Welcome to my website. I am a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I earned my B.A. degree from the University of California at Irvine in 1993 and my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in International Relations, including Introductory International Relations, International Conflict Processes and National Security and Defense Policy. You can find links to syllabi for these courses in the Teaching section of this website.
I am currently engaged in three major research projects. The first project concerns the link between international economic interdependence and conflict. This research provides evidence that sometimes globalization can lead to peace even though it does not lead to harmony. In the second research project he focuses on theories of reputation, history, and learning in world politics. This research examines the way nations learn from their historical interactions with one another, as well as the interactions among other nations. Direct and indirect reputations develop over time, influencing the context of international relations. The third line of research delineates the role of democracy on international conflict, particularly the effects of democracy in the international system on conflict and state survival. Professor Crescenzi has recently contributed articles to the American Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Politics. I also published a book in 2005 with Lexington Books on the subject of economic interdependence and conflict. You can find links to these research publications in the research section of the website.