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I study, present, and write about grassroots movements nonviolently fighting for human rights and political change around the world.

I study, present, and write about grassroots movements nonviolently fighting for human rights and political change around the world.

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I am President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).

I have worked in the field of civil resistance for over 15 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers around the world; speaking widely about civil resistance movements with academics, journalists, and members of international organizations; and developing resources for practitioners and scholars.

From 2016-2018, I was also an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

I was a Senior Advisor to the 2017 James Lawson Institute.

 

My most recent publication is the ICNC Special Report “Preventing Mass Atrocities: From a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) to a Right to Assist (RtoA) Campaigns of Civil Resistance” (2019).

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) and I have co-authored two literature reviews on civil resistance. I further co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007), a training curriculum for activists.

Prior to being ICNC's President, I was ICNC's Vice President and Director of Content Development (2012-2014), during which time I also 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 from 2005-2007 I was Director of Programs and Research. From 2002-2005 I worked at the Albert Einstein Institution.

I am President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

I have worked in the field of civil resistance for over 15 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers around the world; speaking widely about civil resistance movements with academics, journalists, and members of international organizations; and developing resources for practitioners and scholars.

In 2016 I became an adjunct lecturer at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University).

I was a Senior Advisor to the 2017 James Lawson Institute.

My most recent publication is the ICNC Special Report “Preventing Mass Atrocities: From a Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) to a Right to Assist (RtoA) Campaigns of Civil Resistance” (2019).

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) and I have co-authored two literature reviews on civil resistance. I further co-authored A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (2007), a training curriculum for activists.

Prior to being ICNC's President, I was ICNC's Vice President and Director of Content Development (2012-2014), during which time I also 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 from 2005-2007 I was Director of Programs and Research. From 2002-2005 I worked at the Albert Einstein Institution.

 

Selected Presentation and Guest Lecturing Venues*:

Alliance for Peacebuilding annual conference (2017, 2018)
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
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) (2018, 2019)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2006-2016)
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Frontiers of Democracy conference, Tufts University (2017, 2018)
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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 (2013, 2014, 2017, 2019)
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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
The 23rd Session of the Youth Assembly (2019)

* 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 (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
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) (2018, 2019)
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2006-2016)
Watch presentation
Frontiers of Democracy conference, Tufts University (2017, 2018)
Watch presentation
George Mason University
Georgetown University (2013, 2015, 2018)
Georgia Institute of Technology
Golden West College
Harvard University (2011, 2013, 2017)
Read related article
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
Read related article
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 (2013, 2014, 2017, 2019)
Watch presentation
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.