I am a PhD Candidate at Columbia University researching international legal issues in emerging technologies, such as cyber, space, and AI. My dissertation explores the politics of cyberspace law, especially in the context of US-China-Russia relations. I am broadly interested in public international law, Chinese foreign policy, and security studies.
Justin K. Canfil is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at Columbia University specializing in topics at the nexus of international law and emerging technologies with military implications, especially in context of US-China-Russia relations. Justin's research has appeared in outlets including Georgetown University Press, the Journal of International Affairs, Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming), and War on the Rocks. His technical interests include applied game theory, mixed-methods methodology, and text analysis. He is currently a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics. He will next join National Taiwan University as a visiting scholar in the summer of 2019, and will conduct research at Fudan University during the 2019-2020 academic year on a US Fulbright Fellowship.
Justin holds MA and MPhil degrees from Columbia and earned a specialized minor in public/international law via the Columbia Law School curriculum (2015-2016). A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, he has also held visiting affiliations at the University of Oxford in 2010 (international law studies) and Peking University in 2018 (fieldwork and Chinese language studies).
Since 2016, Justin has been affiliated with Kent State University as Adjunct Professor in the Global Security Masters Program. He has been a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School (J-Term 2019), the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (2016-2018), and Columbia College (2015-2017).
His research has received generous funding from the Fulbright Commission, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, the Harriman Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Tokyo Foundation, the Global Taiwan Institute, the LBJ Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program, and the Columbia Weatherhead Institute. He has held Columbia’s Katerina Alevizaki Dracopoulos Fellowship, the Harriman Institute's PepsiCo Dissertation Fellowship, and is currently a Resident Fellow with the Kennan Institute and Non-Resident Fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute, both in Washington, DC.
Prior to his graduate studies, Justin worked as an international affairs and political professional. He has held a public policy fellowship in the United States Congress, served as an operative on several political campaigns, co-coordinated a White House ONDCP-DFC educational grant, and managed public diplomatic programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State at the Council on World Affairs in Cleveland.