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Ken Friesen, Ph.D.

School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences

Education history

  • Ph.D., International Relations, American University, 1999
  • M.A., International Studies, American University, 1992
  • B.A., Fresno Pacific College, 1984


I teach at Fresno Pacific University because I believe in the Fresno Pacific Idea. I believe that we as an institution are called to be a prophetic Christian liberal arts school in the Anabaptist/ Mennonite tradition. I have a passion to help students catch a vision for serving in God's Kingdom and to better understand God's world. I enjoy exploring the world and interacting with other cultures, learning from and appreciating the variety of experiences and ideas around us, and I wish to share this enjoyment with others.

Selected works

  • A History of 50 Years of Mennonite Central Committee Service in Vietnam: 1954 - 2004, published in English and Vietnamese by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Vietnam publication for 50th anniversary celebration of MCC Vietnam, August 2004
  • "Working with the 'Ascending Dragon': MCC and the Role of Civil Society in Vietnam Today," in MCC Peace Office Newsletter, January-March 2003
  • "Civil Society in the Land of the Ascending Dragon," in Local Ownership, Global Change: Will Civil Society Save the World, edited by Roland Hoksbergen and Lowell M. Ewert, published by World Vision International, 2002
  • "Damming the Mekong: Plans and Paradigms for Developing the River from 1951-1995," unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, American University, 1999

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