Ted Robert Gurr is professor Emeritus of Government and Politics and formerly a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland where he founded and directed the Minorities at Risk Project, based at the University’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management, a project that he continues to advise. This project tracks and analyzes the status and conflicts of some 300 politically active communal groups throughout the world. The project has provided the basis for most of his recent publications including Minorities at Risk (U.S. Institute of Peace Press 1993), and Ethnic Conflict in World Politics (Westview Press 1994, with Barbara Harff). The project’s results have been reported in these books and numerous articles and chapters, most recently in Peoples Versus States: Minorities at Risk in the New Century (U.S. Institute of Peace Press 2000).
Dr. Gurr has held several positions advising policymakers, first as a staff member of the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, established by President Johnson In 1968, and most recently from 1994-2000 as Senior Consultant to the State Failure Task Force, a White House-sponsored study of the precursors of internal wars and regime breakdowns since 1955.
Dr. Gurr is a graduate of Reed College (1957) and New York University (1965). Before joining the University of Maryland faculty, he taught at Princeton University, Northwestern University (serving as department chair in 1977-80), and the University of Colorado. He has written or edited twenty books and monographs including the award-winning Why Men Rebel (Princeton University 1970), Violence in America (Sage Publications 1969, 1979, 1989, with Hugh Davis Graham), The Politics of Crime and Conflict (Sage Publications 1977), and The State and the City(University Of Chicago Press 1987, with Desmond S. King).
In 1993-94 Professor Gurr was president of the International Studies Association and in 1996-97 he held the Swedish government’s Olof Palme Visiting Professorship at the University of Uppsala. He has held a fellowship at the Interdisciplinary Program of Research on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations (PIOOM) of the University of Leiden, Netherlands. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a 1988-89 appointment as a Peace Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Peace and a major recent grant from the Carnegie Corporation that supports ongoing work of the MAR project on self-determination movements. In October 2002 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria.