Dr. Veronica Kitchen

Dr. Veronica Kitchen

Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs

Veronica M. Kitchen is Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She researches the governance of security, focusing on urban security and counter-terrorism, security bureaucracies, the ethics of security, and mega-event security, usually in a North American context.

Her main research project concerns counter-terrorism institutions which integrate professionals across levels of government and between various parts of the security field (police, military, intelligence, and planning) in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Together with Dr. Kim Rygiel at Wilfrid Laurier University, she is also studying the securitization of policing in Canada. Dr. Kitchen’s work is supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Research Grant (2010-2012) and an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2011-2016). In 2011, she received an outstanding performance award from the University of Waterloo.

She has also done extensive research on questions of identity and security in the context of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Her recent publications include:
“Where is Internationalism?: Canada-US Relations in the Context of the Global and the Local” in Heather A. Smith and Claire Turenne Sjolander, eds. Canada in the World: Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Policy. (Oxford, 2013); The Globalization of NATO: Intervention, Security, and Identity (Routledge, 2010); “NATO’s Out-of-Area Norm from Suez to Afghanistan” Journal of Transatlantic Studies 8 (2) (2010); “Canada (En)Counters Terrorism: US-Canada Relations and Counter-Terrorism Policy” Terrorism & Political Violence 21(1), 2009 (with Karthika Sasikumar); “Argument and Identity Change in the Atlantic Security Community” Security Dialogue 40(1) February 2009; and “Canada-Germany Relations: Essays in Honour of Robert Spencer” Guest editor with Petra Dolata-Kreutzkamp, International Journal 63(3), Summer 2008.

Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Kitchen was a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre of International Relations at the University of British Columbia. She completed her PhD in political science at Brown University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar, in 2006. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.


ID Event Name Duration Start Date
Shaping Freedom and Security: Democracy in the Era of Terrorism Full Day October 10, 2013

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