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Chip Gagnon is an Associate Professor of Politics and is currently serving as Chair of the Politics Department. His specialty is international relations and comparative politics, with a regional focus on the former Yugoslavia and Russia. He is on sabbatical leave in the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.
He is the author of the book The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s, which won the American Political Science Association's Prize for the Best Book on European Politics and Society as well as the Best First Book Award of the Council for European Studies. He has also published numerous scholarly articles on topics related to the Yugoslav wars, nationalism, ethnic conflict, and multiculturalism in the Balkans in journals such as International Security, Foreign Affairs, Nationalities Papers and Journal of Democracy.
His research interests include ethnic and nationalist conflict, the phenomenon of political demobilization, democracy promotion, and post-conflict societies. His current research projects include a focus on US democracy assistance in the post-war Balkans. A second project is looking at how images of a dangerous outside world are used as a domestic political resource. He is also working with anthropologist Stefan Senders on a multi-year project, "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Post-Conflict Studies," based at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at Cornell University, where he is a long-term Visiting Scholar. As part of that project he is co-editing a volume entitled After the Dust Has Settled: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Postconflict Studies.
Gagnon teaches Introduction to International Relations, as well as upper level courses on nationalism and ethnic conflict, global migration, whiteness and multiculturalism, Russian politics, democracy assistance, and "Pirates, Mercenaries and Missionaries: Sovereignty in the International System." In the fall 2012 semester he taught an Ithaca Seminar, "War, Peace and Terrorism." He also designed and obtained college approval for a new Concentration in International Studies for Politics Majors, and for a new Minor in International Politics for nonmajors, both of which came into effect in fall 2011. He is on sabbatical leave academic year 2013-14.
Prior to coming to Ithaca College, Gagnon was awarded a 3 year SSRC-MacArthur postdoctoral fellowship during which he was in residence at the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University; during that period he also spent an academic year at the Dept of Sociology of the University of Zagreb (Croatia) and at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory of the University of Belgrade (Serbia). He has participated as organizer or presenter in summer schools in Niš (Serbia) and Ohrid (Macedonia), and was part of the research team for the Muabet project of Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. He has travelled to Russia and to the former Yugoslavia numerous times.
Gagnon received his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and his Ph.D. in political science, with a focus on international relations, from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University. He also earned certificates in East European Studies and Russian and Soviet Studies at Columbia.
Gagnon and his family have lived in Ithaca since 1993. He has a daughter and a son who are both in college. He is an avid cyclist.
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