Minds of the Movement

An ICNC blog on the people and power of civil resistance

The Voice Behind Our Articles

Authors

Sooyeon Kang

Sooyeon Kang is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies (Ohio State University) and a non-resident Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights (Harvard Kennedy School). She received her doctorate from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and was a 2020-2021 Peace Scholar Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and a Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Amos Oluwatoye

Amos Oluwatoye is a policy researcher and analyst with a focus on violent conflict prevention and peacebuilding with the Nigerian Global Affairs Council, a think tank NGO in Nigeria. He is also a Research Fellow with Building Blocks for Peace Foundation in Nigeria and an ICNC online course alum.

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Deborah Mathis

Deborah Mathis is a senior journalist. Previously as ICNC’s Director of Communications, Deborah developed, executed and coordinated ICNC’s communications, marketing, and media relations, working in collaboration with the organization’s staff and advisors. She helped develop the Minds of the Movement blog and served as co-editor.

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Marina G. Petrova

Marina G. Petrova is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Political Sciences, Università Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She received her PhD from the Department of Government, University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Her research interests include political violence, nonviolent action, and conflict processes.

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Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram

Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is an award-winning scholar and civil rights activist who is currently a visiting scholar at Connecticut College. Bina was born in Manipur Nation currently located in India’s northeast region next to Myanmar. She is the founder of three organizations working on peace and justice and has authored five books.

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Rev. Tremaine Combs

Rev. Tremaine Combs is the pastor of the historic Mount Zion Baptist Church of Lincoln Nebraska. While living and pastoring in the Saint Louis Metropolitan area, he was involved in the Ferguson Uprising, by participating in a cadre of young black pastors who strove to stand between the protestors and militarized police. He is the founding President of the Lincoln Black Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.

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Luke Abbs

Dr. Luke Abbs is a research fellow at the Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (CRRP) and visiting fellow at the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. Along with a forthcoming ICNC monograph tentatively titled, “The Impact of Nonviolent Resistance on Civil War Resolution”, his work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Global Security Studies and Mobilization.

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Inna Kavalionak

Until May 2020, Inna Kavalionak was a theater producer working at the OK16 cultural hub in Minsk, Belarus. Then she began volunteering for the election campaign of opposition candidate and philanthropist Viktor Babariko. She was soon arrested for her pro-democracy activism surrounding the contested 2020 elections. Since December 2020, Inna has been heading up politzek.me, an activist-run, user content generated website that channels online and offline support for political prisoners in Belarus.

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Sara Vazquez Melendez

Sara Vazquez Melendez is an anthropologist, farmer, activist and educator in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Through her school in civil resistance, and her agroecology farm, she provides a framework for decolonization, as well as methods for building an alternative future.

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Lindsay Littrell

Lindsay Littrell, MSW, is a PhD student in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky with a graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. Ms. Littrell is a long-time social work educator with roots in the labor movement and macro practice. Driven by her passion for the building of beloved community, Lindsay keeps her feet on the pavement, connecting with struggles for justice and liberation across contexts and around the world.

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Jacob Lewis

Jacob Lewis is an Assistant Professor of Global Politics in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. His research centers on conflict processes and political psychology in the African context. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and has worked extensively in the fields of international development and public policy.

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Jonathan Pinckney

Jonathan Pinckney is a Senior Researcher with the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, where he conducts research on nonviolent action, peacebuilding, and democratization. He is the author of the book From Dissent to Democracy: The Promise and Peril of Civil Resistance Transitions, from Oxford University Press, as well as a wide range of academic and general audience publications.

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Ala Sivets

Ala Sivets is a researcher and human rights activist. She holds an MA in Euroculture from Uppsala University and the University of Udine with a focus on European Union politics and human rights. Her research interests are forced migration and integration, mental well-being, diversity and community building. Observing numerous detentions of her friends in Belarus, Ala joined Politzek.me in 2020 as an advocacy campaigner.

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Mary Elizabeth King

Mary King is Director of the James Lawson Institute and a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace. She is also a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain. Her work for the U.S. civil rights movement includes having served on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh, "TX"

Abdourahman Mohamed Guelleh is a major opposition figure in Djibouti. The former mayor of the city of Djibouti, he leads the opposition party, Rally for action, democracy and ecological development, from exile in Belgium where he was finally allowed to join his family in 2019, after three years of separation.

