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Erica Chenoweth

Erica Chenoweth is a political scientist at Harvard University. They study how people effectively resist authoritarianism and push for systemic democratic change. Chenoweth has written nine books and hundreds of articles on these topics, including Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2021). At Harvard, Chenoweth directs the Nonviolent Action Lab, an innovation hub that uses social science tools and evidence to support movement-led political transformation. Foreign Policy magazine has ranked Chenoweth among the Top 100 Global Thinkers for their efforts to promote the empirical study of nonviolent resistance. With Maria Stephan, Chenoweth won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for their book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict(Columbia, 2011), which also won the American Political Science Association’s annual Best Book Award in 2012. In 2022, Chenoweth was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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