Erica Chenoweth

PRIO External Associate

Erica Chenoweth
Institution: Harvard Kennedy School
Additional position(s):
Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School

Twitter: @EricaChenoweth
Erica Chenoweth is an External Associate at PRIO.


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Erica Chenoweth is a rofessor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Previously, she was an assistant professor at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she received the Carol A. Baker Memorial Prize recognizing excellence in junior faculty teaching and research.

Chenoweth also was a fellow at Harvard Un​iversity’s Kennedy School of Government, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies.

She holds doctoral and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in political science and German from the University of Dayton.


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Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Day, Joel; Jonathan Pinckney & Erica Chenoweth (2015) Collecting data on nonviolent action: Lessons learned and ways forward, Journal of Peace Research 52(1): 129–133.
Chenoweth, Erica (2015) The Art and Science of Civil Resistance, Thammasat Review 18(1): 1–10.
Chenoweth, Erica & Kurt Schock (2015) Do Contemporaneous Armed Challenges Affect the Outcomes of Mass Nonviolent Campaigns?, Mobilization 20(4): 427–451.
Chenoweth, Erica & Jay Ulfelder (2015) Can Structural Conditions Explain the Onset of Nonviolent Uprisings?, Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(2): 298–324.
Chenoweth, Erica & Maria J. Stephan (2014) Drop Your Weapons: When and Why Civil Resistance Works, Foreign Affairs 93(4).
Chenoweth, Erica & Stephen Zunes (2014) A Nonviolent Alternative for Ukraine, Foreign Policy.
Chenoweth, Erica (2014) Civil Resistance: Reflections on an Idea Whose Time Has Come, Global Governance: a Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 20(3): 351–358.
Chenoweth, Erica (2013) The Dissident's Toolkit, Foreign Policy.
Chenoweth, Erica & Orion A. Lewis (2013) Unpacking nonviolent campaigns: Introducing the NAVCO 2.0 dataset, Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 415–423.
Chenoweth, Erica & Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham (2013) Understanding nonviolent resistance: An introduction, Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 271–276.
Chenoweth, Erica (2013) Terrorism and Democracy, Annual review of political science (Palo Alto, Calif. Print) 16: 355–378.
Dugan, Laura & Erica Chenoweth (2012) Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel, American Sociological Review 77(4): 597–624.


Chenoweth, Erica & Maria J. Stephan (2012) Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. New York: Columbia University Press. Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare.

Book Chapter

Chenoweth, Erica (2015) Political Mobilization and Institutions, in Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions. Abingdon, UK: Routledge (362–376).
Kingma, Kara; Bryan Kramer & Erica Chenoweth (2015) Regime Type and Terrorist Attacks, in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: an Interdisciplinary, Searchable, and Linkable Resource. Online: Wiley-Blackwell.

PRIO Policy Brief

Chenoweth, Erica (2016) The Rise of Nonviolent Resistance, PRIO Policy Brief, 19. Oslo: PRIO.