Protest, Activism, and Organizing

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How can citizens use protest, activism, and organizing to effectively—and safely—make their voices heard, hold leaders accountable, and make real change happen? As protesters across the country continue to demand an end to racial injustice and police violence, as the coronavirus pandemic persistsand as the United States heads into one of the most contentious and high-stakes presidential elections in recent history, join the SNF Agora Institute and Johns Hopkins SAIS for a conversation on how, amid multiple crises, people can come together to navigate this historic moment.



  • Kanisha Bond is an assistant professor of political science at Binghamton University. Her research focuses on internal conflict, contentious politics, and social movement organizational behavior. She is particularly interested in how gender, race, and ideology influenceindividual mobilization into political action, how social movement organizations recruit and manage their membership, and the impact of these internal processes on inter-group collaboration.
  • Filipe Campante is thevice dean for education and academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, andthe Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins. He is interested in political economy, development economics, and urban/regional issues. His research looks at what constrains politicians and policy makers beyond formal checks and balances, including cultural norms, institutions, media, and political protest. 
  • Erica Chenoweth is the Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. She studies political violence and its alternatives. She is author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know (2021), which explores what civil resistance is, how it works, why it sometimes fails, how violence and repression affect it, and the long-term impacts of such resistance.  

The panel will be moderated by Hahrie Han, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins and director of the SNF Agora Institute.