Erica Chenoweth

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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.


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