Cynthia Anne Marie Boaz

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Dr. Cynthia Boaz is associate professor of political science at Sonoma State University [1] where she specializes in political development, quality of democracy, political communication and media, civil resistance, and nonviolent struggles. She has written extensively on the nonviolent democracy movements in Iran and Burma. She is also an analyst and consultant on nonviolent action and is a contributing writer with Truthout and the Huffington Post.


Boaz was previously on the faculty at the State University of New York at Brockport. [2] She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis. Her areas of expertise include nonviolent conflict and global nonviolent struggles, civil resistance, political development, quality of democracy,and political communication with an emphasis on media coverage of war. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Feminist Media Studies, Comparative Political Studies, and Sojourners Magazine. Boaz is an affiliated scholar at the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy MA Program in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies [3] in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, where she has taught courses on "Political Development and Democratization", "Violence and Human Rights", and "Education and Communication for a Peaceful Transformation of Conflicts". She serves on the academic advisory board for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, and is the former Rochester area coordinator for CODEPINK: Women for Peace. She is also on the board of directors of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education [4]in Berkeley, CA and of Project Censored at Sonoma State University. Boaz has contributed to many online news and commentary sites, including Truthout, Common Dreams, Campaign for America's Future, and the Huffington Post. She was the opening speaker at the 2009 annual conference of the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. [5]

Boaz has recently been published, referenced, or interviewed by various media about strategic nonviolent conflict, especially Burma's "Saffron Revolution" and Iran's "Green Revolution", including by Waging Nonviolence, the BBC Radio Newshour [6], Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)'s radio show "Counterspin" [7], BoomGenTV, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, KRCB Radio (North Bay), WHEC News 10 NBC (Rochester, NY affiliate), WXXI Radio Rochester (PBS/NPR affiliate), the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle [8], the Toronto Star [9], [10], [11], and The International Herald Tribune [12].

At Sonoma State University, Dr. Boaz is the faculty advisor to the Model United Nations organization, which received a "Distinguished Delegation" award at the 2011 National Model United Nations Conference [13] in New York City.

In January 2008, Michael Barker wrote a response to Boaz's recent Truthout article "Burma's Uprising: People Power, not Political Puppetry", to which Boaz responded.

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  1. Sonoma State University SSU Experts Guide: Cynthia Boaz, organizational website, accessed August 29, 2011
  2. State University of New York SUNY Brockport Students and Faculty Present at National Conference, organizational press release, April 21, 2006
  3. [1], UNESCO Chair of Philosophy MA Program in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies
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  6. [4] BBC Radio Newshour
  7. [5] "Counterspin"
  8. [6] Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
  9. [7] Toronto Star
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  12. [10] International Herald Tribune
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