Erica Chenoweth

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Erica Chenoweth
Born (1980-04-22) April 22, 1980 (age 36)
Nationality American
Fields International relations
Political science
Institutions Josef Korbel School of International Studies (University of Denver)
Wesleyan University (2008–2012)
Alma mater University of Dayton (B.A.)
University of Colorado (M.A.), (Ph.D.)
Known for Civil resistance studies

Erica Chenoweth (born April 22, 1980) is an American political scientist as well as a faculty member and Ph.D. program co-director at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies.[1] Chenoweth is also the Director of the university's Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research and 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]

Work and awards[edit]

Together with Maria J. Stephan of the U.S. Department of State, Chenoweth co-wrote the book, Why Civil Resistance Works, which develops the theory of civil resistance and its success rate for political change compared to violent resistance.[3] In 2012, the book 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."[4]

Chenoweth, along with Stephan, also won the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving the World Order.[5] Past winners of this award include Mikhail Gorbachev and Robert Keohane.[6]

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.[7] 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."[8]

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)
  • Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (2011)


  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. ^ "2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award Recipient". Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. American Political Science Association. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pair win world order prize for civil resistance study". The Grawemeyer Awards. University of Louisville. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Previous Winners - University Of Louisville Grawemeyer Award For Ideas Improving World Order". The Grawemeyer Awards. University of Louisville. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Erica Chenoweth: For proving Gandhi right". Foreign Policy. December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
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