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Erica Chenoweth, Professor and Associate Dean for Research

Josef Korbel School Professor Erica ChenowethAffiliated with the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

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2201 South Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80208


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  • PhD, University of Colorado
  • MA, University of Colorado
  • BA, University of Dayton

Research and Expertise

Political violence, terrorism, counterterrorism and homeland security, repression, civil resistance, nonviolent action, protest, international security

Professional Profile

  • Associate Dean for Research, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2015-present)
  • Fellow, One Earth Future Foundation (2015-present)
  • Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver (2015-present); Associate Professor (2013-2015); Assistant Professor (2012-2013); Director, Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, Sié Chéou Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy (2012-present)
  • Recognized as one of Foreign Policy magazine's Leading Global Thinkers of 2013
  • Associate Senior Researcher, Centre for the Study of Civil War, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2012-2015)
  • Visiting Scholar: Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University (2011-2012), Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2011-2012 & 2007-2009)
  • Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University (2008-2012)
  • Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University (2008-2010), Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2008 & 2006-2007)
  • Adjunct Professor, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland (2011-2012), Postdoctoral Fellow (2007-2008)
  • Instructor, University of Colorado (2005-2006)
  • Book co-authored with Maria 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 for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year

Recent Publications

Chenoweth, E. & Dugan, L. (2016) "The Canadian Way of Counterterrorism: Introducing the GATE-Canada Dataset," Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (forthcoming).

Chenoweth, E. & Schock, K. (2015) "Do Contemporaneous Armed Challenges Affect the Outcomes of Mass Nonviolent Campaigns?" Mobilization: An International Quarterly (December), pp. 427-451.

Chenoweth, E. & Ulfelder, J. (2015) "Can Structural Conditions Explain the Onset of Nonviolent Uprisings?" Journal of Conflict Resolution (forthcoming).

Chenoweth, E., Day, J. & Pinckney, J. (2015). Collecting data on nonviolent action: Lessons learned and ways forward. Journal of Peace Research, 52(1), 129-133.

Chenoweth, E. (2014). Civil resistance: Reflections on an idea whose time has come. Global Governance, 20(3), 351-358.

Chenoweth, E. (2014). 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, pp 716-717.  

Chenoweth, E. (2013). Terrorism and democracy.  Annual Review of Political Science, 16, 355-378.

Chenoweth, E. & Lewis, O. (2013). Unpacking violent campaigns: Introducing the NAVCO 2.0 dataset. Journal of Peace Research, 50(3), 415-423.

Chenoweth, E. & Dugan, L. (2012). Moving beyond deterrence: The effectiveness of raising the benefits of abstaining from terrorism in Israel. American Sociological Review, 77 (3).

Chenoweth, E. (2012). Is terrorism still a democratic phenomenon?  The Journal of International Relations, 32 (8), 85-100.

Chenoweth, E. & Stephan, M. (2011). Why civil resistance works: The strategic logic of nonviolent conflict. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chenoweth, E. & Lawrence, A. (Eds.). (2010). Rethinking violence: States and non-state actors in conflict. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chenoweth, E. & Clarke, S. (2010). All terrorism is local: Constructing urban coalitions for homeland security in the American federal system. Political Research Quarterly, 63(3), 495-507.

Chenoweth, E. (2010). Democratic competition and terrorist activity. The Journal of Politics, 72 (1), 16-30.


  • INTS 4907-International Terrorism
  • INTS 4626-Topics: Civil Resistance
  • INTS 4702-Major Issues in International Security
  • INTS 4648: Theories of Security & World Politics