Kim Richard Nossal, Ph.D., is the head of the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He was born in London, England, and schooled in Melbourne, Beijing, Toronto, and Hong Kong. He attended the University of Toronto, receiving his PhD in 1977. In 1976 he joined the Department of Political Science at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, where he taught international relations and Canadian foreign policy for 25 years, serving as chair of the Department in 1989-90 and 1992-1996. In 2001, he was appointed as head of the Department of Political Studies at Queen's.
In addition to his teaching at Queen's, Nossal has authored and contributed to several publications pertaining to Politics.
He has served as editor of International Journal (1992-1997), and as the North American editor of Global Change, Peace and Security and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals, including Études internationales, Revista Méxicana de Estudios Canadienses, and Civil Wars. He served as president of the Australian and New Zealand Studies Association of North America between 1999 and 2001, and ANZSANA secretary-treasurer.
His books include: Relocating Middle Powers: Australia and Canada in a Changing World Order (written with Andrew Cooper and Richard Higgott, 1993); Rain Dancing: Sanctions in Canadian and Australian Foreign Policy (1994); The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 3rd edition (1997); The Patterns of World Politics (1998). His latest book, co-edited with Nelson Michaud, is Diplomatic Departures: The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984-1993, published by UBC Press in 2001.
Professor Nossal makes several references to Wikipedia during his First Year Politics Lectures. The most notable of these is that Wikipedia does not qualify as academic research as anyone can write anything, including biographies about the famed prof.
His research interests include:
Humanitarian intervention in Canadian foreign policy
NGOs and the anti-globalization movement in Australia and Canada
The effects of international sanctions on particular countries, economies, and groups
The efforts of the international community to regulate the operations of transnational security corporations and individual mercenaries in the post-Cold War period
The international relations of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Issues in Australian-Canadian relations
A range of topics in Canadian foreign and defence policy and Canadian-American relations
The Beijing Massacre: Australian Responses Australian Foreign Policy Papers (1993)
Relocating Middle Powers: Australia and Canada in a Changing World Order (written with Andrew Cooper and Richard Higgott) (1993)
Rain Dancing: Sanctions in Canadian and Australian Foreign Policy (1994)
A Brief Madness: Australia and the Resumption of French Nuclear Testing Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence 121 (written with Carolynn Vivian)(1997)
The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 3rd edition (1997)
The Patterns of World Politics (1998)
Diplomatic Departures: The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984-1993 (co-edited with Nelson Michaud) (2001)