Short Bio of Spekaer
Dr. Kenneth Holland is Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Center for International Development at Ball State University, USA. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, M.A. in Government and International Relations from the University of Virginia and B.A. in Political Science from Furman University. He has held previous academic positions at Luther College, the University of Wisconsin - Madison, the University of Vermont, the University of Memphis and Kansas State University. He has been a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Japan and the University of Calgary in Canada and a Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He is the winner of three research awards and has published 8 books and more than 60 refereed articles and edited five special issues of internationally known journals. Dr. Holland is the immediate Past President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. Dr. Holland specializes in strengthening the rule of law in developing countries and has been involved with the democratic transition in Burma since February 2013, when he participated in the first official visit of higher education leaders from the United States to Burma. In 2015, Dr. Holland spent six weeks in Yangon as a Fulbright Specialist. Dr. Holland has been working with public universities in Myanmar and with the Myanmar Ministry of Education to help institutions of higher education overcome more than 50 years of isolation and to connect with universities and nongovernmental organizations around the world. He has also assisted the Yangon School of Political Science, a civil society organization founded by former political prisoners, in establishing the Myanmar Political Science Association to help re-introduce political science as an academic discipline, banned by the military regime in 1962.