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Kenneth Rutherford, Ph.D
LSN Co-founder and Associate Professor, Missouri State University
Member LSN Board of Directors

Ken Rutherford is Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University, where he teaches international relations, international organization and American Citizenship and Democracy. On December 16, 1993, while working as a credit union training officer in southwestern Somalia, he lost both his legs when his vehicle ran over a landmine. Since his accident, he has traveled worldwide to speak out in favor of a ban and to raise awareness of the mass suffering caused by these weapons.

Dr. Rutherford has testified before congress and published articles on the landmine issue in numerous academic and policy journals, including World Politics, International Journal of World Peace, Journal of International Politics, Nonproliferation Review, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, International Journal of Grey Literature, American Bar Association Update on Law Education, Journal of Transnational Associations and the United Nations Landmines Journal. He also has articles forthcoming in Security Dialogue and the Journal of International Law and Policy. His book, Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines is forthcoming by MIT Press and published as part of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He has worked in Africa for the Peace Corps (Mauritania), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (Senegal), and International Rescue Committee (Kenya and Somalia).

He received his doctorate in Government from Georgetown University in 2000 and MBA from University of Colorado in 1993. Dr. Rutherford and his wife, Kimberly, have three sons, Hayden, Campbell and Duncan, and one daughter, Lucie.

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