Shaazka Beyerle is a senior research advisor for USIP's Program on Nonviolent Action. She is a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action. She was a 2017 Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and is a senior advisor at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. She is the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice. In addition to her work at USIP, she was named a senior fellow at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University in April 2020. From December 2015 to June 2017, she was the lead researcher for a World Bank-Nordic Trust Fund project and co-author of the subsequent report, Citizens as Drivers of Change: Practicing Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability.
In 2016, she was a visiting professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She testified at a U.S. Congress Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe hearing on combating corruption in the OSCE region, and served as an elected coordinating committee member for the UN Convention Against Corruption Civil Society Coalition from 2013-2016. She publishes frequently, including on the synergies between nonviolent action and international pressure to curb corruption and violence, corruption and extremism, and corruption and violent conflict. Ms. Beyerle speaks frequently at conferences, workshops and webinars, such as Geneva Peace Week, International Studies Association, PeaceCon and the World Bank Fragility Forum. She earned an M.A. in international relations from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.