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Dr. Chris Tenove is a Research Associate and Instructor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and the Assistant Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI), University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a Research Associate at the Global Reporting Centre. He previously held research and teaching positions at UBC’s Political Science department, and as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics and the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Tenove’s resarch examines on the relationship between digital media, politics and policy-making, with a focus on implications for democracy and human rights. He has published peer-reviewed articles in journals such as International Journal of Press/Politics, Political Communication, Political Research Quarterly, and The International Journal of Transitional Justice. His policy reports have tackled topics including social media regulation, cyber-security, and responses to online harassment.

Dr. Tenove received his PhD in Political Science from UBC, with concentrations in Political Theory and International Relations. His doctoral dissertation, Justice and Inclusion in Global Politics: Victim Representation and the International Criminal Court, was supervised by Richard Price and Mark Warren, and supported by funding from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.


(2022). Damage Control: How Campaign Teams Interpret and Respond to Online Incivility. Political Communication. Online First. With Heidi Tworek, Grace A. Lore, Jordan Buffie, and Trevor Devey.

(2022) Complicating the Resilience Model: A Four-Country Study About Misinformation. Media and Communication 10 (3): 169–82. Co-authors Shelley Boulianne and Jordan Buffie.

(2021). Disinformation as a Threat to Deliberative DemocracyPolitical Research Quarterly 74 (3): 703–17. Co-author Spencer McKay.

(2021). Unearthing Grounded Normative Theory: Practices and Commitments of Empirical Research in Political Theory. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 0 (0): 1–27. Co-authors Brooke Ackerly, Luis Cabrera, Fonna Forman, Genevieve Fuji Johnson, and Antje Wiener.

(2020). Protecting Democracy from Disinformation: Normative Threats and Policy ResponsesThe International Journal of Press/Politics 25 (3) 517-537.

(2019). Networking Justice: Digitally-enabled Engagement in Transitional Justice by the Syrian Diaspora. Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(11): 1950–69.

(2019). Online Disinformation and Harmful Speech: Dangers for Democratic Participation and Possible Policy Responses. Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 13: 215–32. (co-author Heidi Tworek)

(2017). Should International Organizations Include Beneficiaries in Decision-making? Arguments for Mediated InclusionGlobal Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. 10 (2):44-65.

(2013). International Criminal Justice as a Transnational Field: Rules, Authority and VictimsInternational Journal of Transitional Justice.  7 (3): 393-412. (Co-author Peter Dixon.)


(forthcoming). “Online Violence Against Women in Politics: Global Trends and the Canadian Experience.” In Gender-Based Violence in Canadian Politics in the #MeToo Era, edited by Tracey Raney and Cheryl N. Collier. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Co-author Gabrielel Bardall.

(2022). Confronting Disinformation: Journalists and the Conflict over Truth in #Elxn43. In Cyber-Threats to Canadian Democracy, edited by Holly Ann Garnett and Michael Pal. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Co-author Stephanie MacLellan.

(2021). Does the International Criminal Court Empower Victims? Power in International Criminal Justice, Eds. Morten Bergsmo et al. (Florence, TOAEP: 2019).

(2013). “Problems and Delays in the Trials of Khmer Rouge Leaders.” Cambodia: Genocide and Persecution Series. Michigan: Greenhaven Publishing. 132-140.


(2022). Online Hate in the Pandemic. Commissioned for the Inquiry into Hate in the Pandemic by British Columbia’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. Co-author Heidi Tworek.

(2020). Trolled on the Campaign Trail: Online Incivility and Abuse in Canadian Politics. Vancouver: Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia. (Co-author: Heidi Tworek).

(2020). Processes, People, and Public Accountability: How to Understand and Address Harmful Communication Online. Ottawa, ON: Public Policy Forum. (Co-author: Heidi Tworek).
* Report for the Canadian Commission on Democratic Expression. Also published by the Centre for Media, Technology and Democracy, University of McGill.

(2020) Tworek, Heidi, Ronan Ó Fathaigh, Lisanne Bruggeman, and Chris Tenove. Dispute Resolution and Content Moderation: Fair, Accountable, Independent, Transparent, and Effective. Amsterdam: Transatlantic High Level Working Group on Content Moderation Online and Freedom of Expression.

(2018). “Poisoning Democracy: How Canada Can Address Harmful Speech Online.” Public Policy Forum, Ottawa. (Co-authors: Heidi Tworek, Fenwick McKelvey.)

(2018). “Digital Threats to Democratic Elections: How Foreign Actors Use Digital Techniques to Undermine Democracy.” Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, University of British Columbia. (Co-authors: Jordan Buffie, Spencer McKay & David Moscrop.)

(2016). “Networking Peace: The Digital Dimensions of Conflict and Peacebuilding.” Department of Global Affairs Canada. (International Policy Ideas Challenge 2016.)

(2013). “International Justice for Victims? Assessing the International Criminal Court from Victims’ Perspectives in Kenya and Uganda.” Waterloo, Canada: Centre for International Governance Innovation.


With Asad Kiyani. (2011). “Fact-Finding without Facts: The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, by Nancy A. Combs. Victims’ Rights and Advocacy at the International Criminal Court, by T. Markus Funk. Rethinking International Criminal Law: Restorative Justice and the Rights of Victims in the International Criminal Court, by Godfrey M. Musila.” International Journal of Transitional Justice 5 (3): 519–529.

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