Sam is the Senior Communications Manager at ACLED. He oversees the organization's strategic communications, public outreach, and user engagement. Sam earned his BA in Political Theory from Franklin & Marshall College and his MA in Ethics, Peace, and Human Rights from American University's School of International Service. His research centers on political violence and protest movements, and he previously worked to document human rights violations in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

ACLED 2020: The Year in Review

ACLED’s 2020 annual report reviews the past year of data on political violence and demonstration activity around the world. Access the full report as well as an executive summary of key findings below. Download Report Executive Summary One year since the official start of the pandemic in March 2020, COVID-19 has killed more than two million…

Introducing ACLED-Religion: A New Pilot Project Tracking Religious Repression and Disorder

Download a PDF We are pleased to announce the launch of ACLED-Religion, our new pilot project collecting real-time data on religious repression and disorder across seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Religion can be used to legitimize political institutions, mobilize social movements, and drive support for armed conflicts. This is true across…

The Future of ‘Stop the Steal’: Post-Election Trajectories for Right-Wing Mobilization in the US

Reviewing new ACLED data for the past seven months of political violence and demonstration activity across the US, this report analyzes key trends in right-wing mobilization and the potential for violence in the post-election period. Access data directly through the US Crisis Monitor. Definitions and methodology decisions are explained in the US Crisis Monitor FAQs and the…

Demonstrations & Political Violence in America: New Data for Summer 2020

The US Crisis Monitor is now updated with supplemental data extending coverage back to the week of George Floyd’s killing in May. For a summary of key findings, read the announcement here. Definitions and methodology decisions are explained in the US Crisis Monitor FAQs and the US methodology brief. For more information, please check the full ACLED…