Christian is a Professor of Peace Studies, Political Science & Sociology at the Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, Director of the Illustrative Information Interface (III), the Radical Information Project (RIP) and Stop Our States (SOS) as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Primary research interests include political conflict (e.g., human rights violations, genocide/politicide, torture, political surveillance, civil war and social movements), measurement, racism and popular culture. He is the author of four books – two solo-authored: State Repression and the Promise of Democratic Peace (2007, Cambridge University Press series in Comparative Politics), and Media Bias, Perspective and State Repression: The Black Panther Party(2010, Cambridge University Press series in Contentious Politics) and two edited: Repression and Mobilizationwith Carol Mueller and Hank Johnston (University of Minnesota Press. 2004), and Paths to State Repression: Human Rights Violations and Contentious Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000). Prof. Davenport is the author of numerous articles appearing in the American Political Science Review, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution,Comparative Political Studies, and the Monthly Review (among others).