My desire to affect change is clear in my interest in third world political development, particularly in areas of human rights, self-determination, and indigenous movements. Globalization and widespread immigration have necessitated more acute studies of how culturally diverse societies can be effectively governed at the state and sub-national levels. The 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and fluctuating definitions of self-determination are indicative of a growing desire among the international community to recognize the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ rights and their inclusion or separation from states. Through my research in New Caledonia, I aim to understand how decision-makers, indigenous leaders, and minority groups can work together to create effective systems of governance for plural societies.
Although my current interests are focused on political development in the context of multicultural governance and marginalized groups, I also have an interest in: popular geopolitics, the nexus between citizen journalism and social media, and the efficacy of peacekeeping missions.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
(in progress) Korson, C. Political agency and citizen journalism: Twitter as a tool of evaluation. Submitted to Professional Geographer.
(in press) Korson, C. Review of Democracy and Human Rights in Multicultural Societies. Matthais Koenig and Paul de Guchteneire (eds). 2007. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing Company. Submitted to National Identities.
Korson, C. 2012. The Voice behind the Microphone: Media Systems and United Nations Peacekeeping in Haiti and Côte d'Ivoire (Master's thesis).
- Critical Geopolitics
- Francophone Regions
- Political Development
- Indigenous Rights
University of New Caledonia, LARJE, Visiting Researcher
French Colonial Historical Society, Member