What is the relationship between social inequality and violence? For instance, how is violence used to create and preserve structural inequalities? How and under what conditions have people wielded violence to combat and erode these inequalities? This course will rely upon a multidisciplinary body of literature from political science, history, sociology, psychology, economics, and empirical cases from both the U.S. and around the world to explore these questions. Students will consider the ethical and practical implications of the works reviewed for real-world policy debates.