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, applied game theory, 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. His research has appeared in outlets including Georgetown University Press, the Journal of International Affairs, Rowman & Littlefield (forthcoming), and War on the Rocks. Since 2016, he has been affiliated with Kent State University as Adjunct Professor in the Global Security Masters Program. He is currently a teaching fellow at Columbia Law School (J-Term) and a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics.
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) and Peking University in 2018 (fieldwork and Chinese language studies). He will next join National Taiwan University as a visiting scholar in 2019.
His research has received generous funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Tokyo Foundation, the Global Taiwan Institute, the LBJ Foundation, the Harriman Institute, and the Columbia Weatherhead Institute. He currently holds Columbia’s Katerina Alevizaki Dracopoulos Fellowship and is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute 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.