Arne Kislenko, Ryerson University

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Associate Professor Toronto, Ontario akislenk@ryerson.ca Mobile: (647) 378-8710
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Bio/Research

Dr. Arne Kislenko teaches modern international relations, including courses on the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, the two world wars and interwar period, the Cold War, the history of empires since the 18th century, the history of nationalisms, the Vietnam War, and modern Southeas...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Arne Kislenko teaches modern international relations, including courses on the history of espionage, the history of terrorism, the two world wars and interwar period, the Cold War, the history of empires since the 18th century, the history of nationalisms, the Vietnam War, and modern Southeast Asia. He holds a BA in History and Political Science and a Masters in History from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto.

He has been recognized widely for his teaching skills, including being awarded the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2011. Arne’s other awards include being named the “Best Lecturer in Ontario” by TV Ontario viewers following the first Big Ideas “Academic Idol” television series in 2005. He also received Ryerson University’s first President’s Teaching Award in 2007 and the Ontario government’s inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (LIFT) the same year. Dr. Kislenko is a member of the Ryerson graduate faculty and supervises in three programmes.

His publications include Culture and Customs of Laos (2009), Culture and Customs of Thailand (2004), and The Uneasy Century: International Relations, 1900-1990 (1996, with Margaret MacMillan). He also has contributed chapters to several books and published numerous journal and encyclopaedia articles on a wide range of topics in modern international relations history and intelligence and security studies. He has also worked on numerous photographic and public history exhibitions. Since 2013, he has served as an editor for the prestigious journal Intelligence and National Security. He is an instructor in International Relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and several times has been a Visiting Professor at the Freie Universitat Berlin.

He appears regularly in the media commenting on intelligence and security issues, current international affairs, and modern diplomatic history. Before academia Arne served for 12 years as a Senior Officer with Canada Immigration at Pearson Airport in Toronto, dealing with many high profile international intelligence cases. He has served as a consultant on national security matters for the federal government and as an historical advisor for TV/media programmes and various educational organizations. Arne was the host of the National Geographic documentary series “Living in the Time of Jesus” (2011). He has also worked on and behind the camera for numerous international television projects about the history of espionage and other topics in modern history. His TV projects include Secret Nazi Bases (Go Button Media, 2020), Phantom Signals (Phantom Signals1, 2020), Spies of War (T2MP, 2019), Operation Foxley (Docland Yard, 2017), and The Secret Life of Mata Hari (Proper Television, 2012).


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