Democratic Erosion

a cross-university collaboration

Erica Chenoweth

Instructor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


Erica Chenoweth is an internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives. She is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. 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. Chenoweth has authored or edited four books, including The Politics of Terror (Oxford, 2018) with Pauline Moore; Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT, 2010) with Adria Lawrence; Why Civil Resistance Works (Columbia University Press, 2011) with Maria J. Stephan; and Political Violence (Sage, 2013). She has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. Her research has been featured in The New York TimesThe Washington PostForeign AffairsThe EconomistThe Boston GlobeForeign 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. She co-directs the Crowd Counting Consortium with Jeremy Pressman; the project collects data on all political crowds that have mobilized on a daily basis around the United States since the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Chenoweth is currently the co-chair of the Academic Council at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, 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.