Jonathan Pinckney

Researcher Studying Nonviolent Resistance, Democratization, and Political Violence


I am a PhD candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics and a research fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, where I supervise the Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) and have previously supervised the Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 3.0 data project.  My research generally centers on extra-institutional political contention in non-democracies, with a particular focus on nonviolent civil resistance.  I employ various mixed methods, however most of my work focuses on large-n statistical analysis 

My dissertation examines political transitions following successful nonviolent movements, seeking to explain the factors that lead from the nonviolent overthrow of an authoritarian regime to democratization.

I received my BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, graduating summa cum laude with special honors, and was a 2012 recipient of the Korbel School's Sie Fellowship and a 2016 recipient of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict's PhD fellowship. Prior to entering graduate school I worked for study abroad programs in Egypt and India and helped found BIRDS International, an NGO addressing issues of rural poverty in South India.  I currently live in Denver with my partner and enjoy road biking, camping, and mountain climbing.