The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy is now open.  Our office hours are from: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Please refer to the COVID-19 Resource Guide for all matters related to the return to campus.  All visitors and vendors must fill out the Columbia University Health Screening Form.  We look forward to seeing you on campus.


Justin Canfil

Student, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences



Justin K. Canfil is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, jointly enrolled for a minor at Columbia Law. He specializes in International Relations, focusing on the relationship between international law and international security. Within international law, he studies the application of state responsibility, jurisdiction, and international humanitarian law to emergent defense technology.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Justin worked as an international affairs and political professional. He has held a public policy fellowship in the U.S. Congress, served as an operative on several political campaigns, and managed public diplomatic missions on behalf of the U.S. Department of State at the Council on World Affairs in Cleveland. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, he was also a visiting student at the University of Oxford (law) and a fellow with the Glenn School of Public Affairs in 2010.

Currently, he is a Cybersecurity Fellow at the French-American Foundation and a Columbia Teagle Fellow. He is also graduate co-coordinator of the Columbia University International Politics Seminar (CUIPS) speakers series.


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