Wesleyan University terrorism expert to speak at Penn State on Feb. 25

Erica Chenoweth, assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University and director of the university’s Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research, will present "How to Build a Global Terrorism Database at at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25, at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus.

Her talk is part of the International Speaker Series sponsored by the Interntional Center for the Study of Terrorism (ICST), part of the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. Sponsoring the lecture is the Social Sciences Research Institute at Penn State.

Chenoweth’s research interests include terrorism, the outcomes of nonviolent and violent protest, the consequences of political violence, democratization and repression. Chenoweth’s doctoral dissertation investigated reasons why non-state actors resort to violence in democracies despite the availability of legal methods of protest. In another project, she and co-author Maria Stephan researched the conditions under which nonviolent resistance methods are more effective than violent methods in achieving strategic goals such as regime change, expelling foreign occupiers or achieving self-determination.

The Wesleyan researcher is an associate at the International Security Program at the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and was a visiting fellow at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She is co-editor of the upcoming publication "Rethinking Violence: States and Non-State Actors in Conflict."

Chenoweth also is co-lead investigator on a START-funded project that assesses the efficacy of different counterterrorism policies in the Middle East since 1980.

For more information on the ICST, visit http://www.icst.psu.edu/ or contact Machelle Seiner at mls5@psu.edu or 814-863-9416 for more information.

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Last Updated February 05, 2010