Kurt Schock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Division of Global Affairs. He holds a PhD and MA in Sociology and a BA in Political Science. His research seeks to understand the use of civil resistance in challenging political oppression and economic exploitation. He has studied pro-democracy movements in authoritarian regimes and is currently studying land reform movements in the global South. His publications are numerous including journal articles and book chapters on social movements, nonviolent resistance, and violent political conflict. His book, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), was awarded Best Book of the Year by theComparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and was published in Spanish as Insurrecciones No Armadas: Poder Popular en Regimenes No Democráticos (Editorial Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia, 2008). His forthcoming books include Civil Resistance Today (Polity, 2015) and Comparative Perspectives on Civil Resistance (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University. He was a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University in 1998-99, a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2007, and convener of the Nonviolence Commission, International Peace Research Association from 2008 to 2014. He currently serves as director of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University, Newark, director of the interdisciplinary minor in Peace & Conflict Studies at Rutgers University, Newark, and adviser to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Washington, DC. At Rutgers-Newark he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to his research interests, including Civil Resistance, Social Movements, Political Sociology, Strategic Nonviolent Conflict, and Social Movements and Globalization.