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Cullen Hendrix, Associate Professor

Email: [email protected]

Office: 1144 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


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  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • MA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • BA, Kalamazoo College

Research and expertise

Hendrix's primary research focus is in modeling contentious politics – ranging from urban protest to armed conflict – as the outcome of interactions between domestic political institutions, global markets and advocacy networks, and environmental degradation and climatic change. He has published widely on the topics of contentious politics, the environment and civil conflict, food security, and human rights.

Professional Profile

  • Associate Professor, University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies (2013-present)
  • Co-Director, PhD Program
  • Director, Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab
  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary (2011-2013)
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Texas (2008-2011)
  • Research Associate at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, University of Texas at Austin (2009-present)
  • Co-Director, Social Conflict Analysis Database (

Recent Publications

Hendrix, C. & Salehyan, I. (2016). A House Divided: Regime Factionalism and Repression in Africa. Journal of Conflict Resolution. Online first at

Hendrix, C. (2016). "When Hunger Strikes: How Food Security Abroad Matters for National Security at Home." Chicago Council on Global Affairs Research Brief, April 7.

Hendrix, C. (2016). "Rough Patches on the Silk Road? Security Implications of China's Belt and Road Initiative." In China's Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope and Challenges. Peterson Institute for International Economics Briefing 16-2, pp. 25-30.

Hendrix, C. (2015). Oil Prices and Interstate Conflict. Conflict Management and Peace Science. Online first at

Hendrix, C. & Salehyan, I. (2015). "No News is Good News? Mark and Recapture for Event Data When Reporting Probabilities are Less than One." International Interactions 41.

Hendrix, C. & Haggard, S. (2015). "Global Food Prices, Regime Type, and Protest in the Developing World." Journal of Peace Research 52.

Hendrix, C. & Devlin, C. (2014). Trends and triggers redux: Climate change, rainfall and interstate conflict. Political Geography 43.

Hendrix, C. & Salehyan, I. (2014). Climate shocks and political violence. Global Environmental Change 28.

Hendrix, C. & Young, J. (2014). State Capacity and Terrorism: A Two-Dimensional Approach. Security Studies 23(2).

Hendrix, C. & Wong, W. (2014). Knowing your audience: How the structure of international relations and organizational choices affect Amnesty International's advocacy. Review of International Organizations. 

Hendrix, C. & Brinkman, H. (2013). Food insecurity and conflict dynamics: Causal linkages and complex feedbacks. Stability: International Journal of Security and Development.

Hendrix, C. & Wong, W. (2013). When is the pen truly mighty? Regime type and the efficacy of naming and shaming in curbing human rights abuses. British Journal of Political Science.

Hendrix, C. Salehyan, I., Hamner, J., Case, C., Linebarger, C., Stull, E., & Williams, J. (2012). Social conflict in Africa: A new database. International Interactions 38(4).

Hendrix, C. & Salehyan, I. (2012). Climate change, rainfall, and social conflict in Africa. Journal of Peace Research 49(1).