Dr. Veronica M. Kitchen is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research on security governance across the global/local divide combines a self-consciously critical approach that acknowledges the contingency of knowledge and the importance of reflexivity with a commitment to translating that perspective into policy relevant analysis. She researches co-operation in national security policing, integration in counter-terrorism bureaucracies, and North American security governance (with Kim Rygiel at the Balsillie School). Kitchen is co-lead (with Jenny Mathers) of a project on heroism in world politics, within which her interest is in portrayals of heroic military masculinity in popular culture. Kitchen also conducts research and outreach activities on the use of simulation in teaching world politics.
Kitchen provides frequent media commentary on subjects related to counter-terrorism and international security. She is an executive member of the Canadian Network on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS), past Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the ISA-Canada, and co-lead of the conflict and security research cluster at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.