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Professor Schock’s research interests are peace 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 top journals in the areas of social movements, such as Mobilization, and peace studies, such as Journal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of Peace Research; and contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the political dynamics of land rights movements in India and Brazil.
Professor Schock was elected to three consecutive two-year terms as Convener of the Nonviolence Commission of the International Peace Research Association, and appointed as a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the University of Queensland. He currently directs the Rutgers University International Institute for Peace and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Resistance Studies. He has given invited presentations at numerous venues, including the Seventh Annual Kapur Endowment Lecture at Michigan State University; the Harriman Institute, School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University; Office of International Programs, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University; the Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Stanford Summer Fellows Program on Democracy and Development, Stanford Institute for International Studies, Stanford University; and the first annual Mobilization Conference, San Diego State University. He has given invited presentations abroad at Melbourne Institute of Technology and University of Queensland (Australia), Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), Freie University (Germany), Collegium Civitas and University of Warsaw (Poland), and University of Belgrade (Serbia).
Professor Schock teaches graduate courses on Strategic Nonviolent Conflict and Social Movements and Globalization, and undergraduate courses on Civil Resistance (Honors College), Civil Resistance & Social Justice (Honors Living Learning College), Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Research I, and Social Research II.
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. 2003. “Nonviolent Action and Its Misconceptions: Insights for Social Scientists.” Political Science and Politics 36, 4 (October): 705-712.
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. 2011. “People Power and Alternative Politics.” Pp. 202-219 in Politics in the Developing World (3rdedition), ed. by Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall, and Lise Rakner. London: Oxford University Press.
Schock, Kurt. 2009. “Defending and Reclaiming the Commons through Nonviolent Struggle.” Pp. 183-201. Nonviolent Alternatives for Social Change, ed. by Ralph Summy. In the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Oxford: Eolss Publishers.
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.
Schock, Kurt. 2016. “Social Movements, Nonviolent.” In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, ed. by John Stone, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, and Xiaoshuo Hou. London: Wiley Blackwell.
Schock, Kurt. 2014. “Social Movements, Nonviolent.” In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology (2nd ed.), ed. by George Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Schock, Kurt. 2013. “Anti-Colonial Movements.” Pp. 66-70 in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, ed. by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. London: Wiley Blackwell.
Schock, Kurt. 2013. “Nonviolence / Nonviolent Action.” Pp. 857-863 in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, ed. by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Schock, Kurt. 2010. “Nonviolent Action, Methods.” Pp. 173-177 in The International Encyclopedia of Peace, ed. by Nigel Young. London: Oxford University Press.
Schock, Kurt. 2010. “Social Movements, Nonviolent.” In The Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. by George Ritzer and J. Michael Ryan. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.