Rebecca Herbener began her university career pursing a degree in Celtic Studies at St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. After her first year she took a year off before enrolling at the University of Guelph where she received her Honours Bachelor’s Degree in International Development with an Area of Emphasis in Historical Perspectives in Development. The program fostered Rebecca’s love of intersecting disciplines, engaging with everything from history and geography to anthropology and economics. It was a third-year Politics of Africa course that began her path towards political science and a fourth-year Conflict and Conflict Resolution course that solidified it. Rebecca maintains her multi-dimensional approach to political science particularly with history, psychology, and the environment. She has become fascinated by the “human factor” of conflict and security; how humans act not in theory but in real situations of threats both real and imagined. Her interests are specific to conflict in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Western response to it.
When she’s not reading the news and analysing global affairs Rebecca is likely to be found in a canoe in the middle of a lake in Northern Ontario, shut off from the rest of the world.