University of Denver Scholar Shares Grawemeyer Award

Erica Chenoweth, as assistant professor of international studies at the University of Denver, is sharing the 2013 Grawemeyer Prize for ideas improving world order. The award is one of five Grawemeyers given out annually by the University of Louisville. The award includes a $100,000 prize.

Dr. Chenoweth shares the award with Maria Stephan, a foreign affairs officer for the U.S. State Department. The pair was honored for their book Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict (Columbia University Press, 2011). The book, which examined all known political uprisings between 1900 and 2006 found that nonviolent campaigns were twice as likely to succeed than efforts that resorted to violence.

Dr. Chenoweth joined the faculty at the University of Denver this year. Previously, she was an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Colorado.  She is the co-author of Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict (MIT Press, 2010).

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