Political Science PhD Alumni announced as 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar!

Congratulations to Dr. Kristi Kenyon (PhD UBC, BA UBC), who has been named as one of the fifteen early career researchers to receive the 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar appointment!

Kenyon is Assistant Professor at Global College, University of Winnipeg, where she teaches in the human rights program.



About Dr. Kristi Kenyon: 

“Kenyon’s research and teaching is informed and inspired by more than fifteen years working in, on and with civil society organisations in Southern Africa, South East Asia and Canada. Her current research focuses on the role that non-governmental organisations play in promoting, protecting and interpreting human rights. She has particular interests in understanding why groups choose to frame their advocacy claims as rights, what role rights-based advocacy plays in HIV advocacy, and how human rights are understood by activists in different social and political contexts. Alongside these interests she has a strong interest in participatory, experiential and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

Prior to joining the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Kenyon held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). She completed her PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia where she was a Trudeau, SSHRC and Liu Institute Scholar. She holds an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK) and a BA in Political Science (UBC). She has worked as a human rights practitioner with groups including the Amnesty International International Secretariat (London), the Asian Institute for Development Communication (Kuala Lumpur) and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (Gaborone), and has served on the board of local and international development organizations in Canada and Botswana.”

About CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars:

“The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars will join close to 400 of the world’s best researchers who are addressing some of the most interesting and important questions facing the world today. Each scholar will receive $100,000 in research support and become a part of one of CIFAR’s 12 research programs for two years. Scholars have the opportunity to be mentored by the world’s top researchers in their own area of research, and forge new collaborations with CIFAR fellows and other CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars.

The program also supports the extension of their research beyond the usual academic boundaries by facilitating opportunities to exchange ideas with leading knowledge users across sectors, including policy-makers, business leaders and practitioners who may benefit from engaging with these outstanding young researchers.

The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is enabled by the generous support of the Azrieli Foundation, which funds scientific and medical research, higher education, youth empowerment and school perseverance, Holocaust education, music and the arts, architecture, and quality of life initiatives for people with developmental disabilities.”

Visit the CIFAR website for more information and details on all the winners!