Teaching Assistants



Here are posted short bios of Dr. Kislenko’s teaching and marking assistants. If you are interested in applying for work as an assistant please contact Dr. Kislenko for further instructions and criteria. In general, all assistants must meet the following conditions:

1) have a minimum Honours BA in History, International Relations, or similar field. Ideally be enrolled in a graduate programme (Masters or PhD level) at an accredited institution, preferably in History or International Relations, although other programmes may be acceptable

2) be able and willing to work in accordance with the class timetables Dr. Kislenko has in the given term

3) be able and willing to work as part of a team and to have an interactive approach to teaching and learning

4) be genuinely committed to teaching with an obvious enthusiasm and desire to learn.


TAs Fall 2018:

Aidan Kerr

Aidan Kerr graduated from Ryerson University in 2017 with a major in political science and a minor in history. During his undergrad, Aidan was lucky enough to travel abroad, visiting Laos in 2016 and India in 2017 with Ryerson student group, ASB. These trips provided Aidan with an unforgettable experience that would change his approach to education. Aidan’s connection to ASB and fascination with international relations led him to pursue a masters degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University. With the completion of his MA in 2018, Aidan is currently developing a thesis topic in pursuit of a PhD. His email is

Kate Grisdale

Kate has just moved back home to Toronto from Ottawa, where she worked as a project coordinator with Refugee 613, a coalition of citizens, settlement agencies, sponsorship groups and community partners working on refugee resettlement and integration in Ottawa.  Kate loves to ask questions about what taking a longer—historical—view can teach us about today’s real or perceived security issues. Her MA thesis focused on seeing past the ‘post-9/11’ framing, in order to more fully examine the history of anti-immigrant parties and mainstreaming of far-right politics in Western Europe since 1945. Kate received a Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian studies from Carleton University and a BA in Arts and Contemporary Studies with a History major at Ryerson University. Her email is

Nathaniel Brunt

Nathaniel Brunt is a researcher and documentary photographer who examines modern armed conflict and the way it is, and has been, represented photographically. In fall 2017, Nathaniel was an Alexia Foundation visiting scholar at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the Communication and Culture program at Ryerson University. His doctoral research is supported by SSHRC and The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation.

Nathaniel’s photographic work has been featured in The Globe and Mail, Sharp Magazine, PDN and other publications. Recently, Nathaniel received several academic and photographic awards, including the CONTACT Portfolio Reviews Award, IVSA John Rieger Award, PDN Photo Annual Student Award, and Alexia Foundation Student Award for his ongoing multi-year documentary and archival projects about the Kashmir Valley.

He can be reached at

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