College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences

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Sandra Emerson

Dr. Marc Scarcelli

Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Phone: 909-869-4364
Office Location: 94-310
Office Hours: TuTh 10:00am-12:00pm (online only)
Full CV (not updated)

Academic Area

International Relations, Comparative Politics

Areas of Expertise

Civil war, ethnic conflict, terrorism, guerrilla warfare, Haiti, extreme poverty

Research Statement

Dr. Scarcelli joined the department in the fall of 2014, having previously served in faculty positions at Ohio University and Bowdoin College. He teaches courses on international relations and comparative politics, offering a broad range of security topics, from war and terrorism to ethnic conflict and other non-state security threats. His research focuses on ethnic conflict and modern civil wars. He also maintains a strong personal interest in matters of extreme poverty, stemming from his background on involvement with humanitarian development work in Haiti.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of California, Davis, 2009
  • BA, Purdue University, 1999

Courses Taught

FALL 2019
Examines the problem of terrorism, including its definition, origins and development, cases of terrorist organizations, its expansion into a global phenomenon, tactics and strategies, the question of causes, and counterterrorism’s tactics, strategies, and policy dilemmas.
Study of transnational criminal industries focusing on drugs, weapons, human smuggling, and other illicit industries, including money laundering. Additional focus on the role of laws, policies, and social norms in shaping and countering illicit industries.
Selection and completion of a thesis under faculty supervision. Thesis is to be of substantial quality on a significant problem in the student’s major area of interest within political science.


Scarcelli, M. 2017. "The Uneven Application of the 'Civil War' Label to Iraq." Civil Wars, 19(1): 87-107. (Link)
Scarcelli, M. 2014. "Social Cleavages and Civil War Onset." Ethnopolitics 13(2) :181-202. (Link)
Scarcelli, M. 2012. "Religious identity and civil conflict in Africa." in Religious Ideas and Institutions: Transitions to Democracy in Africa, eds. E. J. Keller and R. Iyob. Pretoria: University of South Africa (UNISA) Press. (Link)
Kyle, D., & Scarcelli, M. 2009. "Migrant smuggling and the violence question: evolving illicit migration markets for Cuban and Haitian refugees." Crime, Law, and Social Change 52(3): 297-311. (Link)