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Ted Robert Gurr, Doctor Honoris Causa of Sofia University - In Memoriam

A renown scholar in the field of conflict analysis, communal identities, violence and terrorism, an exceptional person and a precious friend of Bulgaria, Prof. Ted Robert Gurr, passed away in late 2017 at the age of 81. Distinguished University of Maryland Professor Emeritus, Prof. Ted Robert Gurr is the author of the award-winning books, Why Men Rebel (Princeton, 1970, 40th anniversary edition 2010); and Violence In America (Bantam Books, and Praeger, 1969; Sage Publications, 1979 and 1989 eds.). He is the Founder and consultant to the Minorities at Risk project (1985), and the Polity project (late 1960s); and Collaborator on the START project Turning to Terrorism: Ethnic, Religious and Extremist Organizations.

Prof. Ted Robert Gurr has respectable contributions to the curriculum development of the MA Program in International Relations and Security Studies at the Department of Political Science of Sofia University. He has two books published in Bulgarian language. Peoples Versus States: Minorities at Risk in the New Century (U.S. Institute of Peace Press, 2000) came out in 2002. Funds provided the US Embassy Culture and Education Program in Sofia. Ethnic Conflict in World Politics, co-authored with Prof. Barbara Harff (Westview Press, 2004) was published in Bulgarian in 2004, with World Bank funds provided through the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, and administered through the Political Science Department at the University of Sofia.


Prof. Ted Robert Gurr is recipient of the Distinguished title, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Sofia (2002).

Bulgarian community of scholars, journalists and applied research criminologists express their deep grief at the loss of Prof. Gurr and high respect to his professional legacy.