Schock, Kurt

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.

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications


  • Book: Civil Resistance Today. (Cambridge: Polity, 2015).
  • Book: Civil Resistance: Comparative Perspectives on Nonviolent Struggle. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015).
  • Chapter in edited volume: “Social Movements, Nonviolent.”  In The Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, ed. by John Stone, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly S. Rizova, Anthony Smith, & Xiaoshuo Hou. (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015)
  • Chapter in edited volume: “Rural Movements.” Chapter 9 in Understanding Nonviolence: Contours and Contexts, ed. by Maia Carter Hallward & Julie M. Norman. (Cambridge: Polity, 2014)
  • Chapter in edited volume: “Nonviolence/Nonviolent Action,” in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
  • Article: “The Practice and Study of Civil Resistance.” The Journal of Peace Research Vol. 50 (2013).
  • Chapter in edited volume: “Anti-Colonial Movements,” in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds. D. A. Snow, D. Della Porta, B. Klandermans, & D. McAdam (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
  • Chapter in edited volume: “Land Struggles in the Global South: Strategic Innovations in Brazil and India,” in Strategies for Social Change, eds. G. M. Maney, R. V. Kutz-Flamenbaum, D. R. Rohlinger, and J. Goodwin (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2012).
Faculty Type: 
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
English, Portuguese
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs
Ph.D., Ohio State University
(973) 353-5343
Office Location: 
Hill Hall, Room 605
Areas of Specialization: 
Civil resistance, social movements and political sociology

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