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.

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…

Introducing the US Crisis Monitor

Download a PDF Amid a rising tide of political polarization, violent hate crimes, and widespread social mobilization, the United States is at heightened risk of political violence and instability going into the 2020 election. This risk is further exacerbated by an economic contraction triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, which may now be poised for…

ACLED Expands Coverage to East Asia

30 June 2020: The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) has now expanded real-time coverage to East Asia. The new data span six countries — China, Taiwan,1 For more information on ACLED’s decision to code Taiwan as distinct from China, see this methodology brief. Japan, Mongolia, South Korea, and North Korea2Because of the…