Kurt Schock

Kurt Schock


kschock [at] newark.rutgers.edu



Office Location

Hill Hall 605

Professor Schock’s research interests are peace and conflict studies, social movements, and political conflict, which he approaches from comparative and cross-national perspectives.  His books include Civil Resistance Today (Polity, 2015), Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle (editor, 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.  He has published in journals such as MobilizationJournal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of Peace Research; and contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes.  He is currently studying land rights movements in India and Brazil.

Professor Schock teaches courses on Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Research I, and Social Research II. 


Selected Publications


Schock, Kurt. 2017. Sivil Direnişin Bugünü. Turkish language edition of Civil Resistance Today. Istanbul: Amara Yayıncılık; Schock, Kurt. 2015. Civil Resistance Today. Cambridge: Polity; Schock, Kurt, ed. 2015. Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; Schock, Kurt. 2008. Insurrecciones No Armadas: Poder Popular en Regimenes No Democráticos. Spanish language edition of Unarmed Insurrections. Bogotá: Editorial Universidad del Rosario; Schock, Kurt. 2005. Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press;Awarded Best Book of the Year by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association.


Schock, Kurt. 2015. “Rightful Radical Resistance: Mass Mobilization and Land Struggles in India and Brazil.” Mobilization 20(4): 493-515; Chenoweth, Erica and Kurt Schock. 2015. “Do Contemporaneous Armed Challenges Affect the Outcomes of Mass Nonviolent Campaigns?” Mobilization 20(4): 427-451; Schock, Kurt. 2013.  “The Practice and Study of Civil Resistance.” Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 277-290; Osa, Maryjane, and Kurt Schock. 2007. “A Long, Hard Slog: Political Opportunities, Social Networks and the Mobilization of Dissent in Non-Democracies.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change 27: 123-153; Jenkins, J. Craig, and Kurt Schock. 2003. “Political Process, International Dependence and Mass Political Conflict.” International Journal of Sociology 33 (Winter): 41-63; Schock, Kurt. 1999. “People Power and Political Opportunities: Social Movement Mobilization and Outcomes in the Philippines and Burma.” Social Problems 46, 3 (August): 355-375; Bond, Doug, J. Craig Jenkins, Charles L. Taylor, and Kurt Schock. 1997. “Mapping Mass Political Conflict and Civil Society: Issues and Prospects for the Automated Development of Event Data.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 41, 4 (August): 553-579; Schock, Kurt. 1996. “A Conjunctural Model of Political Conflict: The Impact of Political Opportunities on the Relationship between Economic Inequality and Violent Political Conflict." Journal of Conflict Resolution 40, 1 (March): 98-133; Jenkins, J. Craig and Kurt Schock. 1992. “Global Structures and Political Processes in the Study of Domestic Political Conflict.” Annual Review of Sociology 18: 161-185.


Schock, Kurt. 2019. “Asserting Land Rights: Rural Land Struggles in India and Brazil.” Pp. 54-78 in Social Movements, Nonviolent Strategies, and the State, ed. by Hank Johnston. London: Routledge; Schock, Kurt and Chares Demetriou. 2019. “Nonviolent and Violent Trajectories in Social Movements.” Pp. 338-353 in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (second edition), edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly McCammon. London: Wiley Blackwell; Schock, Kurt. 2017. “Gandhian Struggles for Land in India: The Bhoodan and Ekta Parishad Movements.” Pp. 208-229 in Nonviolence in Modern Indian History, ed. by David Hardiman. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan; Schock, Kurt. 2017. “Civil Disobedience and Direct Action in the Prevention of War.” Pp. 245-256 in Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals, ed. by William H. Wiist and Shelley K. White. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Schock, Kurt. 2015. “Rural Movements and Economic Policy.” Pp. 171-186 in Understanding Nonviolence: Contours & Contexts, ed. by Maia Carter Hallward & Julie M. Norman. Cambridge: Polity; Schock, Kurt. 2012. “Land Struggles in the Global South: Strategic Innovations in Brazil and India.” 221-244 in Strategies for Social Change, ed. by Gregory M. Maney, Rachel V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, Deana A. Rohlinger, and Jeff Goodwin, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; Schock, Kurt. 2007. “Insurreciones no Armadas y Democratización.” Pp. 47-63 in Poder Social: Algunas Posibilidades en Colombia, ed. by Freddy Cante. Bogotá, Colombia: Editorial Universidad del Rosario, 2007.