Email: tgurr at cidcm•umd•edu
- Ph.D., New York University, 1965
- B.A., Reed College, 1957
Comparative Politics, Conflict Analysis, Ethnicity, Theory of the State. Research
interests include a global study of minorities' rights and involvement in conflict,
the dynamics of the growth of the state in western societies since 1800, and
the sources and consequences of coercion by the state.
- Civil Conflict Theory and Research (1999)
- Comparative Analysis of Ethnopolitical Conflict (2000)
Ted Robert Gurr has a BA in social psychology from Reed College (1957) and
a Ph.D. in government and international relations from New York University (1965).
He has written ten single-authored and coauthored books and has edited or coedited
ten others, including Why Men Rebel (Princeton University Press), which won the
Woodrow Wilson Prize as the best US book in political science of 1970, and The
Politics of Crime and Conflict: A Comparative History of Four Cities (Sage Publications,
1977). His writings on ethnopolitics include Minorities at Risk: A Global View
of Ethnopolitical Conflict (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 1993) and Early Warning
of Communal Conflicts and Genocide: Linking Empirical Resarch to International
Responses (United Nations University Press, 1996, with Barbara Harff). His most
recent books on this topic are Preventive Measures: Building Risk Assessment
and Crisis Early Warning Systems, (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998, co-edited
with John L. Davies) and Peoples versus States: Minorities at Risk in the New
Century (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2000).
In 1993-94 Professor Gurr was president of the International Studies Association,
representing 3000 members from more than 60 countries. Since 1994 he has been
a senior consultant on the White House-initiated State Failure Task Force and
a member of the steering committee of the Conflict Early Warning Systems Research
Program of the International Social Science Council (UNESCO). He is founder and
director of the Minorities at Risk project, based at Maryland's Center for International
Development and Conflict Management, which tracks and analyzes the status and
conflicts of some 300 politically active communal groups throughout the world.
Professor Gurr taught at Princeton University (1967-69), Northwestern University
(1970-84; department chair,1977-80), and the University of Colorado (1985-89)
before joining the University of Maryland faculty in 1989. He was designated
Distinguished University Professor in 1995. He has held a Ford Foundation faculty
fellowship (1970), a Guggenheim fellowship (1972-73), a German Marshall Fund
senior fellowship (1976), and a Fulbright senior fellowship (1981). In 1988-89
he was a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. In 1996-97 he
held the Swedish government's Olof Palme Visiting Professorship at the University
of Uppsala's Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
For a more detailed biography of Professor Gurr, and comprehensive information on the Minorities at Risk project, see http://www.cidcm.umd.edu/mar/