Welcome! I recently joined the faculty at Centre College as a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies. In August 2019 I graduated with my PhD in Security Studies from the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairswebsite-photo at the University of Central Florida. During the 2018-2019 academic year I was selected as a Minerva-Jennings Randolph Peace and Security Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).

My 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. I examine rebel groups across the the globe with specific attention given to a number of African rebel groups as well as Kurdish militants in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

In addition to my research on child soldiering and civilian victimization in conflict, my interests include private military/security companies (PMSCs) 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. 


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Christopher Faulkner
Crounse Hall – room 436
Department of International Studies
Centre College
600 W Walnut St
Danville, KY 40422

Centre College Contact
Email: christopher [dot] faulkner [at] centre [dot] edu

UCF Contact
Email: faulknerc [at] knights [dot] ucf [dot] edu

Twitter: @C_Faulkner_UCF