Christian Pettersen joined Kenyon in 2023 after completing a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Georgia. Pettersen is a political and legal geographer. His research focuses on the historical development of anti-impunity initiatives in Guatemala and Cambodia. In his current work he examines how the Guatemalan state welcomed and then expelled the United Nations-sponsored International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He looks to how the CICIG’s expulsion can provide clues to how exclusionary states maintain their power and to how human rights both expand and constrain transformative social practice in the 21st century.
At Kenyon, Pettersen teaches courses in International Studies and History. His classes are based on his research expertise and lived experience in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and by his commitments as an historically-driven interdisciplinary scholar.
2023 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of Georgia
2015 — Master of Arts from University of Georgia
2013 — Bachelor of Arts from University of Arizona