Profile: Kurt Schock

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, The International Institute for Peace

Faculty
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

 

 

Research Interests

Civil resistance, social movements, and political sociology.

  • Courses Taught

    Civil Resistance (honors)

    Political Sociology

    Social Movements

    Social Movements and Globalization (graduate)

    Social Research I

    Social Research II

    Sociology of Peace & Conflict

    Strategic Nonviolent Conflict (graduate)

  • Education

    Ph.D., Sociology, The Ohio State University,1995

  • Publications

    (Selected Publications)

    Books

    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, Colombia: 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.

    Articles

    Chenoweth, Erica and Kurt Schock (2015). “Do Contemporaneous Armed Challenges Affect the Outcomes of Mass Nonviolent Campaigns?” Mobilization 20(4): 427-451.

    Schock, Kurt (2015). “Rightful Radical Resistance: Mass Mobilization and Land Struggles in India and Brazil.” Mobilization 20(4): 493-515.

    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.” PS: 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.

    Chapters

    Schock, Kurt (2015). “Rural Movements and Economic Policy.” Chapter 9 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.” Chapter 10 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 (3rd edition), 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.

    Encyclopedia entries

    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.

  • Research Initiatives

     

    Professor Schock is currently researching land rights movements in the global south. He is examining how civil resistance is being used to prevent land alienation and promote a more equitable distribution of land and resources.  More broadly his research seeks to understand how methods of nonviolent action and 'people power' movements are able to successfully challenge state domination and economic exploitation.