Karina Sangha

MA Political Science

Karina SanghaHaving received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Karina then came to UWaterloo for her MA on the recommendation of her undergraduate professors. “Waterloo’s partnerships with the Balsille School of International Affairs (BSIA) and Wilfred Laurier University definitely contributed to my decision to attend. The partnerships meant so many more opportunities of a very broad nature,” Karina explains. As for the Political Science department here at UWaterloo, Karina describes it as relatively small, but with a wide range of fields and outstanding professors. The 20, or so, MA students are very close and receive excellent support and resources.

Karina focuses on security studies broadly, but her specific area of interest is the ethics of unmanned weapon systems. “I am looking at armed drones and evaluating them in terms of Just War Theory,” she explains, “can their use ever be ethical or are they an unjust weapon whose use in war can never be acceptable?” Karina had the opportunity to attend the International Studies Association Annual Conference in San Francisco this year to present on armed drones. “This was a slightly different topic than that of my MA research. I have done a lot of work on this broad area of study for both my Major Research Paper as well as external opportunities.”

“There are so many opportunities here – both on campus and on partner campuses.” Karina has participated in the UWaterloo graduate conference and has been a contributor to the graduate journal, Inquiry & Insight, within the Political Science department. In addition, she was a Research Assistant for Veronica Kitchen, the department’s expert on security and counter-terrorism institutions. Karina also cites the BSIA for playing a significant role in providing important opportunities for Waterloo Political Science students. “They bring in speakers from all over the world and often run events and public presentations.”

After graduation, Karina plans to stay in Kitchener-Waterloo. She is considering applying to work for a think tank, but she also acknowledges the wide array of skills her degree has provided her with and the numerous opportunities that are available in the surrounding area. Many graduates of the MA program go on to work with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) or other think tanks and NGOs in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. “Regardless of what I end up doing, I’ve greatly enjoyed my time studying at UWaterloo and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for Political Science.” 

October 2013 Megan Scarborough

University of Waterloo

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