Arne Kislenko is Associate Professor of History at Ryerson University and an instructor in the International Relations Programme at Trinity College and the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. His teaching focus is on 19th and 20th century international relations, and includes courses on the two world wars, the Cold War, the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, comparative foreign policy, modern Southeast Asia, and culture/identity/nationalities.

He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2011), Ryerson University’s first President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2007), the inaugural Province of Ontario Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Award (2007), and being named as an Honourary Member of the Golden Key Society (2006). In Fall 2005 he was named Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” by TV Ontario following its first “Academic Idol” contest ( In the summers of 2011 and 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the Freie Universitat Berlin International Summer programme (FUBIS). In 2006 he served as a Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universitat Berlin.

Arne’s research interests include United States diplomatic history, 20th century international relations, modern Southeast Asia, and contemporary intelligence/national security issues. His publications include Culture and Customs of Laos (2009), Culture and Customs of Thailand (2004), The Uneasy Century: International Relations, 1900-1990 (with Dr. Margaret MacMillan, 1996), several chapter contributions to books, and numerous journal and encyclopaedic articles on a wide range of topics. He is currently working on a history of modern international relations for University of Toronto Press among other projects. He also currently serves as the book review editor for the prestigious journal Intelligence and National Security.

Arne graduated with an Honours B.A. in History and Politics (1987) and an M.A. in History (1988), both from the University of Western Ontario. Arne completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto (2000) while teaching at Ryerson and U of T and working with Canada Immigration at Lester B. Pearson Airport. He served there for 12 years as a Senior Officer, dealing with many high profile and national security cases.

He appears regularly in the media commenting on current affairs, including U.S. foreign policy, national security, terrorism, immigration, and modern diplomatic history. He has worked as a consultant on national security matters for the federal government, including the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. He has also advised on and appeared in numerous TV documentaries, and is  the host of the  National Geographic television series “Living in the Time of Jesus” (2010-11). Living in the Time of Jesus He is currently working on a new TV series amongst other projects.

Links to select publications:

Culture and Customs of Thailand

Culture and Customs of Laos

Trans-Pacific Relations in the 20th Century

America, the Vietnam War, and the World

Atrocities, Massacres, and War Crimes: An Encyclopedia

Global Perspectives on the United States


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