Department of Political Science logo
Dr. Dursun Peksen
set cell vertical height
Dr. Dursun Peksen
Peksen image

Associate Professor, Political Science

Phone: 901-678-2395

Fax: 901-678-2983


Office Location: 425 Clement Hall

Personal Webpage


About Dursun Peksen

Dr. Dursun Peksen joined the Political Science department in 2012. He has several published or forthcoming articles on economic sanctions, armed interventions, human rights, political violence, and democratization. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis, Review of International Organizations, International Political Science Review, Human Rights Review, and Civil Wars. Dr. Peksen's teaching areas include foreign policy analysis, human rights, political violence, international political economy, security studies, introduction to political research, and research design and data analysis.


Research Interests

Foreign policy; Economic sanctions; Human rights (women’s rights, labor rights); Military intervention


Teaching Interests

Foreign policy analysis; Human rights; Political violence; International political economy; Security studies; Introduction to political research; Research design and data analysis.



Ph.D., University of Missouri 2008; MA, University of Indianapolis 2003; BA, Marmara University (Istanbul, Turkey) 2001


Sample Publications

"The Impact of Human Rights INGO Shaming on Humanitarian Intervention," Journal of Politics (with Amanda Murdie, 2014).

"Media-driven Humanitarianism? News Media Coverage of Human Rights Abuses and the Use of Economic Sanctions," International Studies Quarterly (with Tim Peterson and Cooper Drury, 2014).

Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion. (2012, Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield).

"Women and Economic Statecraft: The Negative Impact Economic Sanctions Visit on Women," European Journal of International Relations (with Cooper Drury, 2013).

"Does Foreign Military Intervention Help Human Rights?," Political Research Quarterly(2012).

"Can States Buy Peace? Social Welfare Spending and Civil Conflicts," Journal of Peace Research (with Zeynep Taydas, 2012).

"Foreign Military Intervention and Women's Rights," Journal of Peace Research (2011).

"Coercive or Corrosive: The Negative Impact of Economic Sanctions on Democracy,"International Interactions (with Cooper Drury, 2010).

"Human Security and Economic Sanctions: The Public Health Impact of Economic Sanctions,"Foreign Policy Analysis (2010).

"Better or Worse? The Effect of Economic Sanctions on Human Rights," Journal of Peace Research (2009).



Associate Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (2014-present); Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science, University of Memphis (2012-2014); Assistant Professor in Department of Political Science, East Carolina University (2008-2012); Associate Editor for Foreign Policy Analysis (2014-present); Graduate Retention Coordinator for Political Science (2013-present)



Peksen book

Peksen, Dursun. Ed. (2012) Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion. Lexington Books.

Text Only | Print | Got a Question? Ask TOM | Contact Us | Memphis, TN 38152 | 901/678-2000 | Copyright 2015 University of Memphis | Important Notice | Last Updated: 
Last Updated: 3/26/15