Randall Hansen

Randall Hansen is a political scientist and historian at the University of Toronto, where he has held a Canada Research Chair in Political Science since 2005. He is the Director of the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and is jointly appointed to the School of Public Policy and Governance. Hansen taught at the Queen Mary University of London and the University of Oxford (where he was a tutorial fellow at Merton College) before taking up his current position. He will become the Interim Director of the Munk School effective June 1, 2017.

His fields of research are migration and citizenship, eugenics and population policy, and the effect of war on civilian populations. He has authored three books, ''Citizenship and Immigration in Postwar Britain'', ''Fire and Fury: the Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-1945'', and ''Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after Valkyrie''.

Hansen was co-editor (with Matthew J. Gibney) of ''Immigration and Asylum: From 1900 to the Present''. He is co-author (with Desmond King) of ''Sterilized by the State: Eugenics, Race and the Population Scare in 20th Century North America''.

''Fire and Fury'' was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2009. Additionally, he has contributed numerous articles to academic journals.

In 2018, sales of ''Fire and Fury'' surged upon the publication of Michael Wolff's best-selling book of the same title about the Presidency of Donald Trump. Some people bought Hansen's book by mistake, while others became aware of it because of the publicity over the Wolff book. ''The Guardian'' reported Hansen's reaction to the interest in his book about the consequences of war:

"And we’re talking about that at a moment when we have this warmongering, unstable, deranged demagogue in the White House," he said. "So that coincidence actually makes me happier than the sales."

Hansen will be the interim director the Munk School of Global Affairs for the period June 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019, succeeding Stephen Toope.
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