Christopher Cunningham was a doctoral candidate from the Department of Political Science. He was also a Lecturer of Comparative Politics courses and Co-Chair of the Political Science Graduate Student Association. At the university level, Chris was a Vice President of Graduate Student Government (GSG) and previously served as a Senator from 2008 to 2010.
Chris’s main academic focus is ethnic conflict studies and conflict analysis. His prior academic work has focused on ethnic conflict occurrences in Northern Ireland, Punjab (India), Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Xinjiang. He has authored or co-authored articles for The International Journal on World Peace, Peace and Conflict Studies, Irish Political Studies and The Journal for Conflict Studies. His dissertation research concentrates on the relationship between ethnic diasporas and traumatic political events.
Chris is also a two-time participant in the US State Department’s Critical Languages Scholarship program, which offers intensive language training overseas. As part of this program, he lived in Chandigarh, India during the summers of 2009 and 2010, studying and speaking Punjabi. He wrote about his experiences in the fall 2010 edition of the Political Science newsletter.
Chris is a graduate of the Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland, where he earned an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict; and the University of Louisville, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He is a previous recipient of the Critical Languages Scholarship, the US Fulbright Research Grant, and the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. Born and raised in Kentucky, Chris is a die-hard Louisville Cardinals basketball and football fan.
Chris successfully defended his thesis, “Diasporas, Ethnic Conflict and Traumatic Events” in April 2013 and graduated May 2013.