Dr. Marie Olson Lounsbery

Security Studies Seal

Short Bio

  • BA Political Science, Oakland University (1992)
  • MA Political Science, Wayne State University (1997)
  • PhD Wayne State University (2003)
  • Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and International Studies, Nova Southeastern University (2003-2007)
  • Assistant Professor, East Carolina University (2007-2013)
  • Associate Professor, East Carolina University (2013-present)
  • Director of the International Studies Undergraduate Program (2014-present)
  • Professor, East Carolina University (2020-present)


  • Conflict Studies
  • Causes, processes and resolution of war, particularly war occurring within states


  • SECS 6300 – Research Methods for Security Studies
  • POLS 3013 – Decision-Making in the UN
  • POLS 3031 – Research Methods for Political Science
  • POLS 3032 – Statistical Methods for Political Science
  • POLS 3290 – Conflict and Peace in the Post Cold War Age
  • POLS 3293 – International Organizations
  • POLS 4383 – War in the Modern Age


  • (2020) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Pearson, F. (2020). “Conflict Settlement and Outcomes of Post-Cold War International Military Interventions.” Peace & Change 45 (4): 543-568.
  • (2019) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Pearson, F.S. “International Military Intervention and Consequences for Civilian Victimization in Civil Wars.” Journal of Human Rights 18 (2): 201-214.
  • (2018) Nathan, L., DeRouen, Jr. K., and Olson-Lounsbery, M. “Civil War Conflict Resolution from the Perspectives of the Practitioner and the Academic.” Peace and Change 43 (3).
  • (2018) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and DeRouen, Jr. K. “The Roles of Design and Third Parties on Civil War Peace Agreement Outcomes.” Peace and Change 43 (2).
  • (2017) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. Conflict Dynamics: Civil Wars, Armed Actors, and Their Tactics, Atlanta, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • (2017) Olson, Lounsbery, Pearson, F., and Akbulut, I. “Group Structure and Intergroup Relations in Global Terror Networks: Further Explorations,” Terrorism and Political Violence 29(3): 550-572.
  • (2016) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and DeRouen, Jr., Karl Rene. “Civil War Peace Agreements and Third Party Intervention,” Civil Wars 18(3): 311-337.
  • (2016) Olson-Lounsber, M. “Foreign Military Intervention, Power Dynamics and Rebel Group Cohesion,” Journal of Global Security Studies 1(2): 127-141.
  • (2015) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. “Negotiating Your Way out of Rivalry: Unassisted Conflict Resolution Efforts in Southeast Asia,” International Negotiation 20 (2): 242-268.
  • (2012) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Peksen, Dursun. “Does Foreign Military Intervention Affect the Domestic Stability of Neighboring Countries?” International Interactions 38(3): 348-374.
  • (2011) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. “Rebellion, Mediation, and Group Change: An Empirical Investigation of Competing Hypotheses,” Journal of Peace Research 48 (1): 73-84.
  • (2011) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. “Assessing the Risk Posed by Terrorist Groups: Identifying Motivating Factors and Threats,” Terrorism and Political Violence 23 (5): 711-729.
  • (2011) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. Civil War Mediation Progression in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • (2011) Olson-Lounsbery, M., Pearson. F.S., and Talentino, A. “Unilateral and Multilateral Military Intervention: Effects on Stability and Security,” Democracy and Security 7 (3): 227-257.
  • (2010) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Cook, A. “Choose Your Weapon (Or Strategy)! Bargaining in the Midst of Intrastate Conflict,” Democracy and Security 6 (3): 256-277.
  • (2007) Olson-Lounsbery, M., Pearson, F.S., Walker, S., and Mann, S. “Replicating and Extending Theories of Civil War Settlement,” International Interactions 32 (2):  109-128.
  • (2006) Olson-Lounsbery, M., Pearson, F.S., and Costa, L. “The Search for Exit Strategies from Neo-Colonial Interventions: Lessons from the Past,” Journal of Conflict Studies 25 (2).
  • (2003) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Pearson, F.S. “Policy Making and Connections to Violence: A Case Study of India,” Peace and Conflict Studies 10 (2): 20-45.
  • (2002) Olson-Lounsbery, M., Pearson, F.S. “Civil War Characteristics, Mediators and Resolution,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly (Formerly Mediation Quarterly) 19 (4): 421-445.
  • (2001) Olson-Lounsbery, M. and Rothman, J. “From Interests to Identities: Toward a New Emphasis in International Conflict Resolution,” Journal of Peace Research 38 (3): 289-305.
  • (1999) Olson-Lounsbery, M., Sarbaugh-Thompson, M., Thompson, L. and Wolman, H. “Organizational Mismatch in Urban Labor Markets,” Social Science Quarterly 80 (1): 19-36.