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Erica Chenoweth


Dr. Erica Chenoweth is a Research Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. 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.

Highlighted Works

 Journal of Peace Research Annual Review of Political Science  American Sociological Review Civil Resistance Book

 Special Issue: Understanding Nonviolent Resistance
Erica Chenoweth and Kathleen Gallaghers, guest editors
The Journal of Peace Research (2013)

Terrorism and Democracy
Erica Chenoweth
in the Annual Review of Political Science (2013)

Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Benefits of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel
Erica Chenoweth and Laura Dugan
in American Sociological Review (2012)

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan (2011)

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)

The Politics of Terror, co-authored with Pauline Moore (book manuscript completed; under contract with Oxford University Press, expected publication summer 2017)

Resilient Republics: Why Terrorism Does Not Destroy Democracy, with Joseph K. Young, American University (book manuscript in progress; under contract with Columbia University Press)

Journal Articles

"Contentious Politics in the Trump Era," with Charles Crabtree, Christian Davenport, Dana M. Moss, Jennifer Earl, Emily Hencken Ritter, and Christopher Sullivan, PS: Political Science & Politics 51:1 (November 2017).

"State Repression and Nonviolent Resistance," with Evan Perkoski and Sooyeon Kang, Journal of Conflict Resolution 61:9 (August 2017).

"Collecting Data on Nonviolent Action: Lessons learned and ways forward," with Joel Day and Jonathan Pinckney, Journal of Peace Research 52:1 (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 3:12 (September 2014). 

"Civil Resistance: Reflections on an Idea Whose Time Has Come," Global Governance 20:3 (September 2014).

"Drop Your Weapons," Foreign Affairs 93: 4 (June 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 50:3 (May 2013).

"Understanding Nonviolent Resistance: An Introduction," with Kathleen Cunningham, Journal of Peace Research 50:3 (May 2013).

"Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Benefits of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel," with Laura Dugan, American Sociological Review 77:3 (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 32:8 (Winter 2012).

"All Terrorism is Local: Constructing Urban Coalitions for Homeland Security in the American Federal System," with Susan E. Clarke, Political Research Quarterly, 63:3 (September 2010).

"Democratic Competition and Terrorist Activity," The Journal of Politics 72:1 (January 2010).

"Correspondence: What Makes Terrorists Tick?" with Nicholas Miller and Elizabeth McClellan, International Security 33:4 (Spring 2009).

"Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict," with Maria J. Stephan, International Security 33:1 (Summer 2008).

"On Classifying Terrorism: A Potential Contribution of Cluster Analysis for Academics and Policymakers," with Elizabeth Lowham, Defense and Security Analysis 23:4 (December 2007).

"The Politics of Vulnerability: Constructing Local Performance Regimes for Homeland Security," with Susan E. Clarke, Review of Policy Research 23:1 (January 2006).

Book Chapters 

"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).