Marcie Washington

PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Nova Southeastern University (2011)

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, SIPA-414


Areas of Expertise: Conflict Resolution, The Effects of Refugee Flows on Civil Wars, Collective Memories and Contentious Politics


Marcie Washington, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations in the School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University.

Dr. Washington received her Master's degree in International Affairs in the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. The focus of her research delves into the manner in which refugees and internally displaced persons influence civil war onset. Her findings assists in bringing a halt to the notion that refugees and internally displaced persons are nothing more than victims with diminutive resources to challenge societal norms. Dr. Washington research has delivered an understanding that refugee and internally displaced persons are also challengers that organize the armed and political factions of the rebellion in particular types of societies. In addition, her research extends current literature on civil war onset beyond materialistic variables in the domestic arena that is driven by opportunistic behavior such as natural resources. Her work builds upon the rich and current scholarship on civil war onset by delving into the socio-psychological changes that occur within groups that promotes collective action. Demonstrating that understanding collective action is impractical in the absence of close attention to how memories influence collectives to engage in contentious tactics to reframe a 'real and/or perceived' grievance from the past in order to reinforce their desired identity.

Courses Taught

INR 5012: Global Issues and Human Rights
ISS 6926: Capstone Project