International Relations: 19th- and 20th-Century Diplomatic History; U.S. Foreign Policy; Modern Southeast Asia; Contemporary Intelligence and National Security
Dr. Arne Kislenko has been recognized widely for his teaching skills, including being awarded the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2011. He was 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 (2007), the Ontario government’s inaugural Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (LIFT) (2007), and was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (2006). Dr. Kislenko is an Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto and serves from time to time as a Visiting Professor at Freie Universitat Berlin. 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 contributed to, and helped edit, Global Perspectives on the United States: Issues and Ideas Shaping International Relations (2008) and currently serves as the book review editor for the prestigious journal Intelligence and National Security. 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. Among other academic activities, Dr. Kislenko helped curate Ryerson’s Black Star photographic exhibit of the Berlin Wall, unveiled at the Canadian Embassy in the German capital to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Wall’s collapse. He is founder of and faculty advisor to a number of student groups at Ryerson including the International Issues Discussion (IID) lecture series and the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) international development project. A strong believer in the educational merits of travel and international experience, he also founded the Dale W. Nelson Memorial Award to help Ryerson history students go abroad on exchange.
Dr. Kislenko has also worked as a security consultant for the federal government, and education consultant, and as an historical advisor for several news and television programmes. Between 1989 and 2001, Dr. Kislenko worked as a Senior Officer with Canada Immigration at Lester B. Pearson Airport, dealing with many high profile national security cases. He appears regularly in the media commenting on current affairs, including U.S. foreign policy, security and intelligence, terrorism, and modern diplomatic history. Dr. Kislenko is the host of the National Geographic television series “Living in the Time of Jesus” (2011) and is currently working on other TV documentary projects. Dr. Kislenko is a member of the graduate faculty.