Charles Kennedy



Office: Kirby 314B
Phone: 758-5453

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Public Policy, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East and South Asia, Pakistan Studies


Hank Kennedy has been a member of the Department of Political Science at Wake Forest University since 1985.  He has written about South Asian political and governmental systems since 1975 and has conducted extensive field research in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India. He has held three senior Fulbright Research Fellowships during his career. He served as the Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies from 1988-2001; and was the institute’s Secretary from 1982-1988.  He has written, edited, or co-edited thirteen books, which deal with South Asia.  His most recent include: Government and Politics in South Asia (Westview Press, 2014), Pakistan: 2005 (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Pakistan at the Millennium (Oxford University Press, 2003).  He is also the author of numerous other scholarly publications.  Professor Kennedy also has a long-standing teaching and professional interest in the issues pertaining to US foreign policy with respect to the Middle East and South Asia especially pertaining to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Iraq.  He has also served as a lecturer on two (University of Pittsburgh; University of Virginia) Semester at Sea semester voyages. He currently serves as the co-Director of the Middle East and South Asia Studies Program at Wake Forest.


BA  Eckerd College, 1973
AM  Duke University, 1975
MPP  Duke University, 1978
PhD  Duke University, 1979

Academic Appointments

Professor, Wake Forest University, 1994-Present
Associate Professor, Wake Forest University, 1989-94
Visiting Professor, International Relations, Dhaka University (Bangladesh),1990
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, 1985-89
Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Bowdoin College, 1981-84
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1980-81
Instructor, Department of Political Science, Duke University, 1979-80
Research Affiliate and Instructor, Islamic and Arabian Development Studies Center, Duke University, 1978-79




POL 246 Politics and Policy in South Asia
This course centers on the political systems of the five major states of South Asia:  Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.    Its approach combines political history and policy issues relevant to the region; its focus is comparative.  Requirements for the course usually include: two in-class tests; and a significant research paper which focuses on some aspect of recent or contemporary politics or policy relating to one or more states of the region.  This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

POL 252 The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars
This course addresses the two ongoing wars briefly tracing their context and centering on events concerning:  a) the respective decisions by the US and relevant others to go to war:  b) the nature of the respective occupations; c) constitutional and institutional development; d) respective military campaigns; d) ethnonational considerations; e) US domestic politics; and f) other relevant issues.  The course combines aspects of comparative politics, international politics, US domestic politics, as well as policy considerations for the relevant statal actors.  Like the respective wars this course will reflect the ever-changing patterns of the conflict (ie. the readings and topics will be driven to some extent by current events.)  Requirements for the course will include two policy recommendations (one relevant to each war); and test(s).  The course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

POL 259 The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
This course has three main components: a) it addresses the history of the conflict since its origins in the 20th century; b) it discusses the current interests, views and positions of the three main protagonists (Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans); and c) it traces the development of US foreign policy towards the conflict since the 1967 war.  Its approach is part political history, international politics, and foreign policy.  Requirements for the course usually include: two in-class tests; and a policy brief which addresses current policy issues relevant to the conflict. This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

POL 263 US Foreign Policy in the Middle East
This course addresses aspects of US foreign policy with respect to the middle east since the end of the second world war.  Although the course takes a comprehensive view of US foreign policy in the region its main focus is with respect to US foreign policy towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iran, and Iraq   This course makes extensive use of policy-focused case studies.  Requirements for the course usually include some combination of a test(s); a significant policy paper; and/or a policy brief.  This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

POL 282  Gandhi
This course explores the life, political philosophy, and methods utilized by Mohandas Gandhi to prompt political change and to contest colonial domination.  The course will make use of readings and discussions.  It also involves activist learning – all students are required to participate in a group project designed to effect change.  Other requirements of the course include short test(s) as well as a significant individual research paper concerning some aspect of Gandhian thought and practice.  This is a Service Learning course.  The course also counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

FYS 100  Professional Baseball; Globalizing the American Pastime
This course centers on the development of professional baseball in the US, as well as tracing its development in Japan and Latin America.  The main focus throughout will concern the national, political and social aspects of the game.  It also focuses on aspects of legal and business concerns relevant to the” industry.”   The course makes use of extensive readings, discussions will be strenuously encouraged and films will be shown and discussed.   Requirements include two or more short papers and a research paper.  Students must also sign an affidavit affirming that they are not currently partial to the Boston Red Sox nor owe allegiance to the so-called “Red Sox Nation.”   This course is a freshman seminar.  The course does not count towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

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