My research interests can be divided into several different pathways, some originating directly from my dissertation and others that have been discovered throughout the review process and through pedagogical experiences. As a committed peace scholar, my research is often an interdisciplinary endeavor intersecting violent political conflict and interstate rivalry with sustainable peace and political development. I am especially interested in uncovering the processes through which non-state actors involved in conflict, transition into effective political parties, interest groups, and security forces after civil wars end. 

The bulk of my current research agenda focuses on the effects of foreign patrons on rebel party development and behavior following negotiated settlements. My central theory argues that foreign sponsorship provides rebels access to political opportunities, overcoming the costs of entry in following a negotiated settlement. However, I also argue that 1) the efficacy of foreign sponsorship especially with regard to external revenues and human capital development differs from patron to patron and 2) foreign patrons pass down behavioral, organizational, and strategic traits to their clients.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Marshall, Michael C. Forthcoming. “Foreign Rebel Sponsorship: A Patron-Client Analysis of Party Viability after Negotiated Settlements” 

             Journal of Conflict Resolution

Marshall, Michael C. and John Ishiyama. 2017. “Does Political Inclusion of Rebel Parties Promote Peace after Civil Conflict?” in From Bullets              to Ballots: The Transformation of Rebel Groups into Political Parties. Routledge: New York, NY.

Ishiyama, John and Michael C. Marshall. 2017. “What Explains Former Rebel Party Name Changes after a Civil Conflict Ends? External                   and Internal Factors and the Transition to Political Competition.” Party Politics 23(4), pp.364–375

Marshall, Michael C. and John Ishiyama. 2016. “Does Transformation of Rebel Organizations into Political Parties Promote Durable Peace?"                 Democratization 23(6): 1009 - 1025 


 Ishiyama, John and Michael C. Marshall. 2015. "Candidate Selection and Former Rebel Parties." Party Politics 21(4): 591 - 602


Ishiyama, John and Michael C. Marshall. "Rebel Party Origins and Good Governance." Revise and Resubmit 

Marshall, Michael C. "Rebel in Chief: Patronal Politics and Risk-Acceptant Foreign Policy in Post-Settlement States." Under Review 

Marshall, Michael C. "Adopting Counterrevolution: A Patron-Client Analysis of Strategic Repression and Rebel Party Consolidation." Under Review

Ishiyama, John, Michael C. Marshall, and Brandon M. Stewart. “Are former rebel parties more likely to use violence during elections?" 

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