Chair of Panel on “Identities: Majorities and Minorities”


Left to right: Mücahit Bilici (John Jay College), Haidar Khezri (UCF), Tyler Fisher (UCF), Hakan Özoglu (UCF), Doreen Horschig (UCF)

On March 1, 2019, I chaired the panel “Identities: Majorities and Minorities” as part of the international conference “BORDERS, IDENTITIES AND REFUGEES: The Kurdish Experience in the Middle East” presented by the Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The interdisciplinary academic conference brought a group of renowned scholars and researchers to UCF, covering various issues related to the Kurdish experience with global salience (including minority-majority relations, constructions of group identities, physical and symbolic borders, and refugees).

The conference was co-sponsored by UCF Office of Research, PMBF Program, ICCAE, Middle Eastern Studies, and Department of Political Science.

Read more on COS News Coverage.

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Recipient of Prestage-Cook Travel Award

I am honored to have been chosen as recipient of the Prestage-Cook Travel Award ($300) to attend the 2019 SPSA Annual Conference in Austin, Texas from January 17-19, 2019.

The Prestage-Cook Award is named for Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage. Dr. Prestage was one of the first African American women to receive a Ph. D. from an American University. She was a pioneer in academic research in the area of race, gender, and politics and played leadership roles in many national political science organizations (including serving as president of the SPSA in 1976), however, her most lasting legacy is her mentoring and teaching of thousands of students, many of whom she helped guide towards postgraduate education.

To continue that work of supporting graduate students in political science, the SPSA offers the Prestage-Cook Travel Award, a travel grant exclusively for graduate students who are program participants.

I look forward to receiving the award at the 2019 SPSA Conference on Friday, January 18th at the noon Awards Reception and also present my research earlier that day.


Source: Southern University, Aug 1, 2014,

Paper Published on Nuclear Latency

My (early graduate) work on nuclear latency got published in the Florida Political Chronicle. The paper discusses the foundation of the nuclear latency, which describes the situation in which a state has the technical capability to produce nuclear weapons, but has not acquired them. Specifically, it answers why some countries develop nuclear capability and become latent and others do not. Interestingly, states with the capability to produce nuclear weapons often stop at this stage of nuclear development. That provides a puzzle that is worthy scholarly analysis because it can lead to new insights about nonproliferation and opens-up the horizons to understand proliferation. The preceding analysis that must be explored is the path to nuclear latent capability. Given that improved manufacturing technology and construction of enrichment, or reprocessing facilities transforms states into near-nuclear states, why do states manage to become so advanced in their nuclear capabilities? This work argues that national power, military expenditures and military personnel are the three key variables that explain why some countries develop a nuclear latency capability and others do not. Understanding why some are further along in the stages of developing a nuclear weapon, provides implications for non-proliferation and counter-proliferation policy. This quantitative study uses as statistical method a cross-sectional time series regression model of country data observed annually.

Full Citation:

Horschig, Doreen. 2018. “Potential Nuclear Proliferators: Determinants of Nuclear Capability Among Latent Countries.” Florida Political Chronicle 26(1): 83-93.


Interview with Resident Senior Fellow Haidar Khezri, Ph.D.

I had the honor to interview Dr. Haidar Khezri, who is joining the Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP) as Resident Senior Fellow at the University of Central Florida. Haidar will work closely with us researchers at KPSP. Born in Iranian Kurdistan, Haidar holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Damascus University in Syria, and a M.A. in comparative literature from Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, Iran. He is a scholar of Kurdish, Persian and Arabic languages, literatures and cultures and comparative literature. During his time at UCF he will be working on a book project on Yazidi women that have been captured by the Islamic State (ISIS).

Link to the complete interview:



Runner-Up 2018 FPSA Best Graduate Paper Award

My paper “Potential Nuclear Proliferators: Determinants of Nuclear Capability Among Latent Countries,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Florida Political Science Association (FPSA) in Fort Myers in March 2018, was selected as runner-up in the Best Graduate Paper Award category. Sandor Fabian, also a PhD student, was selected as winner of the award ($250) with his paper “Why does David sometimes defeat Goliath? The effects of military culture on the outcome of asymmetric wars.” Congratulations, Sandor.