Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in International Studies at Centre College where I instruct courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, National and International Security, African politics, and Global Health. In August 2019 I earned my Ph.D. 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).

I have several research interests, but my primary area of 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 often utilize a mixed-methods approach including statistical modeling, case-studies, and semi-structured interviews. In my dissertation research and several follow-up projects I examine rebel group behavior across a global sample of violent non-state armed groups with specific attention given to a number of distinct rebel groups operating within sub-Saharan Africa as well as Kurdish militants in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.

In addition to my research on child soldiering and civilian victimization in conflict, my ongoing research projects include addressing questions on rebel financing and conflict dynamics  private military/security companies (PMSCs) and civil war, civil-military relations and prospects for democratization or democratic backsliding, and terrorism and counterterrorism effectiveness. To date, my research has been published or is forthcoming in outlets such as African Security, Africa Spectrum, Civil Wars, Conflict Management and Peace Science, the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Democratization, Small Wars & Insurgencies, Third World Quarterly, and the European Journal of International Relations. I also aim to contribute to several academic/policy outlets such as The Conversation, Duck of Minerva, and Political Violence at a Glance.

I hold a B.A. (2008) in Political Science, MPA with a concentration on public management (2010), M.A. 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. 


Contact Information

Christopher Faulkner
Crounse Hall – room 436
International Studies Program
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