David M Kirkham, Associate Professor

Department: Political Science

Email: kirkhamd@law.byu.edu

Office: Brigham Young University London Centre

Phone: 001-144-7730


David Kirkham is an associate professor in the BYU Department of Political Science and Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy at the BYU Law School International Center for Law and Religion Studies. He came to BYU in July 2007 from the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he served as Associate Dean and Professor of International Politics and Democratic Studies. David has also been an Associate Professor of History, Director of International History, and Director of International Plans and Programs at the United States Air Force Academy. He conducted international negotiations and diplomatic activities for several years for the US Government and United Nations, including as Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva (with duties primarily in Africa). He has lived fifteen years of his adult life in five European countries (Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium) and officially represented the United States and the UN in more than forty nations on six continents. He began his career in the early 1980's with a five-year law practice for the US Air Force in England and in Washington, D.C. He speaks French and German and holds a Ph.D. from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School. David is married to the former Judith Hunter, and they are the parents of eight children.

Research Interests

State responses to religious minorities, Islam in Europe, the intellectual origins of American and European constitutionalism, and the origins and development of human rights.

Recent Publications

  • Kirkham, D. (2013). State Responses to Minority Religions. .
  • Durham, W., & Kirkham, D. (2012). Islam and Political-Cultural Europe. In . Surrey: Ashgate Publishers.
  • Durham, W., & Kirkham, D. (2012). Islam, Europe and Emerging Legal Issues. Surrey: Ashgate Publishers.
  • Durham, W., & Kirkham, D. (2010). Etats-Unis. Dictionnaire du Droit des Religions.