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Phil Wilmot

Phil Wilmot is a former ICNC Learning Initiatives Network Fellow, and co-founder and outgoing director of Solidarity Uganda. He reports extensively on resistance movements and is author of A Wolf Dressed in Sheepskin: A White Guy’s Dilemma in a Ugandan Jail Cell. Phil lives in Uganda and can be reached at phil@wagingnonviolence.org.

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Svetlana Kabanova

Dr. Svetlana Kabanova received a PhD in Biochemistry from the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus and worked in numerous scientific labs both in Belarus and Germany. She is also a writer and poet and has been published in Belarusian, Russian, English, and German. Dr. Kabanova was born in Minsk, Belarus and closely follows political developments and dissidence in her home country as an expat.

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Winnifred R. Louis

Winnifred R. Louis (PhD McGill, 2001) is a Professor in Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision-making.

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Janjira Sombatpoonsiri

Dr. Janjira Sombatpoonsiri is currently affiliated with Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies. Her research focuses on civil resistance, civil society, and democratization in Asia. She is the author of Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2015).

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Maciej Bartkowski

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is a Senior Advisor to ICNC. He works on academic programs to support teaching, research and study on civil resistance. He is a series editor of the ICNC Monographs and ICNC Special Reports, and book editor of Recovering Nonviolent History. You can follow him @macbartkow

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Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Victoria Tin-bor Hui is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. She has testified on Hong Kong at Congress, and published in the Journal of Democracy, Foreign Affairs, Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, The Diplomat, etc.

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Michael Wilson Becerril

Michael Wilson Becerril (he/él) is an activist scholar with more than ten years of experience working for social and environmental justice. His written work has appeared in the Journal of Resistance Studies, Feminist Review, Terrorism & Political Violence, Peace Review, Human Rights Review, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, the Environmental Justice Atlas, and Latino Rebels.

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Wafa Eben-Beri

Wafa Eben-Beri is a social activist and currently an Obama Foundation scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago (USA). She is the former Head of Government Policy at the Economic Development Authority for Minorities in the Ministry for Social Equality in Israel.

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Florian Kriener

Florian Kriener is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Public Comparative and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. His research focuses on the role and regulation of nonviolent protest movements in international law.

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Charmaine Willis

Charmaine Willis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York (USA). Her research primarily examines social movements, terrorism, and protest repression, with a regional focus on East Asia.

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Mariam Azeem

Mariam Azeem is Director of Movement Support and Training with Rhize and an ICNC Summer Institute alumna (2013). She is passionate about playing the backstage role by providing training, education, and mentoring to movement actors. Azeem also has years of experience building, delivering, and evaluating training programs in human rights education and women leadership.

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Farai Maguwu

Farai Maguwu is the founding Director of the Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG), a leading organization working on improved governance of natural resources in Zimbabwe. In 2011, Human Rights Watch honored him with the prestigious Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. Farai is a PhD candidate at the School of Developmental Studies, University of Kwazulu Natal and holds two Masters.

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Yunus Berndt

Yunus Berndt is the founder of the Maltese NGO Hal Far Outreach and former activist with Europe Must Act. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Management and focuses his research on migration, post-modernism and entrepreneurship.

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James L. VanHise

James L. VanHise is a writer who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA). He has written about Gene Sharp and civil resistance in The Progressive, Peace Magazine, Waging Nonviolence and elsewhere. James blogs about nonviolent strategy and tactics at nonviolence3.com.

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Isa Benros

Isa is a mother, anthropologist, and currently Organizing and Social Movement Documentation Coordinator at ActionAid Denmark. Isa has lived and worked in East Africa for years and done extensive qualitative research on youth and organizing in the informal sector in Kenya.

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Jean Sonel Basquin

Jean Sonel Basquin, from and based in Haiti, has a degree in development project management and is currently a computer science student. He has worked with young people in the Haitian community for over 15 years, including with the VDH (Volunteers for Development of Haiti). He is an activist in Haiti’s nonviolent struggle for PetroCaribe transparency.

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Gregory François

Gregory Francois is a Haitian activist and social entrepreneur with a Bachelor’s Degree in legal science from the State University of Haiti. He is a consultant in Community Project Management for several organizations in Haiti and is an engaged citizen against corruption and for the rights of people with disabilities.

