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Kristen Csenkey is a PhD Candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). Her research focuses on cyber governance and the management of cyber operations and innovation in Canada. She is interested in Canadian defence and security policy, cooperation, and hybrid warfare. Her PhD supervisors are Drs. Bessma Momani and Dejan Guzina.

Kristen holds a number of fellowships, grants, and research positions. She is a Junior Fellow with the Defence and Security Foresight (DSF) Group led by Dr. Bessma Momani (University of Waterloo) and a network member of the DSF Group’s European NATO Team and the Gender Liaison. She is the 2020 Women in Defence and Security (WiDS) Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and a Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada Emerging Thought Leader in Digital Security. She is also a Graduate Fellow with the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). Kristen is the Principal Investigator of a Mobilizing Insights in Defence and Security (MINDS) Targeted Engagement Grant (TEG) focused on examining the future implications of emerging technologies with military applications.

In 2016, she worked as part of the Political Affairs team at the Embassy to Hungary, Slovenia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in Budapest and has held other government positions since then. Kristen was actively involved in the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) in management and advisory roles.

Kristen graduated from the University of Toronto, holds an MA in anthropology, and completed her Master of Applied Politics (MAP) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Her MAP research examined nationalism and border security policies in Hungary.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Department of National Defence MINDS TEG, 2019–2020
  • Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Margaret Campbell Docherty Award, 2017
  • Laurier Graduate Scholarship, 2017


Conflict and Security
Multilateral Institutions
  • Master of Applied Politics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2018
  • Master of Arts, Trent University, 2014
  • Honours Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, 2011

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