I have worked in the field of civil resistance for 20 years, presenting, writing, leading workshops, grantmaking and developing programs for practitioners and scholars around the world.

I have worked in the field of civil resistance for 20 years, presenting, writing, leading workshops, grantmaking and developing programs for practitioners and scholars around the world.

I have worked in the field of civil resistance for 20 years, presenting, writing, leading workshops, grantmaking and developing programs for practitioners and scholars around the world.

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I am an independent consultant, a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. I currently lead the Civil Resistance Funders Initiative and am a Principal Investigator for the Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave project.

I was President & CEO of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict from January 2015 until June 2021. Concurrently from 2016-2018 I was an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

From 2012-2014 I was ICNC's Vice President and Director of Content Development, during which time I directed the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists focusing on nonviolent civil resistance, in 2013 and 2014.

From 2007-2012, I was a Senior Advisor to ICNC and I was Director of Programs and Research from 2005-2007. I worked at the Albert Einstein Institution from 2002-2005.

I recently co-authored the book Glossary of Civil Resistance: A Resource for Study and Translation of Key Terms.

In 2020 I co-authored Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy.

In 2019 I co-authored the ICNC Special Report Preventing Mass Atrocities: From a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) to a Right to Assist (RtoA) Campaigns of Civil Resistance.

I have also contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010), Nonviolence: An Alternative for Countering Global Terror(ism) (2007) and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005), as well as two literature reviews on civil resistance and the activist training curriculum A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007).

I am an editor at Minds of the Movement. Recent blog posts and a selected publication list is available here. I also serve as a member of the Advisory Committee of the War Prevention Initiative.

I am an independent consultant, a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council. I currently lead the Civil Resistance Funders Initiative and am a Principal Investigator for the Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave project.

I was President & CEO of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict from January 2015 until June 2021. Concurrently from 2016-2018 I was an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

From 2012-2014 I was ICNC's Vice President and Director of Content Development, during which time I directed the James Lawson Institute, an eight-day intensive program for North American organizers and activists focusing on nonviolent civil resistance, in 2013 and 2014.

From 2007-2012, I was a Senior Advisor to ICNC and I was Director of Programs and Research from 2005-2007. I worked at the Albert Einstein Institution from 2002-2005.

I recently co-authored the book Glossary of Civil Resistance: A Resource for Study and Translation of Key Terms (2021).

In 2020 I co-authored Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy.

In 2019 I co-authored the ICNC Special Report Preventing Mass Atrocities: From a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) to a Right to Assist (RtoA) Campaigns of Civil Resistance.

I have also contributed to the books Is Authoritarianism Staging a Comeback? (2015), Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization, and Governance in the Middle East (2010), Nonviolence: An Alternative for Countering Global Terror(ism) (2007) and Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential (2005), as well as two literature reviews on civil resistance and the activist training curriculum A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007).

I am an editor at Minds of the Movement. Recent blog posts and a selected publication list is available here. I also serve as a member of the Advisory Committee of the War Prevention Initiative.

Selected Presentation and Guest Lecturing Venues:

Alliance for Peacebuilding annual conference
American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual conference
American Society of International Law
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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
Central European University
Chautauqua Institution
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Colorado College
Community of Democracies
Council on Foreign Relations
Creighton University
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Dartmouth College
European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Ecuador)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
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Frontiers of Democracy conference, Tufts University
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George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College

Harvard University
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International Peace Research Association Annual Conference
International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education
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
Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
Portland State University
School for Authentic Journalism (Mexico)
Sonoma State University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
United States Institute of Peace
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University of Amsterdam
University of Basque Country (Spain)
University of Chicago
University of Denver
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)
Wesleyan University
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* Note: Videos of some of these presentations are available for viewing here.

Selected Presentation and Guest Lecturing Venues:

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual conference
American University
Amherst College
American Society of International Law
Watch presentation
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
Central European University
Chautauqua Institution
Watch presentation
Read related article
Colorado College
Community of Democracies
Council on Foreign Relations
Dartmouth College
European Humanities University (Lithuania)
Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) (Ecuador)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Watch presentation
Frontiers of Democracy conference, Tufts University
Watch presentation
George Mason University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College
Harvard University
Read related article
International Peace Research Association Annual Conference
International Summit on Conflict Resolution Education
The James Lawson Institute
James Madison University
Kadir Has University (Turkey)
Middlebury College
Read related article
Monterey Institute for International Studies
New York University
Oberlin College
Peace Research Institute of Oslo (Norway)
Portland State University
School for Authentic Journalism (Mexico)
Sonoma State University
Stanford University
Swarthmore College
United States Institute of Peace
Watch presentation
University of Amsterdam
University of Basque Country (Spain)
University of Chicago
University of Denver
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)
Wesleyan University

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