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Christopher Michael Faulkner

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

I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies at Centre College.

I completed my Ph.D. in the Security Studies Program in the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida in August 2019 and am a former Minerva-Jennings Randolph Peace and Security Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

My research areas include the determinants and dynamics of rebel groups' recruitment of child soldiers, civil-military relations and democratization, third party actors and civil war with specific focus on private military/security companies, and terrorism and counterterrorism effectiveness. My research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets such as African Security, Africa Spectrum, Civil Wars, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Democratization, Small Wars & Insurgencies, The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, 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


  • 2019
    Unwelcomed? The Effects of Statelessness on Involuntary Refugee Repatriation in Bangladesh and Myanmar, The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs
  • 2019
    Reassessing private military and security company (PMSC)‘competition ‘in civil war: lessons from Sierra Leone, Small Wars and Insurgencies
  • 2019
    Buying Peace? Civil War Peace Duration and Private Military & Security Companies, Civil Wars
  • 2019
    Funding, capabilities and the use of child soldiers, Third World Quarterly
  • 2019
    Rebel funding and child soldiers: Exploring the relationship between natural resources and forcible recruitment, European Journal of International Relations
  • 2018
    Give them toys? Military allocations and regime stability in transitional democracies, Democratization
  • 2017
    Mutiny in Côte d'Ivoire, Africa Spectrum
  • 2016
    Money and Control Rebel Groups and the Forcible Recruitment of Child Soldiers, African Security
  • 2014
    The Emergence of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Effectiveness of US Counterterrorism Efforts., Global Security Studies

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