About

Want to know why violence broke out in Syria but not Bahrain? Why the world has responded the way it has? Whether the United States should intervene or stay out? Political Violence @ a Glance answers questions on the most pressing problems related to violence and protest in the world’s conflict zones.

Analysis comes from a distinguished team of experts from universities including American University, BYU, Columbia, Denver, Georgetown, Maryland, Michigan, Princeton, Tufts, UCLA, UCSD, Wisconsin, and Yale. The goal is to anticipate the questions you have about violence happening around the world and to offer you simple, straight-forward analysis before anyone else does. No jargon. No lingo. Just insightful content. We hope you find it helpful.


Lead Authors

Erica Chenoweth

Erica Chenoweth is the co-founder of Political Violence @ a Glance. She is Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Her book (with Maria J. Stephan) Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. Chenoweth has authored or edited four books, including The Politics of Terror (Oxford, 2018) with Pauline Moore; Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT, 2010) with Adria Lawrence; Why Civil Resistance Works (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan; and Political Violence (Sage, 2013). She has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Her research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe EconomistThe Boston GlobeForeign PolicyThe Christian Science Monitor, NPR’s Morning Edition, TEDxBoulder, and elsewhere. In addition to co-hosting Political Violence @ a Glance, she also hosts the blog Rational Insurgent and blogs occasionally at The Monkey Cage. And along with Jeremy Pressman, she co-directs the Crowd Counting Consortium, a public interest project that documents political mobilization in the U.S. during the Trump Administration. Prior to coming to HKS, Chenoweth taught at Wesleyan University and the University of Denver. She is currently a Research Associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, a Fellow at the One Earth Future Foundation, and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in political science and German from the University of Dayton.

Barbara F. Walter

Barbara Walter is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean at the Graduate School of International Affairs and Pacific Studies at the University of California San Diego. She is an authority on international security, with an emphasis on internal wars, unconventional violence, and bargaining and conflict. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago, and held post docs at Harvard University and Columbia University. Walter is on the editorial board of the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and International Interactions. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Guggenheim, and Smith Richardson Foundations.

Will H. Moore

Will H. Moore is Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University.  His research explores a variety of aspects of violent political conflict, including dissident–state interaction, protest, terror, human rights violations, and forced migration. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado, and has been a Fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame. Moore was the 2014-15 President of the Peace Science Society (International) and the 2015-16 President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association, and has served as an Associate Editor of American Journal of Political Science and on the editorial boards of International Studies Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly. He is also the recipient of several National Science Foundation grants and a contributor to a number of data sets. He co-directs the Conflict Consortium with Christian Davenport.

Joseph Young

Joseph Young is Professor with appointments in the School of Public Affairs and School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. He is an expert on terrorism and civil conflict. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. Recent scholarly articles appear in the Journal of PoliticsPerspectives on PoliticsJournal of Peace ResearchPublic Choice, and International Studies Review.  His editorials have appeared in the National InterestHuffington PostWorld Policy Journal, theWashington Post and other outlets. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.


Patrick Pierson serves as the managing editor for Political Violence @ a Glance. He is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Emory University and a former Sié Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. You can follow him on Twitter @plpierson.

Danny Hirschel-Burns formerly edited Political Violence @ a Glance. He graduated from Swarthmore College in June 2014. He has previously worked for STAND and the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention. Danny blogs on civilian protection and political violence at The Widening Lens. He tweets under the handle @DHirschelBurns and lives in Washington DC.

Taylor Marvin formerly edited Political Violence @ a Glance. He is a recent UC San Diego graduate, and his writing on international affairs can be found on his blog.