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Ivan Marovic

Ivan Marovic was one of the leaders of Otpor, the student resistance movement that played an important role in the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia. After the successful democratic transition in Serbia, Marovic began consulting with various prodemocracy groups worldwide and became one of the leading practitioners in the field of strategic nonviolent conflict. He is the author of The Path of Most Resistance: A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Nonviolent Campaigns (ICNC Press 2018).

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Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron is a fellow at the Arab Center Washington D.C. and a Ph.D. student at the University of Bath (U.K.). His research primarily focuses on U.S. policy, international relations, and conflict analysis in the Middle East.

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Kelly Fielding

Kelly Fielding is an environmental psychologist at the University of Queensland whose research focuses on developing ways to promoting environmental attitudes and actions. She addresses a range of environmental issues including climate change communication and action.

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Geoffrey Pleyers

Geoffrey Pleyers is a Fonds National de la Recherche scientifique (FNRS) researcher and professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium). He is currently the International Sociological Association’s vice president for research. He holds a PhD in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, 2006).

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Theo Roncken

Theo Roncken is a Dutch community psychologist with on-the-ground experience in Bolivia (1993-2019) and Nicaragua (1985-1991). He developed community-based psychosocial support for traumatized children and conducted action research with a variety of local stakeholders and a focus on social justice.

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Biram Dah Abeid

Biram Dah Abeid is an anti-slavery activist and politician from Mauritania. He founded the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA-Mauritania). IRA was a recipient of the 2016 James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nonviolent Conflict.

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Robyn Gulliver

Dr Robyn Gulliver is a multi-award winning environmentalist, writer and researcher who has served as an organiser and leader of numerous local and national environmental organisations. Her research focuses on the antecedents and consequences of environmental and pro-democracy activism.

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Pearce Edwards

Pearce Edwards is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His research focuses on repression and resistance in authoritarian regimes. His research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science.

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Lisha Sterling

Lisha Sterling is executive director of Geeks Without Bounds, a nonprofit organization supporting open source technology in low resource situations through education, hackathons, and an accelerator program to help promising humanitarian technology projects become sustainable. She is also on the board of directors at Frontline Wellness United.

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María Gabriela Mata Carnevali

María Gabriela Mata Carnevali is an internationalist from Venezuela with a Master’s degree in African Studies from El Colegio de Mexico and a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV). She is a professor and researcher in International Relations at UCV, as well as a human rights activist, artist, and author. She is an alumna of the ICNC online course “People Power: The Strategic Dynamics of Civil Resistance.”

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Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle is a Senior Research Advisor in the Program on Nonviolent Action at the United States Institute of Peace, and a Senior Advisor at ICNC. She is also the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Rienner 2014).

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Laurence Cox

Laurence Cox is the author of Why Social Movements Matter (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2018) and co-editor of the activist/academic journal Interface (http://interfacejournal.net). He is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Ireland Maynooth and has been involved in many different movements since the 1980s.

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Ahmadullah Archiwal

Ahmadullah Archiwal has two MAs, one in journalism and mass communication from the University of Peshawar (Pakistan) and one in international affairs from the New School University in New York (USA), where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. Archiwal has done pioneering work on civil resistance and has authored three books—two on Khudai Khidmatgar, and one on nonviolent civic mobilization in Pashto.

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Andy Buschmann

Andy Buschmann is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (USA) as well as Oxford University (UK). His work focuses on the interlinks between protest, authoritarianism, and public opinion. He has been studying the emergence and development of the “Be Water” movement while residing in Hong Kong since early June 2019.

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Mina Yousefi

Mina Yousefi is an Iranian journalist and academic. She has been working in investigative journalism for more than 12 years focusing on civil society and governance. During the last three years, at Brandeis University (USA), she has been conducting Masters-level research on corruption in Iran and the way this phenomenon has been changing civil dynamics.

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María Belén Garrido

María Belén Garrido is a research lecturer at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, a researcher at FLACSO, Ecuador, and a Ph.D. student at the Catholic University of Eichstätt/Ingolstadt. Her main expertise is in peace and conflict studies.

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Elizabeth A. Wilson

Elizabeth A. Wilson is the author of People Power and International Human Rights: Creating a Legal Framework (International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, 2017). She is a human rights lawyer, currently visiting scholar at Rutgers Law School-Newark and formerly Assistant Professor of English at Yale University.

