Associate Professor in International Relations & Assistant Dean of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand

Dr David J Hornsby is a is an Associate Professor in International Relations and Assistant Dean of Humanities (Teaching and Learning), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Hailing from Canada, David read for his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK and holds an honorary appointment in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London. David’s research interests pertain to the politics of science and risk in international governance, Canadian foreign policy in Sub-Saharan Africa, middle power cooperation, and pedagogy in higher education. David has published in both the biological and social sciences, and is a recognized teacher having been awarded the 2013 Faculty of Humanities Teaching and Learning Award and the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award (Individual) at Wits University. David sits on the Boards of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Active Learning in Higher Education and The European Journal of Risk Regulation. He has three books currently out including Large Class Pedagogy: Interdisciplinary Perspectives for Quality Higher Education (SUN Press: 2013); Risk Regulation, Science, and Interests in Transatlantic Trade Conflicts (Palgrave: 2014); and Universities, the Citizen Scholar, and the Future of Higher Education (Palgrave: 2016). In 2016 David was elected to the Governing Council of the International Studies Association as a member-at-large.


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    Dr of Politics and International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand