Distinguished Professor of Government and Politics
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). 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 written ten single-authored and coauthored books and has edited or coedited ten others, including Why Men Rebel (Princeton University Press), and The Politics of Crime and Conflict: A Comparative History of Four Cities (Sage Publications, 1977). 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 Political Stability Task Force and is now the convener of the international Genocide Prevention Advisory Network. He founded and continues to consult with 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.
- New York University, Ph.D., Government and International Relations
- Reed College, B.A., Social Psychology