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Dr. Erica Chenoweth

Workshop Title: Responding to Violent Flanks

Workshop Description: Dr. Chenoweth will review recent data related to the impact of violent flanks (groups within a movement that resort to violent tactics) on movement effectiveness.  She will invite participants to reflect on ways that they have responded to violent flanks within and outside of their own movements in order to collect come common wisdom regarding this movement experience.

Bio:  Erica Chenoweth is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her pathbreaking research on the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance has earned her numerous distinctions. For “proving Gandhi right,” 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. Her research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe EconomistThe Boston Globe,Foreign PolicyThe Christian Science Monitor, NPR’s Morning Edition, TEDxBoulder, and elsewhere. She co-hosts the award-winning blog Political Violence @ a Glance, hosts the blog Rational Insurgent, and blogs occasionally at The Monkey Cage. Chenoweth is currently the co-chair of the Academic Council at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a Councilor of the Peace Science Society International, 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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