Dr. Melinda Negron-Gonzales

Associate Professor

Global Studies Minor
Homeland Security, B.S.
Political Economy Minor
Political Science Minor
UNH Manchester
Office 312


I have taught at UNH since fall 2008 and I teach courses on international relations and comparative politics.

My research covers social movements and democratization, international human rights norms and international norms that promote human security (especially the responsibility to protect/R2P norm), Turkish politics, counter-terrorism, and human rights. My latest research explores the tension between counter-terrorism and physical integrity rights and analyzes the ways civil society organizations attempt to hold states accountable for gross human rights violations during armed conflicts. In doing so, it examines the capacity of international human rights treaties to alter state behavior.

More specifically, my research projects have examined :

  • How civil society in Turkey has attempted to hold the state accountable for gross human rights violations (torture, loss of life during curfews, disappearances) associated with counter-terrorism policy and practice during the ongoing armed conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party
  •  ISIS oil looting and environmental security in Iraq and Syria
  • The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) treaties and initiatives on counter-terrorism and the protection of human rights while countering terrorism
  •  The OIC's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria
  •  The OIC's response to ISIS terrorism in Iraq and Syria
  • How norms of humanitarian intervention to address atrocity crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes) are being transformed into an emerging international norm called the responsibility to protect
  • How the women’s rights movement in Turkey has promoted a feminist agenda under a religious conservative government
  • How human rights activists in Turkey bridged ideological divisions to challenge the state on the issues of torture, Kurdish linguistic rights, the headscarf ban and freedom of expression


  • US in World Affairs

  • Political Violence and Terrorism

  • Political & Social Change in Developing Countries

  • Women & War

  • Model United Nations/Conference

  • Dictatorship and Democracy

  • Globalization: Politics, Economics & Culture

  • Political Psychology

  • International Relations Seminar: Interdisciplinary Approaches

  • Senior Capstone & Interdisciplinary Seminar

  • Law and Society Politics in Italy (UNH Florence Study Abroad)


My work has been featured in Global Governance, Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Studies, Global Responsibility to Protect, World Politics Review, and more.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida

  • M.A. in International Relations

  • B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Religious Studies


  • Fulbright Scholar to Turkey in 2006-7
  • UNH Manchester's Faculty Excellence Award for 2013