Solanna Anderson is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Her current research investigates the rationales for or against war that political, military and civil society leaders offer to domestic publics. This study contrasts the communication strategies and rationales for war used in Canada and Australia, with respect to their military missions in Afghanistan following September 11th, 2001. Solanna is particularly interested in tracking trends related to humanitarian justifications for war and why actors fail or succeed in constructing a public narrative of ‘mission success’. This research was previously supported by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and Solanna gratefully acknowledges current financial support from the UBC Security and Defense Forum Doctoral Award.
Solanna holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Guelph and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto. Her masters thesis research drew on four months of fieldwork in Kenya and Sudan in 2005, on the topic of women’s participation in the North-South Sudanese peace negotiations.
Prior to entering the PhD program, Solanna worked as the Communication Assistant with the United Nations Office in Namibia, a Human Rights Educator with the John Humphrey Center for Peace and Human Rights, and a Program Coordinator with the YOUCAN Peacebuilders Project, a conflict resolution program for at-risk youth in Edmonton.