Dr. Christi Siver

Assistant Professor of Political Science. Master's degree in International Relations and International Economics at The John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Ph. D. in political science at the University of Washington in August 2009.

SJU Office: Simons 152
(320) 363-2250


Spring 2014 Courses:

  • POLS 223, Comparative Politics
  • POLS 356,  Security: Defense, Diplomacy and Development

Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his famous address making the case for US involvement in World War II, stressed the importance of four basic freedoms - freedom of speech and worship, freedom from want and fear. In the era of the War on Terror, the US has focused on freedom from fear, but has largely ignored how the other three pillars of freedom may influence our security. In this course we explore both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the concept of security to understand what the term really means.

  • ETHS 390: What do Ethics Mean During a Time of War?

If General Sherman was right that "war is hell," the concept of ethics seems completely irrelevant. However, as human society has evolved, numerous politicians, philosophers, and religious figures have agreed on the need for an ethics in war, even if they have not agreed on the content of those ethics. Students will be introduced to formal ethical frameworks and discover the dilemmas they encounter when applying these frameworks to real world situations. Students will compare how these ethical frameworks overlap and diverge from political values. We will debate particular dilemmas in warfare, including which authorities can declare war and when they are justified in doing so, what methods can be used in war, and what obligations both combatants and non-combatants have. Students will work with a basic ethics text supplemented by contemporary articles outlining modern dilemmas related to ethics of war.

Faculty advisor for the CSB/SJU Debate Team.