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Poncho Hernández

Alfonso Poncho Hernández is a Mexico’s City based activist, community organizer, philosopher, and anthropologist with more than 10 years of work in nonviolence and peacebuilding. His academic work is focused on the use of arts in social responses to violence, including in civil resistance and creative social movements in Latin America. He is specifically interested in peacebuilding through cultural practices in communities with high levels of violence in Mexico.

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Søren Warburg

Søren Warburg is a dad, political organizer, social movement and civil resistance strategist, and Rosa Luxemburg lover (beware of the spontaneity of movements). He has been supporting movements globally for the past two decades and currently works as the Head of Youth Organizing and Activism at ActionAid Denmark.

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Sonja Stojadinovic

Sonja Stojadinovic is an MA student in Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds bachelor and master degrees in political science and international relations, both obtained on the Faculty of Law, Skopje, University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Republic of North Macedonia. She is also an activist and well-known columnist for North Macedonian daily newspapers and regional political web sites.

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Stephen Zunes

Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. He serves as a senior policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and served for seven years as the first chair of ICNC’s academic advisory committee.

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James Gomez

Dr. James Gomez is Chair, Board of Directors of the Asia Centre, a not-for-profit social enterprise that seeks to create human rights impact. A Singapore national and former politician, he is a regular news contributor and international expert.

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Lilit Makunts

Since May 2018, Lilit Makunts serves as Minister of Culture of Armenia. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Russian-Armenian University in Yerevan. Since June 2012, she has been fostering civic awareness both in Yerevan and rural areas of Armenia. She is an ICNC Curriculum Fellow (2016-17) and ICNC Summer Institute alumna (2015).

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Julius Okoth

Julius Okoth is a social justice crusader based in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently serves as coordinator of the Kenyans for Tax Justice movement. Julius is an alum of ICNC’s Learning Initiatives Network Fellowship (2016).

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Hasler Iglesias

Hasler Iglesias is a 27-year-old Venezuelan engineer, activist, and leader of the Voluntad Popular party. He is an alum of the ICNC Latin America Regional Institute (2018) and ICNC-Rutgers Course (fall 2018).

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Rachel MacNair

Rachel MacNair has authored several books in peace psychology. She is Director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, research arm of the Consistent Life Network. She has a Bachelor’s in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

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Lester R. Kurtz

Lester R. Kurtz is professor of public sociology at George Mason University Korea, where he teaches peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology of religion, and social theory. He is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Institute of Nanjing Massacre History and International Peace and an ICNC Academic Advisor.

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Omar Lopez

Omar Lopez is President of the Latin American Center for Nonviolence and Human Rights Director at the Cuban American National Foundation. Previously, he worked as a radio talk show host with Radio Television Marti for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to a variety of newspapers, magazines and websites on human rights, literature, and international relations.

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Brian Martin

Brian Martin, emeritus professor of social sciences at the University of Wollongong in Australia, is the author of 18 books and hundreds of articles on nonviolence, dissent, scientific controversies and other topics. He serves on the ICNC Academic Council.

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Kara Kingma Neu

Kara Kingma Neu, PhD (International Studies, Josef Korbel School, University of Denver) is a Research Fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver. Kara was a recipient of the ICNC 2016 Research Fellowship award.

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Maria Stephan

Dr. Maria J. Stephan directs the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace, which focuses on applied research, training and education and informing policies and practice related to civil resistance, nonviolent action and their roles in transforming violent conflict and advancing just peace.

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Carinne Luck

Carinne Luck is an organizer, trainer, and strategist living in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a co-founder of civil resistance groups If Not Now and By The People, a project to impeach Donald Trump, and a member of the Momentum community. She currently co-leads the Rooted in Resilience Mapping Project with Faith Matters Network.

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Oakley Hill

Oakley Hill is currently pursuing a masters degree in conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University, USA. His research interests include peace education in divided societies, using political science data to inform nonviolent resistance strategies, and systemic violence in the United States.

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Lee A. Smithey

Lee A. Smithey serves as Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is associate professor in the same program and also serves as ICNC Academic Advisor. Previously, he served as Chair of the Peace, War, and Social Conflict section of the American Sociological Association.

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Leonie Fleischmann

Dr. Leonie Fleischmann is a Lecturer in International Politics at City, University of London, where she Directs the Postgraduate Program in Human Rights. She is also a 2017-2018 Research Fellow with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Ilam Khan

Ilam Khan is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Center for International Peace and Stability (CIPS) at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST). He is also currently a Research Fellow in the department of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA.

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Liza López

Liza López is a seasoned Venezuelan journalist and media coordinator for Venezuelan newspapers El Universal, El Nacional, and Últimas Noticias. She is also Director and Editor in Chief of Marcapasos, a chronicles magazine that she founded 10 years ago, which focuses on ordinary peoples’ stories that are little explored in the mainstream media.

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Eduardo Burger

Eduardo Burger is a long-time screenwriter and dramatic arts teacher. He creates educational projects and develops media content on human rights, mostly through community engagement, visual arts workshops, and other innovative approaches.

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Leanne Erdberg

Leanne Erdberg is the director of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) at the U.S. Institute of Peace where she directs USIP’s CVE program that includes work focused on CVE Research, CVE Practice, and CVE Policy. Previously, Leanne held several advisory positions in the U.S. government.

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Giorgi Meladze

Giorgi Meladze is Associate Professor at Ilia State University in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has extensive experience in training grassroots groups and human rights activists locally and internationally.

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Felix S. Bethke

Felix S. Bethke is a researcher at the Cologne Centre for Comparative Politics and an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Development and Peace. His current research focuses on how civil resistance influences political developments.

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Cécile Mouly

Cécile Mouly is a French scholar based in Ecuador. She is a research professor specialized in peace and conflict studies at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), and a practitioner in the field. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from Cambridge University.

Cécile Mouly es una académica francesa basada en Ecuador. Es profesora investigadora especializada en los estudios de paz y conflictos en la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) y tiene experiencia práctica en el campo. Tiene un Ph.D. en Estudios Internacionales de la Universidad de Cambridge.

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Juan Masullo

Juan Masullo, Ph.D. (European University Institute), is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bremen International Graduate School of the Social Sciences. His academic interests include civil wars, collective action, civil resistance and, more broadly, contentious politics. Previously, in 2016-17, Juan was a Research Fellow at Yale University’s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence.

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Bhavana Mahajan

Bhavana is a public policy and communications strategist by day and writer by night. She has published opinion pieces on societal transformation, narratives in conflict and the power of media. She lives and works in Kabul, Afghanistan and New Delhi, India.

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Amy Schmidt

Amy is a writer, yoga teacher, activist and student. She most recently worked as the executive director of a nonprofit healthcare organization, before moving on to continue her education. She currently resides in Costa Rica, where she is enrolled in an MA program at the University for Peace.

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Markus Bayer

Markus Bayer is a Political Scientist and Ph.D. student at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. His writings have been published in Peacebuilding and the Journal of Peace Research.

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Ketakandriana Rafitoson

Ketakandriana Rafitoson is a Malagasy lawyer, political scientist and democracy activist. She also holds Masters degrees in Human Rights and Population and Development, and works with a citizen empowerment group called Wake Up Madagascar. She is a fellow of the ICNC Summer Institute and the ICNC Learning Initiatives Network.

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Matteo Dressler

Matteo Dressler is a Programme Officer and researcher for the Conflict Transformation Research programme of  the Berghof Foundation. His current research focuses include nonviolent resistance, inclusivity in peace processes and post-conflict armed social violence.

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Maia Hallward

Maia Carter Hallward, Ph.D., is a Professor of Middle East Politics in the School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development at Kennesaw State University and Executive Editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development. She has published four books and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles on peacebuilding and activism.

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Peter Ackerman

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 and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict.

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Hailey Grace Steele

Hailey Grace Steele is a graduate student at the University of Alabama where she is pursuing a master’s degree in journalism. Her research focuses on the effects of individuals’ disposition toward social groups on support for protest, as well as the influence of protest tactics on media frames of dissent. Hailey Grace has worked as an editorial intern for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict since March 2017.

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Lammi Begna

Lammi studied Chemical Engineering at Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia, and is a human rights activist who spent several years in Ethiopian prisons for fighting against injustice to Oromo people. He authored a book called Under a Gun Barrel. After five years of incarceration he was released in 2013. He supported the Oromo uprising of 2016 and played an underground leading role.

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Gabriel Dayley

Gabriel Dayley is the Executive Director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC and Chief Editor of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics. He completed his MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. Gabe works at ICNC in support of Global Field Initiatives.

