ICNC is currently going through an organizational transition, and during this time staffing capacity is reduced.
Leadership and Staff
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).
Bruce Pearson is Program Associate and Publications Coordinator at ICNC, where he supports online courses, curriculum fellowships, research, and writing on the use of civil resistance to win rights, freedom, and justice. Bruce was born in a newly independent Zimbabwe and raised in South Africa during the decline and fall of the Apartheid regime, where a people power movement's use of civil resistance tactics culminated in the establishment of democracy for the country. He is passionate about researching and sharing how movements can use nonviolent action to reclaim autonomy and shift power from the hands of the oppressors to the oppressed. Read more.
Hardy Merriman is a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). He led ICNC as President & CEO from January 2015 until June 2021. He has worked in the field of civil resistance for over 18 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers around the world; developing resources for practitioners and scholars....
Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is a Senior Advisor to ICNC. For close to eleven years he has held a position of the ICNC Director for Education and Research. 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. Dr. Bartkowski is a book editor of Recovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles and Nation-Making published by Lynne Rienner in 2013.
Cathy advises and provides support to ICNC on 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.
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.
Shaazka Beyerle is Senior Fellow at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TaCCC), Schar School of Public Policy and Government, George Mason University. She is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action.