Dr. Marc Polizzi

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Dr. Marc Polizzi

Dr. Marc Polizzi

Associate Professor
Political Science

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Dr. Polizzi's CV

  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • MA, University of Missouri
  • B.A., University of Missouri

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice
  • Non-State Actors
  • Political Violence
  • Anti-Government Contention and Protests
  • Latin American Politics

Courses Taught

  • POL 250 Introduction to International Relations
  • HON 270 Honors Introduction to International Relations
  • POL/SOC 360 Research Methods
  • POL 449 Human Rights
  • POL 453 Government and Politics of Latin America
  • POL 457 International Law and Organizations
  • POL 469 Terrorism, Insurgency and Counterterrorism
  • POL 499 Senior Seminar 


Dr. Marc S. Polizzi joined the faculty at Murray State University in the Fall of 2016. He teaches courses on a wide range of International Relations topics including: Introduction to International Relations, Human Rights, Terrorism, Insurgency, and Counterterrorism, Latin American Politics, and Research Methods.

In addition to his teaching interests, his research focuses on transitional justice efforts--such as truth commissions and human rights trials--in post-conflict and post-authoritarian states. Specifically, he is interested in whether or not these efforts are successful in promoting democracy and human rights, and the role these mechanisms play in incorporating marginalized populations into the political system. He also researches the role of non-state actors in democratic processes, particularly protest movements in Latin America against resource extraction. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, the International Journal of Human Rights, the Extractive Industries and Society, and his recent book entitled The Roots of Engagement: Understanding Opposition and Support for Resource Extraction (Oxford University Press 2022). 

Dr. Polizzi received his Ph.D. and MA from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in International Relations and Comparative Politics. His dissertation is entitled “Conditional Justice: Determining the Implementation and Effectiveness of Transitional Justice Mechanisms.” Dr. Polizzi also received his B.A. from the University of Missouri, majoring in political science and minoring in economics.

Selected Publications

  • Arce, Moisés, Michael S. Hendricks, and Marc S. Polizzi. 2022. The Roots of Engagement: Understanding Opposition and Support for Resource Extraction. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 
  • Marc S. Polizzi. 2022. "Transitional Justice." In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, Oxford University Press. Article. (August 18, 2022).
  • Marc S. Polizzi and Jeffrey King. 2021. "Aid for Justice? Analyzing the Impact of Foreign Aid on Recipient Transitional Justice Implementation." The International Journal of Human Rights. DOI: 10.1080/13642987.2021.1948404
  • Danielle Nielsen, Diane Sabenacio Nititham, and Marc S. Polizzi. 2021. "Interdisciplinary Team Teaching: Reflections on Praxis and Pedagogy in an Undergraduate Classroom." College Teaching. DOI: 10.1080/87567555.2021.1915236
  • Bryce Reeder and Marc S. Polizzi. 2021. "Transforming Zones of Exclusion to Zones of Inclusion? Local-Level UN Peacekeeping Deployments and Educational Attainment." International Studies Quarterly. DOI: 10.1093/isq/sqab018
  • Moises Arce, Marc S. Polizzi, and Bryce Reeder. 2020. "Willingness to Protest Over Resource Extraction in Latin America." The Extractive Industries and Society 7(2): 716-728.
  • Marc S. Polizzi and Amanda Murdie. 2019. "NGOs and Human Rights." In The Routledge Handbook of NGOs and International Relations.  
  • Moises Arce, Rebecca Miller, Christopher F. Patane, and Marc S. Polizzi. 2017. "Resource Wealth, Democracy, and Mobilisation." Journal of Development Studies 54(6): 949-967.
  • Marc S. Polizzi and Amanda Murdie. 2016. “Human Rights and Transnational Advocacy Networks.” In The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Mark Lubell, and Alexander Montgomery, eds.

Student Organizations

Dr. Polizzi is the faculty advisor for Murray State's Amnesty International Chapter. Amnesty International is an international non-governmental organization focused on the advancement of human rights on a global scale, campaigning against torture, political imprisonment, and other forms of government repression. If you are interested in joining Murray State's chapter, please contact Dr. Polizzi at mpolizzi@murraystate.edu



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