I was an independent contractor in the field of civil resistance from 2007-2012, and this section of my website is a legacy from that time period and therefore is no longer current.  As an independent contractor, I offered services (such as those listed below) to a variety of constituencies.  I still offer many of these services, but now through the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.


I offer the following services to scholars, students, and members of the academic community:

  • Presentations to undergraduate and graduate students about the theory and dynamics of nonviolent conflict, as well as a variety of research areas in the field.  See below for a selected list of topics.
  • Presentations for and consultations with professors, lecturers and other educators about curriculum development and resources available in the field of nonviolent conflict.


Selected presentation topics:

The list below is a sampling of topics on which I present to scholars, students, and members of the academic community.  If there’s a topic you’re interested in learning about that is not on this list, contact me and I will tell you if I can present on it or try to direct you to someone who can.

  • Historical overview of civil resistance movements
  • Case studies of specific civil resistance movements
  • The historical record and outcomes of civil resistance movements
  • Theoretical underpinnings of civil resistance: How nonviolent movements wield power
  • Structural and agency-based factors in the emergence, trajectories, and outcomes of civil resistance movements
  • Strategic principles of effective civil resistance
  • Tactical choice, innovation, and sequencing in civil resistance
  • Civil resistance movement language and discourse
  • Persistence in the face of repression: How civil resistance movements maintain resilience against brutal adversaries
  • The dynamics of making repression backfire
  • Civil resistance and the process of security force defections
  • Coalition building in civil resistance movements
  • The role of negotiations in civil resistance movements
  • Nonviolent resistance in international context: The role of third parties in supporting or hindering civil resistance


Selected past presentation and guest lecturing venues*:

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual conference (2009)
American University
Amherst College
Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Queensland University
Cambridge University (England)
Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney (Australia)
Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Central Connecticut State University (2010-2014)
Central European University
Colorado College
Community of Democracies
Dartmouth College
European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Ecuador)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2006-2016)
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George Mason University
Georgetown University (2013, 2015, 2018)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College
Harvard University (2011, 2013, 2017)
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International Peace Research Association Annual Conference (2006)
International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education (2011, 2014, 2015)
The James Lawson Institute
James Madison University
Kadir Has University (Turkey)
Middlebury College
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Monterey Institute for International Studies
New York University
Oberlin College (2007, 2012)
Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
Portland State University
School for Authentic Journalism (Mexico)
Sonoma State University
Stanford University (2010, 2011, 2015)
Swarthmore College
United States Institute of Peace
University of Amsterdam
University of Basque Country (Spain)
University of Chicago
University of Denver (2016, 2017)
University of Deusto (Spain)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
University of San Francisco
University of Sarajevo (Bosnia)
University of St. Andrews (Scotland)
University of Toronto
Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) (2010, 2017)
Wesleyan University

* Note: Videos of some of these presentations are available for viewing here.