Christian is an assistant professor of political science at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and a founding research fellow of the Centre for Security, Armed Forces, and Society. RMC is Canada's only federal university. He is cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies as well as the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in English Canada. At Queen's, he is also adjunct chair of Defence Management Studies, a Research Associate at the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies, and a Fellow at the Queen's Centre for International Relations. Christian ollaborate regularly with the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, the Forum of Federations, the European Centre for Federalism Studies as well as with Canada's Department of National Defence.
While obtaining his Ph.D. at Queen's University, Christian held fellowships with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Pennsylvania's Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He also has a D.É.A. from the Institut d'Études Politiques at the Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble as well as Master's degrees in political science and French from the University of Toronto.
Born in Munich, Germany to parents of Austrian ancestry, Christian was schooled in Kuwait, Munich, and Toronto. He has also lived in France and the United States, and has conducted field research on ethnic conflict in Mauritius and on post-conflict reconstruction in Bosnia- Herzegovina. Among the world's two dozen federal countries, he has thus far lived in four and visited another seven on three different continents.
Christian's research focuses primarily on the political implications of demographic change, especially insofar as they affect the security sector, conflict, democratic governance, and federalism. He has ongoing research projects on managing diversity in the armed forces, on federalism and federal governance, public, and fiscal policy, and on ethnic conflict. In addition, he possesses research interests in the relationship between federal governance in multinational countries and the security sector, in defence management, in small-island states, in multilevel governance, and in post-conflict reconstruction. Having, thus far, held $500,000 of research grants and contracts, he is also a member of Canada's two largest research projects in political science: the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on Ethnicity and Democratic Governance (EDG) and the MCRI on Public Policy in Municipalities (PPM), each funded with $2.5 million by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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