Dr. Erica Chenoweth is Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research at the Sié Center. An internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives, Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2013 for her efforts to promote the empirical study of civil resistance. Dr. Chenoweth received the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, which the International Studies Association gives annually to the scholar under the age of 40 who has made the greatest impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Alongside her position at the Josef Korbel School, she is an Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) and has held visiting appointments at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University, UC-Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. She is the co-chair of the Academic Advisory Board at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Books and Book Projects
Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, with Maria J. Stephan (New York: Columbia University Press, August 2011).
- Winner, 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order
- Winner, 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year, American Political Science Association
- 2011 Book of the Year, The Guardian
Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict, co-edited with Adria Lawrence (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010).
Understanding Nonviolence, a Journal of Peace Research special issue, guest editor with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham (May 2013).
Why Democracy Encourages Terrorism (book manuscript in progress; under contract with Columbia University Press)
Understanding Terrorism: Integrating Concepts, Theories, and Cases(book manuscript in progress; under contract with Oxford University Press)
Resilient Republics: Why Terrorism Does Not Destroy Democracy, with Joseph K. Young, American University (book manuscript in progress; under contract with Columbia University Press)
"Collecting Data on Nonviolent Action: Lessons learned and ways forward," with Joel Day and Jonathan Pinckney, Journal of Peace Research 52, no . 1 (January 2015).
"A Discussion of Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle that Changed a Nation By Jonathan Rieder," Perspectives on Politics 12 (September 2014).
"Civil Resistance: Reflections on an Idea Whose Time Has Come," Global Governance 20, no. 3 (September 2014).
"Drop Your Weapons," Foreign Affairs 93, no. 4 (June 16, 2014).
"Terrorism and Democracy," Annual Review of Political Science 16 (May 2013).
"Unpacking Nonviolent Campaigns: Introducing the NAVCO 2.0 Dataset," with Orion A. Lewis, Journal of Peace Research 50, no. 3 (May 2013).
"Understanding Nonviolent Resistance: An Introduction," with Kathleen Cunningham, Journal of Peace Research 50, no. 3 (May 2013).
"Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Benefits of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel," with Laura Dugan, American Sociological Review 77, no. 3 (August 2012).
- Listen to the "Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Benefits of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel" podcast here
"Is Terrorism Still a Democratic Phenomenon?" The Journal of International Relations 32, no. 8 (Winter 2012).
"All Terrorism is Local: Constructing Urban Coalitions for Homeland Security in the American Federal System," with Susan E. Clarke, Political Research Quarterly, 63, no. 3 (September 2010).
"Democratic Competition and Terrorist Activity," The Journal of Politics 72, no. 1 (January 2010).
"Correspondence: What Makes Terrorists Tick?" with Nicholas Miller and Elizabeth McClellan, International Security 33, no. 4 (Spring 2009).
- Written with two Wesleyan undergraduates
- Reprinted in Michel E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Sean Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller, eds., Contending with Terrorism: Roots, Strategies, and Responses (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2010)
"Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict," with Maria J. Stephan, International Security 33, no. 1 (Summer 2008).
- Among the top 10 most downloaded articles in International Security
- Reprinted (in Spanish) in Brett, Roddy and Freddy Cante. 2012. Voluntad indómita, fundamentos teóricos de la acción colectiva. Bogotá, Colombia: Universidad del Rosario
"On Classifying Terrorism: A Potential Contribution of Cluster Analysis for Academics and Policymakers," with Elizabeth Lowham, Defense and Security Analysis 23, no. 4 (December 2007).
"The Politics of Vulnerability: Constructing Local Performance Regimes for Homeland Security," with Susan E. Clarke, Review of Policy Research 23, no. 1 (January 2006).
"Trends in Civil Resistance and Authoritarian Responses,” in Maria J. Stephan and Mat Burrows, eds., The Future of Authoritarianism (accepted and forthcoming, 2015).
"Institutions and Political Mobilization,” in Rubén Ruiz-Rufino and Jennifer Gandhi, eds. Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions (Routledge, accepted and forthcoming, 2015).
"Regime Type and Terrorist Attacks,” with Kara Kingma and Bryan Cramer, in Nancy Pinkerton, Stephen Kosslyn, and Robert Scott, eds., Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Wiley, accepted and forthcoming 2015).
"Insurgency,” with Jonathan Pinckney, in James D. Wright, ed. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition (Elsevier, accepted and forthcoming 2015).
“Backfire in Action,” in Lee Smithey and Lester Kurtz, eds. The Paradox of Repression (under review at University of Minnesota Press).
"Political Protest and Mobilization," in Rubén Ruiz-Rufino and Jennifer Gandhi, eds., Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions (invited chapter under preparation).
"What Do We Know about Government Responses to Terrorism in Select Countries?" with Laura Dugan, University of Maryland (under preparation).
"Government Actions in a Terror Environment (GATE): A Methodology that Reveals how Governments Behave during a Terrorist Threat," with Laura Dugan, University of Maryland (invited chapter under preparation).
In Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Adria Lawrence eds., (MIT Press, 2010)
- "Introduction," with Adria Lawrence
- "Mobilization and Resistance: A Framework for Analysis," with Maria J. Stephan.
"Democratic Pieces: Democratization and the Origins of Terrorism," in William R. Thompson and Rafael Reuveny, eds., Coping With Contemporary Terrorism: Origins, Escalation, Counter-Strategies, and Responses (SUNY Press, 2010).
"To Bribe or to Bomb: Do Corruption and Terrorism Go Together?" with Jessica C. Teets, in Robert I. Rotberg, ed., Corruption, Global Security, and World Order (Brookings Institution Press, 2009).
"A Contested Threat: The Politics of Security Collaboration for Combating Terrorism," in Isaiah Wilson III and James Forest, eds., Handbook of Defence Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2009).
"Italy and the Red Brigades: The Success of Repentance Policy in Counterterrorism," in James Forest, ed., Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (Westport: Praeger, 2007).
"Open Source for Counterterrorism: Facilitating Inter-Agency Communication and Open Source Intelligence," with Orion A. Lewis, in James Forest, ed., Countering Terrorism in the 21st Century (Westport: Praeger, 2007).
"Vulnerabilities and Resilience in America's Financial Services," in James Forest, ed., Homeland Security: Protecting America's Targets, Vol. 3 (Westport: Praeger, 2006).
"Instability and Opportunity: The Origins of Terrorism in Weak and Failed States," in James Forest, ed., The Making of a Terrorist, Vol. 3 (Westport: Praeger, 2005).