosophy, and Law, Binghamton University (SUNY) 2009

  • Human Rights

I am...

a political scientist and peace researcher who studies comparative government and international relations. Most of my work focuses on post-conflict politics and sustainable peace. 

My career at Alma began in


I'm an expert in

Political Violence; Political Institutions; Peace Studies

Signature course(s):

Comparative Politics; International Relations; Middle East and North Africa;

Recent publications:

Marshall, Michael C. Forthcoming. “Foreign Rebel Sponsorship: A Patron-Client Analysis of Party Viability after Negotiated Settlements” Journal of Conflict Resolution 63(3) 

Marshall, Michael C. and John Ishiyama. 2017. “Does Political Inclusion of Rebel Parties Promote Peace after Civil Conflict?” in From Bullets to Ballots: The Transformation of Rebel Groups into Political Parties. Routledge: New York, NY.

Ishiyama, John and Michael C. Marshall. 2017. “What Explains Former Rebel Party Name Changes after a Civil Conflict Ends? External                   and Internal Factors and the Transition to Political Competition.” Party Politics 23(4), pp.364–375

Marshall, Michael C. and John Ishiyama. 2016. “Does Transformation of Rebel Organizations into Political Parties Promote Durable Peace?” Democratization 23(6): 1009 - 1025 


 Ishiyama, John and Michael C. Marshall. 2015. “Candidate Selection and Former Rebel Parties.” Party Politics 21(4): 591 - 602

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