Benjamin Johnson

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Visiting Scholar, York University, 2020-21


Benjamin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at York University (Toronto, Canada) with a focus in international relations, Canadian politics, and security studies. He is currently supervised by Gabrielle Slowey and is researching the use and development of surveillance technologies in the Canadian Arctic within a critical security framework. Specifically, Benjamin is examining how these technologies are expected to contribute to the defense of Canada’s Arctic sovereignty and whether they represent a continuation or new defense strategy by the Canadian state. Benjamin has also recently co-authored Cyber Security Challenges Confronting Canada and the United States (with John M. Weaver, Peter Lang Publishing) and is beginning work on his next project, which examines the securitization of pandemic diseases with a focus on COVID-19.