Christian Davenport

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Davenport, Christian


  • Affiliation(s)
    • Center for Political Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Comparative Politics
    • World Politics
  • About

         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 four books; two solo-authored: State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press), and 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, 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., 6 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). 
        Prof. Davenport recently finished one book, "To Kill a Movement: Mobilization, Repression and Demobilization" (currently under review at Cambridge University Press). Others are underway: Toward Never (Again): Ending Genocide or At Least Trying To; In Search of a Number: Rethinking Rwanda, 1994 (with Allan Stam); and, Understanding Untouchability (with numerous authors). He is also engaged in various projects concerning state-dissident interactions in the United States and Northern Ireland as well as launching his new data entry program – the Illustrative Information Interface or III (

  • Education
    • Binghamton University, Ph.D. (Political Science)
    • Binghamton University, Master of Arts (Political Science)
    • Clark University, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science)