UNT Faculty Profile: James D. Meernik, Ph.D.
James Meernik is Regents Professor of Political Science and Director of the Castleberry Peace Institute at the University of North Texas. He has taught at the University of North Texas since 1991. He specializes in research on post conflict peace building, language endangerment and political instability and international tribunals. Currently, Professor Meernik is working on projects related to the peace process, reconciliation and transitional justice with organizations on projects related to ex combatants and victims in Colombia, victim and witness testimony at international tribunals, and language endangerment in Colombia and northeast India. He teaches introductory American government courses, peace studies, United States foreign policy, transitional justice, and international criminal law courses.
From 2003-2008 Meernik was Associate editor of the flagship journal of the International Studies Association, International Studies Quarterly. He co-led a UNT Study Abroad Program to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia that won the 2007 American Political Science Association award for the most innovative course in the United States. Meernik has conducted research in Colombia, The Netherlands, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Arusha, Tanzania on transitional justice issues. He won a Fulbright Specialist grant to the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) in 2009 to teach a course on post-conflict peace building, and another Fulbright Specialist award in 2013 to lecture and develop curriculum with Soochow University in Taiwan. He has authored over seventy articles and book chapters and has authored or co-edited nine books on international relations, courts and foreign policy. He was formerly Chair of the Department of Political Science (2002 - 2008); Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2009); American Council on Education Fellow (2009-2010); Acting Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School (2010-2012) and Social Sciences Coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science (2015-2020).
His most recent publications include International Tribunals and Human Security (Routledge 2016); Judgment Day (Cambridge University Press 2017 with Rosa Aloisi); The Witness Experience (Cambridge University Press 2017 with Kimi King); Judging Justice (University of Michigan Press 2019 with Kimi King); As War Ends: What Colombia Can Tell Us about the Sustainability of Peace and Transitional Justice. (Cambridge University Press co-edited with Mauricio Uribe and Jacqueline Demeritt. Cambridge University Press.