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As part of our mission to broadcast all scholarly analysis of peaceful-resistance initiatives the world over as widely as possible, we list here five varieties of key resource material. We intend to make this resource as comprehensive as possible and ask all pertinent organizations to inform us of their materials dealing with nonviolent direct action and research on civil resistance. This page is under construction, so please bear with us as we work toward our goal of offering the most comprehensive list of such resources available anywhere, one that will eventually include material in languages other than English. 

Key Websites

Links of key activist websites and others relevant to nonviolent direct action and civil resistance.

Key Literature

Freely accessible, high-quality digital literature on nonviolent direct action and civil resistance. Other relevant literature can be found in the “Research", "Journals“, Education,” and “Shared Syllabuses” sections of this website.


Academic journals relevant to nonviolent direct action and civil resistance.


Departments, centers, and institutions worldwide, inside and outside of academia, conducting research on nonviolent direct action and civil resistance and offering resource material for such research.


Providers of educational courses, programs, and learning exchanges on nonviolent direct action and civil resistance. We are compiling a complete list of such academic departments and centers and will post it later on. 

Shared Syllabuses

Syllabuses from past courses on themes relevant to nonviolent direct action and civil resistance, some of which include bibliographies, educational material, lecture descriptions, and other resources. We hope that this database will be of help to those seeking to develop courses.


Resistance related graduate school, research and course applications, calls for papers, employment, fellowships

Notes from the Frontline

Stories from visits to resistance movements around the world

Resistance Studies Talks and Interviews

Collected talks by and interviews of both academics and activists on various resistance topics, made at the UMass Amherst campus, or at other places where we go.