Gene Sharp "is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution and founded the Institution in 1983.
"He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Ohio State University and a D.Phil. in political theory from Oxford University. He is also Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. For nearly thirty years he held a research appointment at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs.
"He is the author of various books, including The Politics of Nonviolent Action (1973), Gandhi as a Political Strategist (1979), Social Power and Political Freedom (1980), Making Europe Unconquerable (1985), Civilian-Based Defense (1990), and From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993, 2002, and 2003). His most recent book is Waging Nonviolent Struggle: Twentieth Century Practice and Twenty-First Century Potential. His writings have been published in more than thirty languages." 
In 1983 he founded the Program on Nonviolent Sanctions in Conflict and Defense at Harvard University.
Criticism of Sharp from the Left
- Brian Martin, "Review of Gene Sharp, Making Europe Unconquerable", in Social Anarchism, No. 12, pp. 54-56 (1986-1987).
- George Ciccariello-Maher, "Einstein Turns in His Grave: AEI and Venezuela", CounterPunch, April 16, 2008. (Includes email from Gene to George.)
- George Cicariello-Maher, "The Albert Einstein Institute and Venezuela", Venezuelanalysis, May 5, 2008.
- Michael Barker, "Activist Education at the Albert Einstein Institution: A Critical Examination of Elite Cooption of Civil Disobedience," (pdf) Refereed paper presented to Activating Human Rights and Peace: Universal Responsibility 2008.
- Michael Barker, "Sharp Reflection Warranted: Nonviolence in the Service of Imperialism", Swans, June 30, 2008.
- Stephen Gowans, "Overthrow Inc.: Peter Ackerman’s quest to do what the CIA used to so, and make it seem progressive", What's Left, August 6, 2009.
- Michael Barker, "From Sharp to Lovins; Elite Reform as Social Change," Swans Commentary, July 26, 2010.
- Stephen Gowans, "Is Gene Sharp Superhuman?", What’s Left, February 16, 2011.
- Open Letter in Support of Gene Sharp and Strategic Nonviolent Action
- Adam Roberts
- David Riesman wrote the foreword to Sharp's Exploring Nonviolent Alternatives (1970).
- THE POLITICS OF NONVIOLENT ACTION and the spread of ideas about civil resistance, accessed May 21, 2010.