Jonathan Pinckney

Researcher Studying Nonviolent Resistance, Democratization, and Political Violence



I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology,  where I work on the Anatomy of Resistance Campaigns project, and an external associate at the Peace Research Institution of Oslo (PRIO). I have previously worked as a research fellow at the Sie Cheou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, where I supervised data collection for the Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) and the Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO) 3.0 data project

I research extra-institutional political contention in non-democracies, with a particular focus on nonviolent civil resistance. I employ mixed methods, however most of my work uses large-n statistical analysis 

My current book project 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 PhD in International Relations from the University of Denver in March 2018, my MA also from the University of Denver in 2014, and my BA in International Affairs from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts in 2008. I 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 Trondheim, Norway and enjoy road biking, camping, and mountain climbing.