Brandon Dickson is a PhD student at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. His research focuses on the intersection of education, politics and history through memory and education programming in the wake of mass atrocities. His past research has focused on the contexts of post-genocide Rwanda and the transatlantic slave trade.
Brandon has worked in a variety of research assistant roles in the context of education. He works as a research assistant in mathematics and computational thinking education and has also worked on a variety of projects including a project related to telling stories with data sciences, a project developing the Ontario Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, and research on sustainable investment practices in higher education instituitons across Canada. He has published his work widely in the education field and has presented at numerous international peer-reviewed conferences.
During his university career, Brandon has been actively involved in campus life. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant for a first year political science course and second year political economy course, served as Vice President of Finance of the Huron Political Science Students Association, worked as the Director of Municipal Engagement for the Huron Students’ Council and served on the head orientation team to develop and run orientation activities for incoming first years. In the community, Brandon volunteered as a youth soccer coach for nearly a decade and has served on the Board of Directors for both the London Youth Advisory Council and Amabile Choirs of London.
Brandon’s research at Balsillie will focus on the development and implementation of resilience focused education programs in international post-traumatic contexts to gain an understanding of how these policies are interacted with, and their potential impacts on supporting vulnerable groups.