James Horncastle

Graduate Chair, Assistant Professor, Edward and Emily McWhinney Professor in International Relations
Global Humanities

Areas of interest

Refugee and migration studies, modern history of Greece, international relations, Yugoslav studies, and identity formation.


  • PhD, History, Simon Fraser University
  • MA, History, University of New Brunswick
  • BA, History, St. Thomas University


James Horncastle was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. After attending St. Thomas University, he was inspired by its emphasis on liberal arts education, which he applied to his Masters studies at the University of New Brunswick, where he examined the social, political and military dimensions of Yugoslavia’s collapse in the 1990s. Upon completion of his Masters at the University of New Brunswick, he set out for doctoral studies at Simon Fraser University, where he examined the Macedonian Question in the Greek Civil War. After serving as a limited-term appointment at Simon Fraser University for three years, he joined the Hellenic Studies Program as the inaugural holder of the Edward and Emily McWhinney Professorship in International Relations.