Political Violence @ A Glance is an award-winning online magazine directed by Erica Chenoweth, Christian Davenport, Barbara Walter, Joe Young, and Patrick Pierson, that answers questions on the causes and consequences of violence and protest in the world’s conflict zones. Analysis comes from distinguished experts who are doing the most rigorous, most interesting, and most policy relevant research. Our goal is to offer simple, straight-forward analysis. No jargon. No lingo. Just insightful content, and a bit of fun. Political Violence @ A Glance is supported by the UC Institute of Global Conflict & Cooperation, a University of California think tank specializing in research, training, and policy engagement around issues related to international security, economic development, political violence and its antecedents, and peace building.

The Editors


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 ReviewJournal of Politics, Journal of Conflict ResolutionInternational 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.

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.

Christian Davenport

Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science & Faculty Associate with the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan; Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO); and Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS). His 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 numerous books, including: The Peace Continuum with Erik Melander and Patrick Regan (2017, Oxford University Press); How Social Movements Die (2016, Cambridge University Press); the graphic novel RW-94: Reflections on Rwanda, with Darick Ritter; 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; State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press); Repression and Mobilization with Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston (University of Minnesota Press. 2004), and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Davenport is currently working on numerous books: Stopping State Repression (with Ben Appel); In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam); and, Understanding Untouchability (with numerous authors). He is also engaged in various projects concerning state-dissident interactions in the United States, India and Northern Ireland as well as a global project of Perpetrator-Victim Dyads for 1976-2006.

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, the Washington 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

Patrick Pierson is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Emory University. His research focuses on the relationship between violence and political behavior in young democracies, with a particular emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. Patrick is currently working on a number of projects concerning state repression and political violence in post-apartheid South Africa. He received his M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver where he spent two years as a Fellow at the Sié-Chéou Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy. He also holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

Managing Editor

Lindsay Morgan

Lindsay Morgan is a writer, editor, and communications strategist, with particular expertise in the field of international development. Lindsay has worked with the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, USAID, Center for Global Development, and Results for Development. A native of San Diego, Lindsay was based for many years in Washington, DC; lived in Tanzania while working for the World Bank; and has worked in Afghanistan, Burundi, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, and Zambia. She studied history as an undergraduate, and politics at the University of Durham in the UK as a graduate student.

Editorial Assistant

Lilly Dunn


Lilly Dunn is an undergraduate comparative politics major at UC San Diego, minoring in Russian. Her research interests include the European Union and the politics of post-Soviet states. When she graduates, Lilly plans to pursue a career in journalism.