Kenneth R. Rutherford, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. In his capacity as Director he leads fundraising and strategic planning for CISR, which is recognized as a global leader in international efforts to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war, including rehabilitating post-conflict societies. He oversees a budget of nearly two million dollars funded almost entirely by contracts and grants and a full-time staff of thirteen, around ten student researchers and employing professors on specific overseas projects. He also spearheads collaborative relationships with international institutions, such as the United Nations, global foundations and US Government bureaus involved in post-conflict economic and social activities.
Dr. Rutherford is the author or co-editor of four books, Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines (Praeger, 2010), Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia (Kumarian Press, 2008), Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press, 2004), and Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Politics (Praeger, 2003). He has testified before Congress and the United Nations, and also published more than forty articles in numerous academic and policy journals, including World Politics, Journal of International Politics, Journal of International Law and Policy.
In 2005, Rutherford was recipient of a State Department Fulbright Research Award to Jordan, where he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Jordan, and researched disability rights. Dr. Rutherford co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, and is a renowned leader in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty. Rutherford's story and work has been profiled in Reader's Digest and on television, including the BBC, The View, and Oprah. In August 1997, he escorted Diana, Princess of Wales on her last humanitarian mission to Bosnia.
He is the recipient of the Leadership in International Rehabilitation Award by Northwestern University (1999), United Nations Association-USA humanitarian award by Sir Paul McCartney (2002), “Everyday Hero” award selected as one of twenty-five American "everyday heroes" by United Airlines from more than 6,300 nominations, Survivor’s Award by the Marshal Legacy Institute (2005) and the Human Security Award by the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine (2014). In 2013 Rutherford was included among the "one hundred most influential people in armed violence reduction" by the London-based organization Action on Armed Violence.
Previously, Dr. Rutherford served on the Political Science faculty at Missouri State University, where he was recipient of the Public Affairs Professorship (2009), Outstanding Leadership Award (2007), and the Student Choice Award (2006-2007) "for outstanding service rendered unto the Student Population of Missouri State and for distinction of service to the MSU student body. It's the highest honor that the students can bestow.”
Dr. Rutherford holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and B.A. and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was inducted into it Hall of Fame for distinguished alumni (2004).