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About Volker C. Franke

Dr. Volker Franke is a Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University. Prior to coming to KSU, Dr. Franke was Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. From 2006-2008, he served as Director of Research at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC), one of Germany’s premier peace and conflict research and capacity building institutes. Currently, Dr. Franke also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Foundation of Peace Research. From 1998-2007, he was Director and Managing Editor of the National Security Studies Case Studies Program at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dr. Franke holds a Ph.D. in political science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, a Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina State University and a MA in political science and sociology from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He is the author of Preparing for Peace: Military Identity, Value-Orientations, and Professional Military Education (Praeger 1999) and more than 30 journal articles, book chapters, case studies and research reports on issues related to peace and security studies, conflict management, civil-military relations, development policy and social identity. He is also the editor of Terrorism and Peacekeeping: New Security Challenges (Praeger 2005) and Security in a Changing World: Case Studies in U.S. National Security Management (Praeger 2002).


Present Associate Professor of Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development
Present Special Assistant for Strategic Partnerships to the VP for Research and Dean of the Graduate College, Kennesaw State University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC), Citation
  • 2013 Faculty Honoree for graduating PhD in International Conflict Management Student Rebecca LeFebvre, Kennesaw State University
  • 2011 Faculty Honoree for graduating MS in Conflict Management Student Nancy Brockway, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Kennesaw State University
  • 2009 McDaniel College Distinguished Scholar’s Award
  • 2005 McDaniel College Faculty Book Award
  • 2005 McDaniel College Distinguished Scholar’s Award
  • 2003 McDaniel College Academic Publications Award
  • 2003 United States Department of Defense Grant
  • 2002 McDaniel College Faculty Book Award
  • 2002 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • 2000 Western Maryland College Faculty Book Award
  • 1998 Doctoral Prize for Excellence in Scholarship and Research at the Graduate Level, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • 1997 United States Department of Defense Grant
  • 1997 Certificate in University Teaching, Syracuse University
  • 1996 John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University, Commission and Honorarium
  • 1995-1997 Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Bonn, Germany Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1995 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nomination
  • 1994-1996 Teaching Associate, Department of Political Science, Syracuse University
  • Phi Beta Delta (1994), Phi Kappa Phi (1992), and Pi Alpha Alpha (1992) honor societies


  • INCM9900 - Ph.D. Dissertation Research
  • INCM9602 - International Conflict and Peacebuilding
  • INCM9601 - Case Writing and Case Teaching
  • INCM9600 - Dissertation Proposal Colloqui
  • INCM9550 - Peace Building in Nepal
  • INCM9002 - International Relations
  • CM7705 - Advanced Applied Skills Training
  • CM7400 - Conflict Management Research Methods
  • POLS2280 - Research Methods
  • POLS2250 - Introduction to International Relations

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences 5054
Phone: 678-797-2931
FAX: 770-423-6312

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