ICNC Academic Advisors and Council
Over a period of years ICNC has built and cultivated close relations with aspiring and seasoned scholars whose writing, research or teaching advanced the field of civil resistance studies. They volunteered to come together and form a vibrant community of academic advisors to ICNC.
Many of these academics are also veterans or current practitioners of nonviolent actions and insightful public commentators of the political events that pertain to nonviolent movements and civic mobilization for rights, freedom and justice around the world.
ICNC draws on the pool of its academic advisors to lead its Academic Council and to provide the highest quality counsel and guidance on the scholarship in civil resistance studies and the multidisciplinary inquiry on the most pertinent research topics in our field.
ICNC has always been on the lookout for diverse academic talents and scholars-enthusiasts from around the world who have potentials to advance critical and innovative studies, expand scientific inquiry and strengthen a vibrant network of intellectual pioneers in a growing civil resistance discipline.
If you are one of such people we encourage you to review the information on this website and contact us to tell us more about your work, teaching or research.
The current ICNC academic advisors include:
Véronique Dudouet, Senior Researcher and Program Director, the Berghof Foundation, Co-Chair of ICNC Academic Council
Dr. Véronique Dudouet is senior researcher and program director at the Berghof Foundation in Berlin. She has been coordinating participatory action research, training and policy advice activities on resistance and liberation movements in transition’ since 2005. She holds an MA (2001) and PhD (2005) in Conflict Resolution from the Department of Peace Studies, Bradford University, UK, as well as an MPhil in International Relations and Security and a BA in Political Science from the Institute d’Etudes Politiques, Toulouse, France.
Kurt Schock, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, Newark, Co-Chair of ICNC Academic Council
Kurt Schock has published numerous works on nonviolent resistance, social movements and political conflict, including three books: Civil Resistance Today (Polity, 2015), Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (University of Minnesota Press, 2005). Unarmed Insurrections was awarded Best Book of the Year by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and published in Spanish as Insurrecciones No Armadas: Poder Popular en Regimenes No Democráticos (Editorial Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, 2008). He served as Convenor of the Nonviolence Commission of the International Peace Research Association from 2008 to 2014 and currently serves as Director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark.
Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham, Associate Professor at the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego 2007) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland and is affiliated with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. Her book Inside the Politics of Self-determination was published by Oxford University Press in 2014 and won Book of the Year from the Conflict Research Society. Cunningham’s primary research interests have included self-determination, secession, civil war, leadership in rebellion, and non-violent resistance. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) at the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Research, International Studies Quarterly, and Perspectives on Politics. Cunningham was a Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo.
Isak Svensson is Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and former Director of Research at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. His three main areas of expertise are 1) international mediation in civil wars, 2) religious and conflict, and 3) dynamics of strategic nonviolent conflicts.
He has published and edited ten books, and over 25 articles in international academic journals, including Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, European Journal of International Relations, and International Negotiation. His books include Ending Holy Wars: Religion and Conflict Resolution in Civil Wars, University of Queensland Press (2012), and International Mediation Bias and Peacemaking: Taking sides in civil wars (Routledge, 2015).
Cécile Mouly (France) is a research professor at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Ecuador. There she coordinates the research group on peace and conflict, and teaches postgraduate courses on peace and conflict studies, and human rights. She also conducts research on peacebuilding, civil resistance and the reintegration of former combatants to civilian life. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge and has published several academic works on civil resistance. Her main area of expertise in this field is civil resistance in the context of armed conflict, and in December 2017 she co-edited a special issue on this topic in the Journal of Peacebuilding & Development together with Maia Carter Hallward and Juan Masullo.
Janjira Sombatpoonsiri is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thammasat University, Thailand, where she teaches violence and nonviolence in politics, peace and conflict studies, international relations theories, and international security.
Her research has focused on the politics of nonviolent action and pro-democracy social movements. Her dissertation-turned-book is Humor and Nonviolent Struggle in Serbia (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2015). The modified Thai version of her book – published by Matichon Publishing – includes the case of the Thai pro-democracy group "Red Sunday" and Poland’s "Orange Alternative." In addition, she has published journal articles in Global Change, Peace & Security, Journal of Peace & Policy, Journal of Resistance Studies, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, and Asian Journal of Peace Building, and several book chapters.
Erica Chenoweth, is Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her research focuses on political violence and its alternatives. Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the International Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research.
Stellan Vinthagen is Associate Professor in Sociology and Senior Lecturer in Peace and Development Studies at Göteborg University and at the Department of Social and Behavioral Studies, University West, Sweden. He is a member of the Peace and Development Scholar Network, the Nonviolence Commission of the International Peace Research Association and a council member of War Resisters’ International. Professor Vinthagen is the co‐founder of the Resistance Studies Network and an associate of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.
