Marc V. Simon, Ph.D.

marc simonAssociate Professor, Political Science

Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies

Office Location: 123 Williams Hall


Curriculum Vitae

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  • Associate Professor Department of Political Science, BGSU
  • Coordinator, Peace and Conflict Studies, BGSU


Marc V. Simon is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science as well as Coordinator of the minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) at Bowling Green State University.  He teaches courses on international relations, foreign policy, peace studies, and conflict resolution.  His research examines war and political violence, nonviolence, conflict resolution, economic sanctions, and environmental policy.  

Fields of Study

  • International Relations
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Environmental Policy


  • Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington, December 1991
  • M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, December 1988 (Political Science)
  • B.A. Indiana University, Bloomington, May 1985 (Mathematics)

Selected Publications


  • Alm, Les R., Ross Burkhart, and Marc Simon (2010).  Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy, and the Environment.  Santa Barabara CA: Praeger ABC-CLIO.

Book Chapters:

  • Simon, Marc V. and Harvey Starr (2017).  “Pillars of Conflict: Dynamics and Processes,” in States and Peoples in Conflict, Michael Stoll, Mark Lichbach, and Peter Grabosky eds., Routledge.
  • Englehart, Neil and Marc V. Simon (2009).  “Failing States and Failing Regimes,” pp 108-127 in Dealing with Failed States, Harvey Starr, ed.  Taylor and Francis books.


  • Alm, Leslie R. and Marc V. Simon.  (2001) “Environmental Scientists’ Perceptions of the Science-Policy Linkage ” Journal of Environmental Education.  Research note.
  • Alm, Leslie, and Marc V. Simon. (2000) “Natural Scientists, Social Scientists, and the Environment: A Cross-Border Analysis,” Journal of Borderlands Studies, 15:2 Fall 2000.
  • Simon, Marc V. and Harvey Starr. (2000)  "Two-Level Security Management and the Prospects for New Democracies," International Studies Quarterly, 44:391-422
  • Peet, Curtis, and Marc V. Simon. (2000) “Social Purpose and Militarized Disputes,” Journal of Peace Research 37:6:659-677.  
  • Simon, Marc V. and Harvey Starr (1996) "Extraction, Allocation, and the Rise and Decline of States: A Simulation Analysis of Two-Level Security Management," Journal of Conflict Resolution, June, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 272-297.
  • Simon, Marc V. (1995) "When Sanctions Can Work: Economic Sanctions and the Theory of Moves," International Interactions, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 203-228.
  • Simon, Marc V. and Les R. Alm (1995) "Policy Windows and Two-Level Games: Explaining the Passage of the Clean Air Act of 1990," Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, vol. 13, pp. 459-478.


  • Top 3 Finalist, BGSU Student Alumni Connection Master Teacher Award 2010-2011.
  • BGSU Panhellenic Council “Teacher of the Month” for  November, 2010


  • Fulbright lecturing award, Fulbright/Diplomatic Academy Visiting Professor of International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria, March – July 2008.
  • US Dept. of State, Muskie Fellowships: funding for fellows to enroll in MPA program in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006.


  • “Coercion, Conversion, and Mechanisms of Change: Comparing Nonviolence and Terrorism,” to be presented at the International Studies Association – Joint Conference Peace and Justice Studies/Peace History Society, Commemorating Violent Conflicts and Building Sustainable Peace, Oct 24-26, 2019, Kent State University.
  • “Nonviolence and Terrorism: Comparing Strategy and Tactics,” presented at the Ashland Conference on Nonviolence: Theory and Practice, Ashland Ohio, February 23, 2019.
  • “Nonviolence for Activists: Recent Research from Academics.” Cohen Peace Conference, Ball State University, Muncie IN. April 6-7 2018
  • “Nonviolence: Choosing Tactics and Methods,” presented at the annual Gandhi-King Conference on Nonviolence, Memphis TN, April 1, 2017.
  • “Recent Scholarship on Nonviolence” presented at the International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education, Columbus OH 6/10/16.
  • “Nonviolence 101: Theory, Current Research, and Teaching Resources” Presented at the annual Gandhi-King Conference on Nonviolence, Memphis TN April 8-9, 2016.
  • “What Activists Can Learn From Academics about Nonviolence” Presented at the 11th annual Gandhi-King Conference on Nonviolence, Memphis TN, April 9-10, 2015.
  • “Rebels’ Dilemma: Should Rational Rebels Choose Nonviolence?” Presented at the 50th annual conference of the Conflict Research Society, University of Essex, England, Sept. 17-20, 2013.
  • “Evaluating the effectiveness of nonviolent vs. violent strategies for revolution,” Peace and Justice Studies Association / Gandhi-King Conference, Memphis TN, October 21-23, 2011.
  • “Embedded Liberalism and Militarized Disputes, 1950-2001”  and  “Rebels’ Dilemma: Nonviolence vs. Violent Strategies for Revolution” papers presented at the Int’l Studies Assn meeting, Montreal, 3/16/11.
  • “What terrorism can teach nonviolent activists,” paper presented at the 6th annual Gandhi-King conference on peacemaking, Memphis TN, October 22-25, 2009.
  • ”Failing States and Failing Regimes: The Prediction and Simulation of State Failure,” by Neil Englehart and Marc Simon. Paper presented at the ISA annual meeting, San Francisco, March 26, 2008.
  • “Voting Power in Cross-border Institutions,” paper presented at the Western Social Science Association annual meeting, April 11-14, 2007, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Invited Talks

  • “Peace Studies and Peace Education,” panelist at Charles DiBenedetti Peace Conference, Univ. of Toledo, 10/28/11.
  • “Human Security and US Foreign Policy,” addressed visiting scholars at Univ. of Delaware for a program funded by the US Department of State, January 29, 2010.
  • “US Presidential Elections and Foreign Policy”, Altenmarkt Seminar in American Studies, Apr 25 2008.
  • “Liberty vs. Security,” Fulbright-Diplomatic Academy Public Lecture, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Apr 15 2008.

Courses Taught


  • POLS 1720 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 2900 Introduction to Political Inquiry
  • POLS 3360 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLS 3610 Governments and Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 3700 Model United Nations
  • POLS 3720 Contemporary World Politics
  • POLS 3740 U.S. Foreign Policy-Process
  • POLS 4000/INST 4000 Capstone Seminar in Political Science
  • POLS 4000 Capstone Seminar: Peace and War
  • POLS 4780/5780 International Conflict
  • POLS 4790/5790 Conflict Resolution
  • POLS 5800/6800 U.S. Foreign Policy--Graduate Seminar
  • POLS 6800 International Conflict--Graduate Seminar
  • POLS 6710 Theories of International Relations--Graduate Seminar
  • POLS 4960/5860 Peace, War and Riots in Film
  • HNRS 4000 Game Theory (team-taught)
  • ASIA 3000/PACS 3000, Peace and Cultural Legacies in the Nuclear Age (team-taught)
  • PACS 2000 Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies
  • PACS 4890 Field Experience: South Bronx
  • PACS 4100/ASIA 3100 Hiroshima and Beyond

At Diplomatic Academy, Vienna Austria:

  • DA 742  Theories of International Relations—Graduate
  • DA 731   Global Environmental Policy—Graduate
  • DA 732  Seminar in Environmental Politics—Graduate

At Universität Salzburg, Austria:

  • 710 Politics of North American Integration (NAFTA)  
  • 705 Conflict Resolution (junior-senior level)
  • 751 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 753 American Foreign Policy

Updated: 06/18/2020 01:19PM