Dr. Joel J. Sokolsky is Dean of Arts and a Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is also a Senior Fellow at the Queen's University Centre for International Relations, a Research Fellow with the Institute for Research on Public Policy and a Research Affiliate at the Strategic Studies Program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his Honours BA from the University of Toronto, an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, (SAIS), and a PhD in government from Harvard University.
Dr. Sokolsky has taught at the Canadian Studies Center at SAIS, Dalhousie University. Duke University and Bridgewater State College His areas of interest and teaching include Canadian foreign and defence policy, contemporary maritime strategy, international security relations and American foreign and defence policy. He has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards including two NATO Fellowships and two Fulbright Scholarships. In 1995, he was named to the Teaching Excellence Honours List at RMC and in 2005 won the Research Excellence Award at RMC. In 2003 he was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal.
Dr. Sokolsky has been the author, co-author and co-editor of a number of books, monographs and articles. His most recent works include, "Sailing in Concert: The Strategy and Politics of Canada-U.S. Naval Interoperability," The Soldier and The State in the Post-Cold War, "Realism Canadian Style: National Security and the Chrétien Legacy," "Guarding the Continental Coasts: United States Maritime Homeland Security and Canada," "Between a Rock and a Soft Place: The Geopolitics of Canada-U.S. Security Relations," "A New Continental Consensus? The Bush Doctrine, the War on Terrorism and the Future of U.S.-Canadian Security Relations," "Renewing NORAD: Now If Not Forever," and "Suspenders and a Belt: Perimeter and Border Security in Canada-United States Relations."
Dr. Sokolsky has served as a consultant to several government offices and represented Canada on the Secretariat Working Group of the NATO/Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes.