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Marc Scarcelli

Dr. Marc Scarcelli

Assistant Professor of Political Science

PHONE: 909-869-4364


OFFICE: 94-310

OFFICE HOURS: MW 2:00-3:50pm

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

The phenomenon of international conflict with primary emphasis on theories concerning the causes of war; conflict resolution, strategies for peace keeping, and options for a peaceful world order.
Selection and completion of a thesis under faculty supervision. Thesis is to be of substantial academic quality on a significant problem in the student’s major area of interest within political science. Work to be completed over two quarters in PLS 461 and PLS 462. Required minimum of 120 hours.
Study of the precursors, the creation, the evolution, and the operations of the United Nations combined with the history, development, and foreign relations of selected Member Nations in preparation for participation in the National Model UN Conference. Course fulfills GE Interdisciplinary Synthesis C4 or D4.


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)