Lee A. Smithey serves as Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He is an Assistant Professor in the college’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, where he studies social movements, ethno-political conflict, and nonviolent conflict methods. He has focused much of his work on conflict transformation in Northern Ireland.
Soon after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University, Mary Elizabeth King went to work for the U.S. civil rights movement, first in Atlanta and then Mississippi, 1962–65, serving on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Uniquely among the SNCC personnel, she has built her academic specialty on the study of nonviolent civil resistance and is acclaimed a top authority on the subject. Now a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace (main campus Costa Rica), she is also a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain.
Jason MacLeod, Instructor of Civil Resistance at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney
Jason MacLeod is an educator, organiser and researcher. He currently teaches civil resistance at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney where he is a visiting scholar. He has previously held teaching and/or research positions at The University of Queensland, Sydney University, University of New England, Christian Heritage College and Monash University. His research interests include nonviolent struggles for self-determination, conflict transformation, social movements, community development, community organising, popular education, and politics in Indonesia, West Papua and the Pacific.
Dr. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. 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. He is the author of hundreds of articles for scholarly and general readership on strategic nonviolent action, Middle Eastern and North African politics, U.S. foreign policy, international terrorism, nuclear nonproliferation, and human rights. He is the principal editor of Nonviolent Social Movements (Blackwell Publishers, 1999), the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (Common Courage Press, 2003) and co-author (with Jacob Mundy) of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism and Conflict Irresolution (Syracuse University Press, 2010.)
Tom Hastings, Assistant Professor and co-coordinator of the Conflict Resolution program at Portland State University
Tom Hastings, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor and co-coordinator of the undergraduate program in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University. He is a former member of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), former co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, current member of the IPRA Foundation Board as well as the Academic Advisor Committee of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He is founding director of PeaceVoice, and has written several books and many articles about nonviolence and other peace and conflict topics. He is a two-time Plowshares resister, a founding member of two Catholic Worker communities, and currently lives in Whitefeather Peace House.
Chaiwat Satha-Anand was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1955. He holds a PhD in political science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, professor of political science at Thammasat University, Bangkok and director of the Thai Peace Information Centre which conducts studies and activism in relation to the Thai military and social issues. Satha-Anand is an expert on non-violence, theory as well as activism, and on Islam.
Lester Kurtz is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at George Mason University, where he teaches nonviolence, social movements, peace and conflict studies, the comparative sociology of religion, globalization, and social theory. Professor Kurtz is also involved in helping to create a new Ph.D. program in Public Sociology.
John Gould graduated from Williams College cum laude with a double major in Political Science and Studio Art. He obtained a M.A.L.D degree in 1990 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2001.
Janet Cherry is a South African human rights activist, trainer and academic. She is currently a professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, in the Department of Development Studies. She is also a trainer for the Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) based in Belgrade, Serbia. She has been involved in research for, among others, the Human Sciences Research Council (Democracy and Governance Programme), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the International Centre on Human Rights Policy (Geneva).
Cynthia Boaz is associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University where her areas of expertise include political development and quality of democracy, nonviolent conflict and nonviolent struggle, and political communication with an emphasis on media coverage of war. Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals including Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Feminist Media Studies, Comparative Political Studies, and Sojourners Magazine. She has also contributed chapters to several books on nonviolent action and social movements.
Victoria Tin-bor Hui is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Hui’s research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” through history. She is the author of War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005). As a native from Hong Kong, Hui also studies Hong Kong politics. She maintains a blog on the Umbrella Movement (https://victoriatbhui.wordpress.com) and has published an article “Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: The Protest and Beyond” (Journal of Democracy). Hui teaches courses on the state and contentious politics.
Brian Martin is Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He has been researching nonviolent action since the late 1970s, with a special interest in strategies for social movements and tactics against injustice. He is the author of 15 books and over 200 articles on nonviolence, dissent, scientific controversies, democracy, education and other topics. He is vice president of Whistleblowers Australia and hosts a large website on suppression of dissent. His recent books include Nonviolence Unbound (2015), The Controversy Manual (2014), Whistleblowing: A Practical Guide (2013) and Doing Good Things Better (2011).
Barry Gan, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University
Barry L. Gan is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University. He is the author of Violence and Nonviolence: An Introduction. He is also co-editor with Robert L. Holmes of a leading anthology on nonviolence, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice, now in a third edition; and he is editor of The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society. For two years he served as program committee chair of the oldest and largest interfaith peace group in the United States, the Fellowship of Reconciliation.