Cullen Hendrix

Cullen Hendrix

Professor; Director, Global Environment and Sustainability

Director of Korbel Sustainability Initiative, Nonresident Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics

What I do

I am 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.

Specialization(s)

Environmental Studies; International Security Studies;<br>International Trade, Finance and Development;<br>Peace Studies

Professional Biography

Dr. Cullen Hendrix (@cullenhendrix) is Professor and Director of Sustainability Initiatives 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. He is also a member of the Political Instability Task Force and Africa Board of Experts for LEIDOS. 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 the Korbel School, he is the director of the Global Environmental Change and Adaptation (GECA) certificate program. Currently, he is the coordinating investigator of the Rigor, Relevance, and Responsibility Program, a Carnegie Corporation-funded project that makes ethical considerations an integral part of policy-relevant research and engagement so that future generations of academics can engage in the policy world with confidence and clarity. With Idean Salehyan, he created and maintains the Social Conflict Analysis Database.

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 in journals ranging from Nature, Nature Climate Change, Biological Reviews, Ecology and Society, Marine Policy and Global Environmental Change to the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution and Journal of Peace Research. Dr. Hendrix has authored reports published by or consulted for organizations including the Asian Development Bank, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Oxfam America, the National Intelligence Council, 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, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.

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.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, San Diego, 2008
  • MA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego, 2003
  • BA, Political Science, Kalamazoo College, 2000