Christopher Michael Faulkner

Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies; 2018-2019 Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholar, Centre College

I recently completed my Ph.D. in the Security Studies Program in the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida and am a former Minerva-Jennings Randolph Peace and Security Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). I will join the faculty at Centre College beginning August 2019 as a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies.

My dissertation research examines the determinants and dynamics of rebel groups' recruitment of child soldiers as well as the consequences for states that employ children in their national military or paramilitary units. In my research I utilize a mixed-methods approach including case-studies, semi-structured interviews, and statistical modeling. 

In addition to my research on child soldiering and civilian victimization in conflict, my research investigates private military/security companies and civil war, terrorism and counterterrorism effectiveness, and civil-military relations/democratization. To date, my research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets such as African Security, Africa Spectrum, Civil Wars, Democratization, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Third World Quarterly, and the European Journal of International Relations.

I hold a BA (2008) in Political Science, a MPA with a concentration on public management (2010), a MA and Graduate Certificate in International Conflict Management and Resolution with a focus on International Security (2013) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence and National Security (2018) from the University of Central Florida. 


  • 2019–present
    Visiting assistant professor, Centre College
  • 2018–2019
    Peace and Security Scholar, United States Institute of Peace
  • 2016–2018
    Graduate Teaching Associate, University of Central Florida
  • 2014–2016
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Central Florida
  • 2011–2014
    Adjunct faculty, University of North Carolina Wilmington


  • 2019 
    University of Central Florida, PhD - Security Studies
  • 2018 
    University of Central Florida, Graduate Certificate - Intelligence and National Security
  • 2013 
    University of North Carolina Wilmington, MA - Conflict Management and Resolution - National and International Security
  • 2010 
    University of North Carolina Wilmington, MPA - concentration in Public Management
  • 2008 
    University of North Carolina Wilmington, BA - Political Science

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Minerva Research Initiative - United States Institute of Peace Dissertation Fellowship
    Peace and Security Scholar
    Funding Source:
    U.S. Department of Defense; United States Institute of Peace