Dr. Cullen Hendrix (@cullenhendrix) is Director of the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy and Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and Senior Research Advisor at the Center for Climate & Security. With Idean Salehyan, he created and maintains the Social Conflict Analysis Database. He is also a regular contributor at Political Violence @ a Glance and a member of the Political Instability Task Force and Africa Board of Experts. He holds research appointments at the University of Texas at Austin and the Colorado School of Mines, and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Peace Research. At Korbel, he is the director of the Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA) certificate program.
Dr. Hendrix has broad interests in contentious politics, the political economy of development, and environmental politics. At the Korbel School, he leads the Environment, Food and Conflict (ENFOCO) Lab, which leverages collaborations between physical and social scientists and policymakers to produce scholarship and analysis on issues at the intersection of the environment, food security, and conflict. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in journals ranging from Nature, Nature Climate Change, Biological Reviews, Ecology and Society, and Global Environmental Change to the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of Peace Research, and his work has informed policy documents including the 2014 IPCC Report to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and the G7's A New Climate for Peace report. Dr. Hendrix has authored reports published by organizations including the Asian Development Bank and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to Oxfam America and the World Food Programme, among others.
His first co-authored book, Confronting the Curse: The Economics and Geopolitics of Natural Resource Governance, was published in 2014. A second co-edited book, Civil Action and the Dynamics of Violence, is in press at Oxford University Press.
His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program, the US Department of Defense Minerva Initiative, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation, and he was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo. He holds a PhD and MA from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a fellow of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and a BA from Kalamazoo College. Prior to joining the Korbel School, he held faculty positions at the College of William & Mary and the University of North Texas.