Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan as well as a Faculty Associate at the Center for Political Studies. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements), measurement, racism and popular culture. He is the author of five books; three solo-authored: How Social Movements Die: Repression and Demobilization of the Republic of New Africa (2015, Cambridge University Press), Media Bias, Perspective and State Repression: The Black Panther Party (2010, Cambridge University Press) – winner of Best Book in Racial Politics and Social Movements by the American Political Science Association, and State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press); and, two edited: Repression and Mobilization with Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston (University of Minnesota Press. 2004), and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Prof. Davenport is the author of numerous articles appearing in the American Political Science Review, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Political Studies, and the Monthly Review (among others). He is the recipient of numerous grants (e.g., 10 from the National Science Foundation) and awards (e.g., the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar Award and a Residential Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences – Stanford University). Numerous books are on the way: The Peace Continuum: What it is and How to Study it (with Erik Melander and Patrick Regan), Stopping State Repression (with Benjamin Appel), In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam) and Pop Struggle: Repression and Dissent in Film, Comics and Graphic Novels. He is also engaged in various data collection efforts, developing crowd-sourcing data collection programs and co-organizing workshops/conferences/webportals facilitating the development of conflict/peace studies. For more information, please refer to the following webpage: www.christiandavenport.com.
Prof. Kathy Powers is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico. She is interested in the nature of institutional authority as well as institutional change and effects. Much of her present research focuses on the design of international institutions and law with respect to human rights, restorative justice, trade and war. Specifically she examines the institutional and legal determinants of transitional justice in the form of global reparations efforts following mass human rights violations, the international legal personality of international organizations and how regional economic institutions that transform into military organizations impact war. Prof. Powers has published her research in diverse venues such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Foreign Policy Analysis and the Review of International Studies. The National Science Foundation has supported her research on numerous occasions. She was recently awarded multiple fellowships to conduct research for the book she is writing, Making Amends: The Institutional and Legal Landscape of Global Reparations, while in residency at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, D.C. Prof. Powers holds appointments in the UNM School of Law, Program of Africana Studies, and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Center as well as in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. For more visit: https://polisci.unm.edu/people/faculty-profiles/kathy-l.-powers.html.