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Dr. Christopher Leskiw
Associate Professor of Political Science


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Dr. Christopher Leskiw attended Niagara University and earned a B.A. in Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, in 1997. He attended Vanderbilt University where he was awarded an M.A. in Political Science, followed by a Ph.D. in Political Science in 2002.

Since joining the UC faculty in 2004, he was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award in 2008, The William T. Miles Community Service Award in 2008, and was the “Honored Professor 2007-2008” as selected by the Student Government Organization.

His research interests focus on American Foreign policy as well as the role of culture in politics and decision making.

Courses Taught

• American Foreign Policy
• Introduction to International Relations
• Introduction to Political Science
• International Law
• International Organizations
• Law and Legal Education
• Model United Nations
• Developing Democracies
• Comparative Government
• Modern Political Ideologies
• American National Government (online)
• Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
• Foreign Policy Decision Making (grad. online)
• Methods and Materials of Social Studies

Conference Presentations

Panel Discussant: Comparative Paper Panel at the Kentucky Political Science Association 48th Annual Meeting March 6th & 7th 2009. University of Louisville

“When Friends are Foes: Alliance Behavior and Interstate War,” (with John Vasquez and Paul Senese), presented at the Annual International Studies Association Convention, March 17-22, 2004, Montreal, Canada.

“Building Bridges: Intergovernmental Organizations and the Development of Interstate Rivalry,” (with Brandon Valeriano) presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 27-September 1, 2003, Philadelphia, PA.

“International Organizations and Interstate Conflict,” presented at the Annual International Studies Association Convention, March 24-27, 2002, New Orleans, LA

“The Weight of Issues: Revisionist Claims and International Conflict,” presented at the annual Peace Science Society (International) Meeting, October 26-28, 2001. Emory University, Georgia

“Shadows of the Past: Construction of an Index that Measures Escalation of Intensity Between Recurrent Disputes,” Presented at the International Studies Association 2000 Convention, March 14-18, Los Angeles, California

“IGO Membership as an Element of System Structure,” (with Meredith Reid Sarkees) Presented at the annual Peace Science Society (International) Meeting, November 1997, Indianapolis, Indiana

Television and Print Media

“The Status of the Surge in Iraq” A roundtable discussion on Kentucky Tonight; an. Emmy-award winning statewide public affairs program on Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, KET 1. May 28, 2007

“Greater U.N. Presence Would Help U.S. in Iraq” Op-Ed article in the Lexington Herald-Leader on October 16, 2006

“The War in Iraq” A roundtable discussion and call in show. Kentucky Tonight; an Emmy-award winning statewide public affairs program on Kentucky’s PBS affiliate, KET 1. July 3, 2006

Campus Presentations

“My walk with Mountain Outreach” Campus Ministries Upperclassman Convocation, January 26, 2009. Gatliff Chapel, University of the Cumberlands.

“Health Care Reform” Debate with Dr. Michael Dickman, sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, Convocation Make-up Lecture. October 27, 2009, University of the Cumberlands.

“The Politics of Food Distribution” a discussion. Critical Thinking Series: Center for Teaching and Learning. February, 2009, University of the Cumberlands.

“Mountain Outreach Semester Projects” Campus Ministries Upperclassman Convocation, January, 2009. Gatliff Chapel, University of the Cumberlands.

“Iraq: A discussion of American Foreign Policy” Debate with Dr. Bruce Hicks, sponsored by the College Republicans, March 11, 2008. Gatliff Chapel, University of the Cumberlands

“Is Mountain Outreach for me?” Campus Ministries Upperclassman Convocation, January 23, 2008. Gatliff Chapel, University of the Cumberlands.

“US Foreign Policy Toward Cuba” The 2007 Claude Pepper Oratory Competition, judge and commentator. February 22, 2007. University of the Cumberlands.

“Improving Student Involvement Using Debates in Class”, presentation and discussion. Center for Teaching and Learning. October 4, 2006. University of the Cumberlands.

“Stolen Childhoods” Film and faculty discussion. Center for Teaching and Learning. March 1, 2006. University of the Cumberlands.

“Over the Falls Without A Barrel? The Bush Doctrine and the Post 9/11 World” Phi Alpha Theta, Convocation Lecture. April 12, 2005. Cumberland College.

Honors

Faculty Research Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association (ACA) 2010-2011 (with Eric Stephens).

Faculty Excellence Award 2008

The William T. Miles Community Service Award 2008

“Honored Professor 2007-2008” selected by the Student Government Organization.

University Fellow for Service Learning 2003-2004, The University of Vermont Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning