Christian Davenport

Christian Davenport & Ragnhild Nordas PortraitChristian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war, and social movements), measurement, racism, and popular culture. He is the author of five books; How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa (2015, Cambridge University Press), Media Bias, Perspective and State Repression: The Black Panther Party (2010, Cambridge University Press) – winner of Best Book in Racial Politics and Social Movements by the American Political Science Association, and State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press); Repression and Mobilization with Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston (2004, University of Minnesota Press), and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics (2000, Rowman & Littlefield). Professor Davenport is the author of numerous articles appearing in the American Political Science ReviewAmerican Sociological Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Political Studies, and the Monthly Review (among others). He is the recipient of numerous grants (e.g., 10 from the National Science Foundation) and awards (e.g., the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar Award and a Residential Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences – Stanford University). One book is under review: The Peace Continuum: What it is and How to Study it (with Erik Melander and Patrick Regan; Oxford University Press). Two are near completion: Stopping State Repression (with Benjamin Appel) to be submitted to the Russell Sage Foundation Press. Several are underway: In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam), Understanding Untouchability (with Martin Macwan, Alan Stam and David Armstrong), If You Arrest a Revolutionary, Do You Arrest a Revolution: The Impact of Repression on Political Dissent (with Chris Sullivan) and Pop Struggle: Repression and Dissent in Film, Comics and Graphic Novels. He is also engaged in various data collection efforts, developing crowd-sourcing data collection programs and co-organizing workshops/conferences/webportals facilitating the development of conflict/peace studies. For more information, please refer to the following webpage: www.christiandavenport.com.


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