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Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung

Johnson Ching-Yin Yeung was an organizer of the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement. Working on mass demonstrations calling for electoral reform and political rights, he was the spokesman of Civil Human Rights Front. He is a recipient of the 2017 ICNC Curriculum Fellowship Award.

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Evgeniya Chirikova

Since the summer of 2006, Evgeniya Chirikova has been a central actor in a grassroots movement to save Khimki forest in Russia. Evgeniya has been recognized internationally for her activism, including as recipient of ICNC’s James Lawson Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Practice of Nonviolent Conflict in 2013.

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David Riveros Garcia

David is the Executive Director of reAcción, a grassroots NGO in Paraguay that promotes transparency, citizen engagement, and anti-corruption. He founded reAcción at age 17 after leading a 3 week-long peaceful demonstration against corruption in the education system.

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Hardy Merriman

Hardy Merriman is a Senior Advisor to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and led ICNC as President & CEO from 2015 until 2021. He has worked in the field of civil resistance for over 18 years, presenting at workshops for activists and organizers; speaking widely to scholars, journalists, and members of international organizations; and developing educational resources.

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Amber French

Amber French is Editorial Advisor at ICNC, where she launched and now manages ICNC Press and its acclaimed Monograph series. Amber led the development of the Nonviolent Conflict News site (NVCNews.org) and of the Minds of the Movement blog, for which she is now co-editor.

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Tom Hastings

Tom Hastings is Assistant Professor and co-coordinator of the undergraduate program in Conflict Resolution at Portland (Oregon) State University, USA. He has written extensively about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics.

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Jack DuVall

Jack DuVall is Senior Counselor and Founding Director of ICNC. From 2002 through 2014, he served as President of ICNC. Prior to that, from 1997 through 2001, he collaborated with Peter Ackerman and Steve York in developing the documentary television series “A Force More Powerful,” of which he was executive producer.

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Kirsten Han

Kirsten Han is a Singaporean freelance journalist and activist, covering politics, human rights and social justice. She is the co-founder of We Believe in Second Chances, a campaign for the abolition of capital punishment in Singapore.

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Joel Preston Smith

Joel Preston Smith is director of field operations and communications for Frontline Wellness United, a nonprofit medical aid society that provides medical care, wellness services and training for social justice activists and nonviolent civil resistance movements. He served in the pipeline resistance camps as evacuation manager and emergency shelter director for the Cannonball District of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

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Ramesh Sharma

Ramesh Sharma is National Coordinator of Ekta Parishad, a mass movement for land rights of marginalized populations in India. He has collaborated with and assisted other nonviolent movements in more than a dozen other countries. Ramesh has also delivered lectures at Cambridge University, the London School of Economics, and Oxford University as well as the British Parliamentary Committee.

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Consuelo Amat

Consuelo Amat is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Yale University and a USIP Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar. Consuelo studies state repression, civil society development, and nonviolent and armed resistance. Her past professional experience includes working at the Brookings Institution and at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

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Steve Chase

Steve Chase is a long-time activist, educator, and writer. He was an editor at South End Press for many years, the founding director of Antioch University’s master’s level activist training program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, and is currently ICNC’s Manager of Academic Initiatives.

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A. Scott DuPree

A. Scott DuPree has worked for 30 years in helping build and strengthen social and environmental initiatives in Southern Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Southeast Asia and the United States. He is a professor in the Masters of Development Program “Global Classroom” at Regis University where he teaches participatory planning and grassroots and indigenous activism. Scott holds a Ph.D. in international affairs focused on the dynamic role of civil society.

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Ches Thurber

Ches Thurber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. His book, Between Mao and Gandhi: The Social Roots of Civil Resistance, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021. He received his PhD from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Chris Allan

Chris Allan, Ajabu Advisors LLC, has experience with public donors, foundations, and local and international NGOs working in social change, including designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs around the globe. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Change and Development from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University in African Studies and Biology.

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Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja

Mohamed Nabil Bennaidja is a second-year candidate of a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (USA), concentrating on conflict resolution and international negotiation with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Subindra Bogati

Subindra Bogati is the Founder and Chief Executive of the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, with more than 15 years’ experience working with various national and international organizations on peacebuilding, governance and development issues. Lately, his research, teaching, and policy-oriented work focus on peacebuilding and political violence.

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