Hardy Merriman is President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He has worked in the field of civil resistance for nearly 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....
Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is Senior Director for Education and Research at ICNC. He works on academic programs for students, faculty, and educators to support teaching, research and study on civil resistance. He is a series editor of the ICNC Monographs. He holds an adjunct faculty position at Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University where he teaches strategic nonviolent resistance. He has worked with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict since 2009, prior to that with Adelphi University and Bard College.
Dr. Bartkowski is a book editor of Recovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles and Nation-Making published by Lynne Rienner in 2013.
She has extensive experience as a communications strategist and media coach, most recently as a consultant to an array of national and international non-profit organizations and campaigns. Her work in communications commenced at the end of a long career as a working journalist, including stints as a managing editor, nationally syndicated columnist, broadcast news producer and news anchor.
Cathy manages daily operations for ICNC as well as program services related to global learning, educational initiatives, and other areas of the Center's work. She comes to ICNC with many years’ experience as an extension and outreach coordinator for NC State University. She holds a BA in Mass Communication.
Azaz Elshami is the Manager of Global Field Initiatives at ICNC. Her work focuses on activists, organizers and practitioners around the world who are nonviolently struggling for rights, freedom, and justice. Her responsibilities include developing and sharing educational resources; overseeing ICNC’s translations program; managing grants; developing and moderating online courses; and organizing and presenting at ICNC field workshops.
Azaz has diverse experience in the fields of human rights, gender equality, peacebuilding, journalism, conflict resolution, and Internet rights....
Steve Chase, a long-time activist, educator, and writer, is ICNC's Manager of Academic Initiatives and a Regular Contributor to ICNC’s Minds of the Movement blog . His work supports academic research, curriculum development, classroom and online learning, and other educational efforts, with the aim of connecting practitioners and scholars.
During his doctorate work at Antioch University, Steve completed a curriculum action research dissertation entitled, Activist Training in the Academy: Developing a Master’s Program in Environmental Advocacy and Organizing ...
Julia Constantine assists ICNC’s President and Manager of Operations and Finance with research, editing, and correspondence. In addition, she plays a key role in supporting a number of ICNC’s programs, including the translations program and the field, academic, and editorial initiatives. Prior to joining ICNC, Julia held a position in Morocco as a Resident Director for the State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth. She comes to the ICNC team with a background in research, second language instruction, and cross-cultural communication. Julia holds a BA in History with a concentration in Global Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.
Nathan Luft helps strengthen and grow ICNC’s impact through its digital initiatives, including its website, online learning platform, social media and email campaigns. He also manages ICNC’s Resource Library, the largest collection of online civil resistance resources publicly available, in English and nearly 60 other languages.
Nathan is a former political organizer in Oregon and Nevada, and believes in the great potential that all people have to affect positive, lasting, nonviolent change in their communities, their countries, and the world. He is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and still believes that *someday* they will win a men’s college basketball championship.
Gabe Dayley is Program Assistant for Global Field Initiatives at ICNC. He supports the ICNC Small Grants program, which provides competitive funds for activists around the world to develop grassroots educational projects that train civilians in the knowledge and skills of civil resistance. He also contributes to the development of ICNC’s online course offerings, the promotion of newly published translations on civil resistance for ICNC’s global audience, and ICNC’s Minds of the Movement blog. His main areas of interest include environmental justice, women’s empowerment, anti-oppression work, the intersection of civil resistance and peacebuilding, and the role that mindfulness practices can play in social transformation.
In addition to his work at ICNC, Gabe serves as the executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC, a nonprofit offering training in mindfulness, awareness, and emotional intelligence education in support of responsible and compassionate global citizenship. He founded and edits The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics., an online journal that publishes essays and academic articles examining the relationship between contemplative practice, politics, and activism. Gabe holds a master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a bachelor’s in International Relations from Pomona College.
Chair and Advisors
Dr. Peter Ackerman is the Founding Chair of ICNC, and one of the world’s leading authorities on nonviolent conflict. He holds a Ph.D. from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he presently is the Chairman of the Board, and he is co-author of two seminal books on nonviolent resistance, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, 2001) and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (Praeger, 1994).
Since joining ICNC in 2014, Amber French has led in developing and managing ICNC’s editorial and media initiatives. Amber led the development of the Minds of the Movement blog, for which she is Co-Editor. In 2016, she oversaw the launch of the Nonviolent Conflict News website, a news aggregator site on civil resistance around the world. She also launched and is managing ICNC Press, which has so far produced six books in online and print editions. Previously, Amber served as editor of the Migration Policy Institute’s Migration Information Source and the UNESCO/Max Planck Institute journal New Diversities.
Hailey Grace Steele is a communications advisor for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict and the manager of Nonviolent Conflict News, ICNC’s aggregate news website highlighting civil resistance efforts around the world. As a graduate student at the University of Alabama, her academic research has centered on media portrayals of social movements and protest, and, specifically, the ways in which protest tactics and audience predispositions influence public opinion of dissent.
In addition to her work with ICNC, Hailey Grace has served as a communications consultant and social media strategist for Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence, organizations aiming to mainstream peace and nonviolence through education, community-building, and nonviolent direct action.
Hailey Grace is based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is deeply committed to the preservation and progress of rural American culture. She is the co-founder of The Rural American Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable living and works to connect and energize communities for a common good.
Shaazka Beyerle is a Senior Advisor with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014).
Nicola Barrach-Yousefi joined the ICNC team in 2008. She holds a JD from the University of Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne, a Master's degree in political science and development studies from the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences-Po) in Paris, and a Master's degree in human rights and humanitarian law from the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas.
Jack DuVall is Founding Director Emeritus of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. From 2002 through 2014, he served as President of ICNC. After stepping down from that position, he served in an advisory capacity as Senior Counselor from 2015 to 2017. Earlier, from 1997 to 2001, he collaborated with Peter Ackerman in helping to develop and promote the documentary television series “A Force More Powerful,” of which he was executive producer, and was co-author of the companion book of the same name (Palgrave/St.Martin’s Press 2001).