George Mason University
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George Mason University

Thomas Flores

Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Political Science
Director of Graduate Programs

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  • 703-993-9409 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5076
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Thomas E. Flores is an Associate Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. His research focuses on democratization, conflict, and economic development. He is the author (with Irfan Nooruddin) of Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press). His research has also been published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Social Psychological and Personality Science, among other peer-reviewed journals. 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. 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. Professor Flores teaches courses on the political economy of civil war, global conflict, and research methods.


PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan (2008)

BA, Government, Harvard University (1998)

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor

Honors & Awards

Democracy Fellow, USAID

December 2, 2016

Research Workshop Grant, George Mason University

April 21, 2014

Professional Affiliations

Pease Science Society

The Peace Science Society (International), or PSS(I), encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management. PSS(I) does not confine itself to ideas specific to peace research, but welcomes and utilizes relevant work of the social and natural sciences. A primary concern of the Society is the improvement of social science theory as it relates to international relations. PSS(I) facilitates acquaintance and provides a vehicle for discussion among its members and others worldwide. It encourages and supports the publication of research, particularly but not exclusively quantitative research. PSS(I) avoids social, religious, or national bias. It does not promote political action or polemical discussion.

Peace Science Society

Media Appearance

With Good Reason Predicting War

January 9, 2016

School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution Assessing Legitimate Rape Comments from Todd Akin - Part One

October 25, 2012

In the News

Elections are good, right? Well, not always

Published on April 11, 2016

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Hope for Peace May Be Encouraged by Enemies in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Published on February 10, 2016

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Presentations & Performances

Dissertation Defense: Charles Martin-Shields - When Information Becomes Action

Jul 28 2016 | Metropolitan Building

Alan Goulty: Sudanese Peace Processes and their Lessons for Peacemakers

Apr 14 2016 | Metropolitan Building

Dissertation Defense: Samuel Johnson - The Effects Of Microfinance Liability Structure On The Political Capital Of Post-Conflict Clients

Apr 5 2016 | Metropolitan Building