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Melinda Negron-Gonzales

Chair, Department of Security Studies
Carsey School Program Faculty
Phone: (603) 641-4364
Office: Department of Security Studies, 88 Commercial Street, RM 312, Manchester, NH 03101

Dr. Negrón-Gonzales teaches courses on peace and conflict studies, international development, and global affairs. She is a Faculty Fellow in the Carsey School of Public Policy, the Chair of the Department of Security Studies, and the Founding Program Director of the Global Conflict and Human Security master's program.

Her research covers counter-terrorism and human rights, contentious politics (non-violent and violent social movements), rebel diplomacy, international norms that promote human security (especially the responsibility to protect/R2P), and Turkish and Middle East politics.

Dr. Negrón-Gonzales was a Fulbright Scholar (Turkey, 2006-7). She was the recipient of UNHM's Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), a Silver UNH Sustainability Award (2021) for developing the master's program in Global Conflict and Human Security, and UNHM's Faculty Excellence in Service Award (2023). She serves on the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Courses Taught

  • GCHS 710: Conflict & Human Security
  • GCHS 710/810: Conflict & Human Security
  • GCHS 720/820: Global Governance
  • GCHS 730/830: Good Gov & Human Sec
  • GCHS 810: Conflict & Human Security
  • GCHS 820: Global Governance
  • GCHS 830: Internat'l Develop & Human Sec
  • HLS 505: Political Violence and Terror
  • PA 908A: Capstone in Public Admin
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • PS 505: Polt Violence and Terrorism
  • PS 509: Polt&Social Chg Devlp Coutries
  • PS 511: Women and War
  • PS 520: Global: Pols, Econ & Culture


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida
  • M.A., International/Global Studies, University of Florida
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Florida

Research Interests

  • Advocacy (Political/Social)
  • Human Rights & Justice Issues
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • International Security
  • Social movements
  • Terrorism
  • Turkish Studies
  • Women & politics
  • Conflict and human security

Selected Publications

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2021). Countering counterterrorism: defending human rights and challenging curfews in Turkey. TURKISH STUDIES, 22(5), 723-743. doi:10.1080/14683849.2021.1884550

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2019). ISIS Oil Looting and Environmental Security in Iraq and Syria, in Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges,and Case Studies. In J. M. Lanicci, E. H. Murray, & J. D. Ramsay (Eds.), Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges,and Case Studies. American Meteorological Society.

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2019). Counter-terrorism resolutions and initiatives by regional institutions : Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. In S. Hoadley, & E. Shor (Eds.), International Human Rights and Counterterrorism, Springer Reference (Springer Living Reference ed.). Springer.

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2016). Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In D. Silander, D. Wallace, & J. Janzekovic (Eds.), International Organizations and the Rise of ISIL Global Responses to Human Security Threats (Vol. n/a, first ed., pp. 181-194). London, New York: Routledge. Retrieved from

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2016). The feminist movement during the AKP era in Turkey: challenges and opportunities. MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, 52(2), 198-214. doi:10.1080/00263206.2015.1125339

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2015). Organization of Islamic Cooperation. In D. Silander, & D. Wallace (Eds.), International Organizations and the Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect: The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria (Vol. n/a, first ed., pp. 90-109). New York: Routledge. Retrieved from

  • Negron-Gonzales, M., & Contarino, M. (2014). Local Norms Matter: Understanding National Responses to the Responsibility to Protect. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, 20(2), 255-276. doi:10.1163/19426720-02002006

  • Negron-Gonzales, M., & Contarino, M. (2013). Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court. In G. Zyberi (Ed.), An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect (1st ed., pp. 411-436). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from

  • Negron-Gonzales, M. (2012). Cooperation Between Secular and Religious Rights Organizations in Turkey. TURKISH STUDIES, 13(3), 415-430. doi:10.1080/14683849.2012.717842

  • Contarino, M., Negrón-Gonzales, M., & Mason, K. T. (2012). The International Criminal Court and Consolidation of the Responsibility to Protect as an International Norm. Global Responsibility to Protect, 4(3), 275-308. doi:10.1163/1875984x-00403002