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Dr. Robert Joustra

Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies

Director, Centre for Christian Scholarship

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4301

Email: rjoustra@redeemer.ca

Office: 208F


Ph.D. (2013), International Relations, University of Bath Dissertation: The Religious Problem in Religious Freedom: Why International Theory Needs Political Theology Supervisors: Dr. Scott Thomas and Dr. Adrian Hyde-Price
M.A. (2007), Globalization Studies, McMaster University (Hamilton) Thesis: The Lullaby of Argus Panoptes: Toward a Cosmological Conversation on Universal Human Rights Supervisor: Dr. Marshall Beier
B.A. (2005 with distinction), Honours History, Political Science. Redeemer University College Senior Thesis: “The Tatar Yoke: An Historiographical Inquiry into the Mongol Impact on the Russian State”


  • Gods and Thrones: The World to 1914 (HIS-106)
  • Introduction to International Relations (POL-208)
  • Introduction to International Political Economy (POL-215)
  • God and Global Order (POL-301/401)
  • Internship (POL-380)
  • Introduction to Politics & International Studies (POL-121)


Robert Joustra is associate professor of politics & international studies at Redeemer University College, and Director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship. He is also on staff with the D.C. think tank, Center for Public Justice, where he serves as the Editor of the Public Justice Review. He is a fellow with The Review of Faith and International Affairs, and a member of the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute’s Advisory Council. Rob is author, co-author, and co-editor of five books, most recently The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology (Routledge, 2017). Before joining academia, he worked for nearly a decade in politics with the think tank Cardus, and currently serves on the Christian Reformed Church’s Committee to Study Religious Persecution and Liberty. His articles and reviews appear in The Globe and MailThe National PostThe Review of Faith and International AffairsBooks & Culture, and more.

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