Renato Fakhoury is a Ph.D. Student in Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, MA, where he also acts as an Instructor of Record and Research Assistant for the Department of Political Science. Renato’s research focuses on Arctic security, the intersections between identity and narratives, Securitization Theory and Ontological Security Studies. He has been awarded the Bradford Morse Award in International Relations twice by the Department of Political Science at UMass Lowell, and he received the award of Best Paper in International Security in 2018 at the III Research Symposium in International Relations, hosted by UNESP, Brazil, for his article on the militarization of the South China Sea.
Before coming to the United States, Renato received his BA in International Relations from Sao Paulo State University, in Brazil. During his bachelor’s, he worked as a volunteer in organizing Model-UN and Model-OAS conferences for high school students, helping them in areas such as public speaking and argument development. He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, and is working towards his fluency in Russian. Outside of academia, Renato loves exploring new places with his little dog, Alaska.