Meet New Council Member, Mark Crescenzi of UNC Chapel Hill

mark-crescenziMark Crescenzi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Mark Crescenzi is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received is BA from the University of California, Irvine, and his MA and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has been teaching at UNC since 1999. His research centers on the study of peace and conflict processes, with a focus on the effects of reputation on conflict, cooperation, and coordination; the link between regime dynamics and violence within and between states, and the role of economics in interstate conflict. His research has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Studies Quarterly, International Theory, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Politics. He published a book with Lexington Press in 2005 on economic interdependence and international conflict, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, the causes of conflict in world politics, and conflict management and resolution.

Crescenzi served as section president of Conflict Processes from 2010 to 2012, and has served on the section’s council. In 2015-16, he also served on the Committee to Rename the Helen Dwight Reid Award. In addition to his work with the American Political Science Association (APSA), he has been active in the International Studies Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and Peace Science Society, and has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics.

Statement of Views
It is a privilege to be nominated to serve on the APSA Council. I have been active in the association for two decades, going back to when I was a graduate student. This association is at its best when it helps us excel at research, teaching, networking and engagement. I hope to contribute by improving APSA’s resources for these priorities. I am committed to advocating for diversity in APSA governance and participation, as well as in teaching and research within the profession. Investing in career development at all stages for women and minorities improves our ability to create knowledge, educate students and engage with our communities. I am also interested in promoting the research and career development of junior faculty and graduate students.