Thomas Flores

Thomas Flores
Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Political Science

Ph.D, Political Science, University of Michigan, 2008
B.A., magna cum laude in Government, Harvard University, 1998


Thomas E. Flores is an Assistant Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2008 and his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1998. His research primarily focuses on democratization, political economy, and conflict, with the extensive use of quantitative methods. In this vein, his current research agenda consists of a book project on elections and democratization, as well as research into technocratic expertise and international development and the conflictual politics of protecting property rights. His research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, and one edited volume. In 2006, he studied land reforms in Colombia as a J. William Fulbright Scholar. Professor Flores has also served as a consultant to the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University and the United States Agency for International Development. He has won a Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship and two teaching prizes from the University of Michigan. Professor Flores teaches courses on the political economy of civil war and research methods. He resides in Washington, DC with his spouse Porter and their cat Tyrone.

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Research Workshop Grants support a one-day research workshop comprising a small group of Mason faculty, at least two external participants, and, possibly, advanced graduate students to engage in...
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January 21, 2014
How can we understand the origins and resilience of Colombia’s long-running insurgency? A leading theory emphasizes the feasibility of insurgency, identifying drug trafficking as the main culprit. I propose an alternative theory of civil violence that...
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By defining political economy and war in the broadest sense, this unique handbook brings together a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars from economics, political science, sociology, and policy studies to address a multitude of important topics. These include...
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March 01, 2009
Does World Bank aid to countries damaged by civil conflict meet its stated goals of speeding economic recovery and reducing the risk of conflict recidivism? We contend that the Bank’s success depends on its ability to bolster and signal the credibility of...
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February 01, 2009
Increasingly, scholars studying civil conflicts believe that the pace of postconflict economic recovery is crucial to a return to peaceful politics. But why do some countries’ economies recover more quickly than others’? The authors argue that the...
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August 22, 2013
2013 may very well be remembered as the year that brought peace to Colombia. Since last October, representatives of
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May 29, 2013
One challenge of graduate school is building long-lasting relationships with faculty members. In the hustle and bustle
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October 25, 2012
Elizabeth Mount, PhD Student, and Professors of Conflict Resolution Leslie Dwyer and Thomas Flores asses the '
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 2014 Research WorkshopThomas E. Flores, Terrence Lyons, and Agnieszka PaczynskaThe Project on Contentious PoliticsSchool for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionRSVP HereWorkshop SummaryThe Arab Uprisings in Comparati
November 07, 2014
 Contentious Conversations: The Blind Side: Race, Power, the Field and S-CARWednesday, December 4th2:30-4:30pmMetropolitan Building 5183 Problem Statement: Over the last twenty years, scholars have produced exciting new understandings of how race permeates politics and society in the
December 04, 2013
E Pluribus Unum, Ex Uno Plures: Correlates and Causes of Fragmentation in Ethnopolitical MovementsTuesday, November 5th2:00pm - 4:00pmMetropolitan Building 5183 Dr. Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, University of MarylandAbstract: Why are some ethnopolitical movements divided while others are
November 05, 2013
Please Join the project on political Economy and Civil War for a Brown Bag DiscussionTuesday, October 22nd2:00pm - 3:30pm Metropolitan Building 5183 In a principal-agent model where legal institutions are weak a potential behavioral response to the introduction of high-powered incentives may be the
October 22, 2013
Dissertation Proposal PresentationMonday, April 29th, 10am-12pmTruland Building  540Genocide Survivors Who Kill: Socio-Psychological motivations for the re-perpetration of genocide in the Great Lakes Region Sandra Jones, PhD CandidateSchool for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionGeorge Mason
April 29, 2013
 The Technocratic Advantage?Political economists have identifi ed economic, strategic, and democratic advantages for countries seeking to secure international financing in global credit markets. We propose a technocratic advantage in global finance; leaders with attributes that signal
April 25, 2013
Civil War and Women's Rightswith Dr. Caroline HartzellDr. Caroline Hartzell teaches political science and was founding director of the College's Globalization Studies Program. She conducted research in Colombia as a Fulbright scholar, examining the effects the country's civil war had on
March 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27th, 12:00 PM - 1:30PM, Truland 555"Counterinsurgency and Culture: US Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan" Dr. Rochelle Davis is an Associate Profes
February 27, 2013
Dr. Idean Salehyan from The University of North Texas will present, however he co-authored this work with David Siroky (Arizona State University) and Reed Wood (Arizona State University).About the Lecture:
November 12, 2012
The field of conflict analysis and resolution (CAR) occupies an intriguing place in regards to the more ‘traditional’ disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. On one hand, it seeks to define itself as a field, with its own approach to theory, research, and practice. On
October 10, 2012
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Building on logic of inquiry, introduces steps in research process to prepare dissertation and implement published...
This graduate seminar will investigate key questions related to some of the most vexing challenges of war and...
Building on initiatives of United Nations and other multilateral organizations, explores dynamics of post-conflict peace building. Prepares...
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Introduces students to the philosophies behind social science research and the methods for conducting research in the field of conflict resolution...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
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