At the CIDCM/IR Workshop, researchers present work-in-progress on all topics related to international relations. The research presented often, but not exclusively, focuses on issues related to state development and the causes and prevention of conflict between and within states. The workshop prides itself on showcasing work that is novel, methodologically rigorous and crosses traditional subfield and disciplinary boundaries.

Workshops are open to all who are interested, especially members of the GVPT department and faculty from related departments and schools. 

 If you have questions please e-mail cidcminfo [at] If you would like to present a paper, please e-mail Assistant Professor Shannon Carcelli 


Features presentations on research in-progress by UMD faculty, PhD students, and guest speakers. 

CIDCM Workshops are generally at Chincoteague Hall 1109 from 11:00-12:15. However, April 15 and April 29 are located in Chincoteague Hall 2113 at the same time.

The schedule for the 2023-24 academic year is as follows: 

September 25, 2023: Dr. Fiifi Edu-Afful, Fullbright visiting scholar

November 13, 2023: Dr. Jacob Aronson, Assistant Research Professor, UMD

November 27, 2023: Jackie Wong, PhD student at USC.

December 11, 2023: Dr. Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor, UMD

February 12, 2024: Harriet Jane Goers, PhD student, UMD

February 26, 2024: Dr. Thomas Zeitzoff. Associate Professor, American University

March 11, 2024: Dr. Susanna Campbell, Associate Professor, American University

April 15, 2024: Dr. Cameron Mailhot, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

April 29, 2024; Dr. Jennifer Pan, Professor, Stanford University


Ted Gurr Distinguished Lecture: Banneker Key Room 2212, Stamp Union 1-2:15 pm

This is an annual lecture in honor of the pioneering scholarship and life-long contributions of Dr.Ted R. Gurr.


November 29, 2023: Dr. Dara Cohen, Professor, Kennedy School at Harvard University. Talk on "Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Why Dies it Happen, When is it used, and How Mightit be Prevented?"


Jonathan Wilfenfeld Distinguished Lecture: Banneker Key Room 2212, Stamp Union 1-2:15 pm

This is an annual lecture in honor of the scholarship, mentorship, and service of Dr. Jonathan Wilkenfeld to CIDCM, the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland, and the larger field of international relations.


February 7, 2024: Dr. Kyle Beardsley, Professor at Duke University. Talk on "International Politics and the Mixed Blessing of Having Friends"


Annual Conference on Pressing Issues of World Politics:

April 18, 2024: "China and the Challenges of Securing International Peace and Security" A half-day conference with a keynote speaker and two panels of scholars and policy experts.