Charles Kennedy


Office: Kirby 314B
Phone: 758-5453

Charles H. Kennedy. Professor Kennedy has written about South Asian political and governmental systems since 1975 and has conducted extensive field research in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India.  He served as the Director of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies from 1988-2001; and was the institute’s Secretary from 1982-1988.  He has written or edited numerous books and other scholarly publications, which deal with South Asia.  His most recent include: Government and Politics in South Asia (Westview Press, 2009), Pakistan: 2005 (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Pakistan at the Millennium (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Professor Kennedy also has a long-standing teaching and professional interest in the issues of political Islam, and in US foreign policy with respect to the Middle East and South Asia especially pertaining to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Iraq.  His current research interests focus on: military regimes and constitutionalism in Pakistan and Bangladesh and Pakistani domestic politics. He has served as the Coordinator of WFU’s Middle East and South Asia Interdisciplinary Program since its founding in 2005.


PhD                 1979, Duke University
MPP                 1978, Duke University
AM                  1975, Duke University
BA                  1973, Eckerd College

Academic Employment

1994 –              Professor, Department of Political Science, Wake Forest University
1989-94           Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Wake Forest University
1990                Visiting Professor, International Relations, Dhaka University (Bangladesh)
1985-89           Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Wake Forest University
1981-84           Assistant Professor, Department of Government, Bowdoin College
1980-81           Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1979-80           Instructor, Department of Political Science, Duke University
1978-79           Research Affiliate and Instructor, Islamic and Arabian Development Studies
Center, Duke University

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Recent Publications

With Yogendra Malik, Robert Oberst, Ashok Kapur, Mahendra Lawoti, and Syedur Rahman,Government and Politics in South Asia 6th edition (Boulder: Westview Press, 2008), 486 pp.

“Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Regime,” in Saeed Shafqat ed., New Perspectives on Pakistan: Contexts, Realities and Visions for the Future (Karachi:  Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 327-352.

Co-editor with Cynthia Botteron, Pakistan: 2005 (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2006), 293 pp.

Constitutional and Political Change in Pakistan:  The Military Governance Paradigm,” in Rafiq Dossani and Henry Rowen eds., Prospects for Peace in South Asia (Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2005), pp. 37-74.

Co-editor with Kathleen McNeil, Carl Ernst, and David Gilmartin, Pakistan at the Millennium(Karachi:  Oxford University Press, 2003) 390 pp.

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This course centers on the political systems of the five major states of South Asia:  Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.    Its approach combines political history and policy issues relevant to the region; its focus is comparative.  Requirements for the course usually include: two in-class tests; and a significant research paper which focuses on some aspect of recent or contemporary politics or policy relating to one or more states of the region.  This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.


This course addresses the two ongoing wars briefly tracing their context and centering on events concerning:  a) the respective decisions by the US and relevant others to go to war:  b) the nature of the respective occupations; c) constitutional and institutional development; d) respective military campaigns; d) ethnonational considerations; e) US domestic politics; and f) other relevant issues.  The course combines aspects of comparative politics, international politics, US domestic politics, as well as policy considerations for the relevant statal actors.  Like the respective wars this course will reflect the ever-changing patterns of the conflict (ie. the readings and topics will be driven to some extent by current events.)  Requirements for the course will include two policy recommendations (one relevant to each war); and test(s).  The course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.


This course has three main components: a) it addresses the history of the conflict since its origins in the 20th century; b) it discusses the current interests, views and positions of the three main protagonists (Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans); and c) it traces the development of US foreign policy towards the conflict since the 1967 war.  Its approach is part political history, international politics, and foreign policy.  Requirements for the course usually include: two in-class tests; and a policy brief which addresses current policy issues relevant to the conflict. This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.


This course addresses aspects of US foreign policy with respect to the middle east since the end of the second world war.  Although the course takes a comprehensive view of US foreign policy in the region its main focus is with respect to US foreign policy towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iran, and Iraq   This course makes extensive use of policy-focused case studies.  Requirements for the course usually include some combination of a test(s); a significant policy paper; and/or a policy brief.  This course counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.

Pol 282  GANDHI 

This course explores the life, political philosophy, and methods utilized by Mohandas Gandhi to prompt political change and to contest colonial domination.  The course will make use of readings and discussions.  It also involves activist learning – all students are required to participate in a group project designed to effect change.  Other requirements of the course include short test(s) as well as a significant individual research paper concerning some aspect of Gandhian thought and practice.  This is a Service Learning course.  The course also counts towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.


This course centers on the development of professional baseball in the US, as well as tracing its development in Japan and Latin America.  The main focus throughout will concern the national, political and social aspects of the game.  It also focuses on aspects of legal and business concerns relevant to the” industry.”   The course makes use of extensive readings, discussions will be strenuously encouraged and films will be shown and discussed.   Requirements include two or more short papers and a research paper.  Students must also sign an affidavit affirming that they are not currently partial to the Boston Red Sox nor owe allegiance to the so-called “Red Sox Nation.”   This course is a freshman seminar.  The course does not count towards the Middle East & South Asia minor.