I am a political scientist interested in issues related to security, conflict, and governance. My research and teaching span international relations and comparative politics with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and South Asia. Currently, I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Previously, I was a research fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. I received my Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and my B.A. from Middlebury College.
As a researcher, I employ quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the range of contentious politics from nonviolent protest to international armed conflict. My book manuscript, Strategies of Violence and Nonviolence in Revolutionary Movements, investigates variation in the strategic behavior of groups seeking to capture state power. Findings from my research were featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Big Ideas"radio program. Previous work has been published in Small Wars and Insurgencies, the Journal of Public and International Affairs, andal-Naklah, and has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Program on Negotiation, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Bradley Foundation.
I have taught courses in international relations, comparative politics, research methods, political economy, and social movements at Tufts University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My fall 2012 course in international relations was recognized by the UAF College of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching. Over the past year, I have been working with three undergraduate students at Tufts on a collaborative research project examining the relationship between elections and violent and nonviolent political action.
Prior to entering academia, I worked as a foreign and defense policy aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, a legislative assistant in the Vermont State Senate, and a public affairs intern at the U.S. Embassy in Doha, Qatar. In my free time, I enjoy cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.
Ches Thurber Department of Political Science University of Chicago 5828 S. University Ave. Chicago, IL 60637 firstname.lastname@example.org