Justin Canfil
2017, NEFP
PhD Candidate, Columbia University



Justin K. Canfil is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He specializes in International Relations, researching topics at the nexus of international law and security studies. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Reopening Closed Doors: Technological Shocks & the Reinterpretation of International Obligations,” investigates the evolving relationship between military innovation, legal doctrine, and foreign/defense policy. He is particularly interested in the politics of new operational domains, such as space and cyber.

Prior to Columbia, Justin worked as an international affairs and political professional. He has held a public policy fellowship in the US Congress, where he worked for a member of the US House Subcommittee on Science, Technological, and Emerging Threats; served as an operative on several political campaigns, co-coordinated a White House ONDCP-DFC educational grant, and managed Track II public diplomatic programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State at the Council on World Affairs in Cleveland. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, he studied law as a visiting student at the University of Oxford in 2010 and was jointly enrolled at Columbia Law School in 2015-2016 in pursuit of a specialized minor.


International Law and Institutions, Conflict, Cyber