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W. Andy Knight

Distinguished Professor, University of Alberta

W. Andy Knight is Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department at the University of Alberta and past Chair of the Department. He is former Director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR), The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad & Tobago and co-founder and the former head of the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC). He is Co-Editor in Chief of both African Security journal and International Journal — two globally prestigious peer-reviewed publications, and he established, during his secondment in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy. Professor Knight was co-editor of another highly regarded and award-winning journal — Global Governance from 2000 to 2005.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Professor Knight was named by Venture Magazine among Alberta’s top 50 most influential people and, by the Black Business and Professional Association of Canada, the Harry Jerome Trailblazer. He served as Advisory Board Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children and was Director of the Peace and Post Conflict Studies Certificate Programme in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies (OIS) at The University of Alberta. In March 2007, Dr. Knight was appointed by the Canadian Foreign Minister to the Board of Governors of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and served in that position until 2011.

Knight has written several books on the United Nations, Global Politics, and the Responsibility to Protect. One of his most recently published books is the award-winning, Female Suicide Bombings: A Critical Gendered Approach, with Tanya Narozhna (University of Toronto Press). His ongoing research and publications address issues of global health governance, global health security, Children and war, and the vulnerabilities and resiliency of small island developing states (SIDS). In March of this year, it was announced that Professor Knight was awarded the University of Alberta’s highest honour – the University of Alberta Distinguished Professor. It is an award that recognizes exceptional faculty members who are globally recognized leaders and whose exemplary teaching, scholarly work and citizenship has made them leaders in their disciplines.


Zack Penddah

Research Assistant – Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta

Zack Penddah is a Research Assistant within the Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from the University of Alberta, and during his undergraduate degree, he received the Stephen and Lynn Mandel Scholarship in Political Science, the Jason Lang Scholarship, the Basarab Family Scholarship for Community Service Learning, and First Class Standing (Deans List) within the Faculty of Arts.

Zack previously worked with the Government of Canada within the Hearings and Appeals Office of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Refugee Protection Division (RPD). In addition to this, Zack was featured on the University of Alberta’s “Faces of CSL” blog for his outstanding volunteering contributions to the University of Alberta’s ACCESS Outreach Support Team. With a curious mind, Zack hosts BlackTalk to engage in conversation with experts, faculty, and students surrounding the topics of Black success and anti-Black racism.

Producer: Katrina Ingram

Technical Production: Tom Merklinger

Theme music: “Fling it up” by Dyson Knight of the Baha Men, and “Attitude” by Dyson Knight and Wendy Lewis Knight

Voice over artist: Nicola Barriteau

Graphic Design: Anna Chakravorty

Faculty Guests: Tom Davey, Ubaka Ogbogu, Temitope Oriola, Anne-José Villeneuve, Jean Walrond

Student Guests: Kehinde Adebogun, Hermon Afowork, Marvin Etruw, Emmanuel Kachere, Rebecca Oluwabiyi

This podcast was produced at the University of Alberta. The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community