Degree Program: PhD

Department: Politics & International Affairs
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Marcelina is fourth year doctoral student from Hemet, California. She is specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Marcelina earned an M.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University in 2009, and a B.A. in International Relations and German at the University of Redlands. Marcelina's recent research focuses on the political economy of electronic waste in Ghana. She is currently preparing her dissertation prospectus while beginning initial research in Ghana Summer 2013 and plans to return to Accra to finish her dissertation research Summer 2014. Besides her work on electronic waste, Marcelina also has done research on peace enforcement missions in West Africa as well as the power centers of women in the parallel markets in the region.


  • international relations
  • comparative politics
  • public policy
  • development
  • gender and development
  • political economy of resource extraction in West Africa
  • peacekeeping and peace enforcement in Africa


Ryneal, Marcelina. 2013."Book Review: Denise Horn. Civil Society and the Geopolitics of Democratization. New York: Routledge, 2010." International Journal of Feminist Politics. Published online April 2013. 

In Progress

“The Politics of Violence: U.N. Demobilization, Disarmament and Rehabilitation Policy in Liberia.” In Preparation for Submission: Journal of Intervention and State building.

“Enforcing Dominance: UN Democratization Efforts and Elite Collusion in Côte d'Ivoire.” In Preparation for Submission: Government and Opposition.

"Liberal Frameworks and Illiberal Practices: An Evaluation of the Status of Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Asylum Seekers." In Preparation for Submission: International Studies Review.

"Resource curse or bargaining chip?: The colonial legacy of extracting Ghana's Gold." In Preparation for Submission: Review of African Political Economy.