Veronica Kitchen

Associate Professor

Veronica KitchenAreas of specialization

International Relations,

International Security,

Critical Security Studies,


Security Bureaucracies,

Urban Security,

Mega-Event Security


BA (Toronto), MA (Brown), PhD (Brown)

Veronica M. Kitchen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She researches the global governance of domestic security, focusing on urban security and counter-terrorism, security bureaucracies, the ethics of security, and mega-event security.

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) and Canadian-American relations. Her recent publications include 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, she 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.

Veronica Kitchen is also part of the Conflict and Security Research Group at the Balsillie School of International Affairs


Learning through play 

If you walk into Dr. Veronica Kitchen’s World Politics class, you might think you’ve taken a wrong turn into the Drama department. Unlike a typical political science lecture, her students spend class time participating in games and active demonstrations that subtly mimic the real-world circumstances of politics. These games, according to Kitchen, allow students to take a break from sitting still and listening, as well as allow them to organically reach conclusions that mirror what academics have learned by observing the real world of politics (Read more).

Links and additional information

For a full list of publications please see Dr. Kitchen's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Balsillie School of International Affairs web page


Office: Hagey Hall 312
Phone: ext 32418

University of Waterloo

Follow Professor Kitchen @vmkitchen

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