Bio (Kenneth Christie)
Professor and Program Head
Humanitarian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Kenneth Christie is the Program Head and a Professor in the Human Security and Peacebuilding graduate programs. Christie is a political scientist, author, editor and international academic who has taught and conducted research at universities in the U.S., Singapore, South Africa, Norway and Dubai. Working all over the world has given him a unique perspective on peace, development and human security. His work has focused on issues of human rights, security and democratization. He is widely published as an author and editor with eight books to his credit. His most recent book, America’s War on Terrorism: the Revival of the Nation State versus Universal Human Rights, was published in 2008. Today, he is working on issues of religion, ethnic and state formation/failure in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
Christie joined Royal Roads in 2009, after seven years working at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates where he was director of global studies and supervised the social science internship program. He is a senior associate member of St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore and universities in Sweden and Denmark. He has also conducted evaluations of human rights NGOs for the Norwegian government in Southeast Asia.
Christie holds a PhD in comparative politics and international relations from Florida State University, a master’s degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a BA with joint honours in politics and history from Strathclyde University in Scotland.