The Balsillie School of International Affairs

The Balsillie School of International Affairs

August 19, 2009 15:36 ET

Balsillie School Appoints Five New Distinguished Professors

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2009) - Dr. Ramesh Thakur, director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, recently announced the appointment of five new faculty members who will fill new academic chairs at the school.

The new chairs are: William Coleman, CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy; Paul Freston, CIGI Chair of Religion and Politics in Global Context; Kathryn Hochstetler, CIGI Chair of Governance in the Americas; Sue Horton, CIGI Chair in Global Health Economics, and David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security. All took up their appointments on July 1, 2009.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome these distinguished faculty members," says Dr. Thakur. "As the school continues to move forward, we are fortunate to be guided by such talented individuals."

Dr. Coleman is currently preparing a manuscript on key globalization thinkers and participating in a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project on perceptions of risk of HIV/AIDS for recent immigrants to Canada. He was the founding director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. During his academic career, he has received several distinguished honours, including being named a Fellow/Laureat by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation in 2007.

A sociologist with a background in classical theory and qualitative research methods, Dr. Freston was a distinguished senior fellow and director of the program for studies of religion in Latin America at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Texas. During his academic career, he has directed several international research teams.

Dr. Hochstetler's current research embraces two main topics: One project examines the role of protest and civil society organizations in current South American politics, while her other project focuses on Brazilian development choices in the 21st century with special attention to the roles of regionalism, sustainable development and public finance. Her publication, titled Greening Brazil, won the 2009 Lynton Caldwell Prize for the Best Book in Environmental Politics from the American Political Science Association. She received the 2008-2009 Distinguished Graduate Award from the University of Minnesota's department of political science.

Dr. Horton, who is the University of Waterloo's new associate provost of graduate studies, is the former vice-president academic of Wilfrid Laurier University. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard universities, she specializes in health, nutrition and labour market issues in developing countries. She has worked in more than 20 developing countries, and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, several UN agencies, the International Development Research Centre, as well as others. She is currently working on a book on the economics of public health, as well as articles and chapters on economics of nutrition.

A prolific author, Dr. Welch is currently completing a book on the Vietnam War and will subsequently begin a major project on security theory. His book, Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change, was the inaugural winner of the International Studies Association ISSS Book Award for the best book published in 2005 or 2006. His 1993 book, Justice and the Genesis of War, won the 1994 Edgar S. Furniss Award for Outstanding Contribution to National Security Studies. In the last two years, he has received three major teaching awards.

CIGI Chairs are expected to teach in the Balsillie School's three graduate programs (PhD in Global Governance, MA in Global Governance, and MA in International Public Policy), undertake research in their respective fields, and supervise graduate students. As the Balsillie School is a new endeavour, the CIGI Chairs are also expected to take an active role in enhancing the programs and international profile of the school, as well as The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Five other designated chairs already exist: Jennifer Clapp, CIGI Chair in Global Environmental Governance; Jorge Heine, CIGI Chair of Global Governance; Eric Helleiner, CIGI Chair in International Political Economy; Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems; and Maurice Kugler, CIGI Chair in International Public Policy. The Balsillie School will be home to a total of 18 endowed chairs.

The Balsillie School of International Affairs was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion, and is a collaborative partnership among CIGI, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. The Balsillie School is part of the recently established Balsillie Centre of Excellence, which will house academic programs in partnership with local and national universities.

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The Balsillie School of International Affairs is an independent academic institution devoted to the study of international affairs and global governance. The school will assemble a critical mass of extraordinary experts to understand, explain and shape the ideas that will create effective global governance. Through its graduate programs, the school will cultivate an interdisciplinary learning environment that develops knowledge of international issues from the core disciplines of political science, economics, history, and environmental studies and other related disciplines. The Balsillie School was founded in 2007 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), and is a collaborative partnership among CIGI, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. For more information about the Balsillie School of International Affairs, please go to:

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