Erica Chenoweth is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. An internationally recognized authority on political violence and its alternatives, Chenoweth was among Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 and won the International Studies Association’s 2014 Karl Deutsch Award. Chenoweth has authored or edited seven books, most recently Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2021). Chenoweth has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and their research has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Economist, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, and elsewhere.
Along with Jeremy Pressman, Chenoweth codirects the Crowd Counting Consortium, a public interest project that documents political mobilization in the United States during the Trump administration. Chenoweth is also a research associate at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Before joining Harvard, Chenoweth was associate dean for research at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. They earned a PhD and an MA in political science from the University of Colorado and a BA in political science and German from the University of Dayton.