Erica Chenoweth

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Erica Chenoweth
Born (1980-04-22) April 22, 1980 (age 39)
Alma materUniversity of Dayton (B.A.)
University of Colorado (M.A.), (Ph.D.)
Known forCivil resistance studies
Scientific career
FieldsInternational relations
Political science
Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver) (2012-2018)
Wesleyan University (2008–2012)

Erica Chenoweth (born April 22, 1980) is an American political scientist as well as Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Formerly, she was a faculty member and Ph.D. program co-director at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.[1] Chenoweth was the Director of the university's Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. She is also a researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Within the international relations community, she is known for her work on civil resistance movements and political violence.


Chenoweth received her B.A. at the University of Dayton, followed by an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. She previously taught at Wesleyan University until 2012 and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Maryland.[1] Chenoweth joined the University of Denver faculty in 2012,[2] and the Harvard faculty in 2018.

Work and awards[edit]

External video
“Erica Chenoweth - Why Civil Resistance Works: Nonviolence in the Past and Future”, Dartmouth College

Together with Maria J. Stephan of the U.S. Department of State, Chenoweth co-wrote the book, Why Civil Resistance Works. Chenoweth and Stephan organized an international team of scholars in identifying all the major violent and nonviolent governmental change efforts of the twentieth century. They translated the results into a theory of civil resistance and its success rate for political change compared to violent resistance.[3]

Their team identified over 200 violent revolutions and over 100 nonviolent campaigns. Twenty-six percent of the violent revolutions were successful, while 53 percent of the nonviolent campaigns succeeded. Moreover, looking at change in democracy (Polity IV scores) indicates that nonviolence promotes democracy while violence promotes tyranny.

In addition every campaign that got active participation from at least 3.5 percent of the population succeeded, and many succeeded with less. All the campaigns that achieved that threshold were nonviolent; no violent campaign achieved that threshold.[4]

In 2012 Why Civil Resistance Works won the American Political Science Association's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for "the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year on government, politics, or international affairs."[5]

Chenoweth, along with Stephan, also won the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving the World Order.[6] Past winners of this award include Mikhail Gorbachev and Robert Keohane.[7]

In December 2013, Foreign Policy named Chenoweth one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of the year "for proving Gandhi right," noting her work on providing evidence for the efficacy of nonviolent political movements.[8] In 2013, Erica also won the Karl Deutsch Award (International Relations) for being "judged to have made the most significant contribution to the study of International Relations and Peace Research by the means of publication."[9]

Chenoweth was also awarded the International Studies Association award for "Best Group Blog of the Year". It was awarded the blog "Violence @ a Glance", which she founded with Barbara F. Walter.


  • Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (2010)
  • Chenoweth, Erica; Stephan, Maria J. (2011), Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Columbia U. Pr., ISBN 978-0-231-15683-7.

Ukrainian translation:

  • Ченовет, Еріка; Стефан, Марія Дж. (2014), Чому ненасильницький спротив ефективний. Стратегічна логіка громадянського конфлікту, Видавництво "Кліо", ISBN 978-617-7023-14-1.
  • Chenoweth, Erica, NAVCO Data Project, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, retrieved 2017-03-17


  1. ^ a b "Erica Chenoweth Faculty Page". University of Denver. Retrieved 1 Nov 2012.
  2. ^ "Another Honor for the University of Denver's Erica Chenoweth". WIAReport. Women in Academia Report. Retrieved 12 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Success of Nonviolent Revolution". Academic Minute. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  4. ^ Chenoweth, Erica (2013-11-04). "My Talk at TEDxBoulder: Civil Resistance and the "3.5% Rule"". Rational Insurgent. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  5. ^ "2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award Recipient". Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. American Political Science Association. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Pair win world order prize for civil resistance study". The Grawemeyer Awards. University of Louisville. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Previous Winners - University Of Louisville Grawemeyer Award For Ideas Improving World Order". The Grawemeyer Awards. University of Louisville. Archived from the original on 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Erica Chenoweth: For proving Gandhi right". Foreign Policy. December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
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