Political Science

The program covers the following subjects:

  • indigenous politics, with indigenous faculty members in two different subfields
  • critical political theory and identity politics
  • democratic theory and practise
  • political behaviour, parties and elections
  • comparative public policy and institutions
  • migration, social diversity, and identity
  • environmental politics
  • international norms, institutions and goverance, and human security.

Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Arneil, Barbara Identity politics, history of political thought
Baier, Gerald Canadian politics, federalism, constitutional law, courts, federal-provincial relations, Constitution, federalism and public law in Canada
Baum, Bruce Political Culture, Society and Ideology; critical social theory; feminist theory; critical hermeneutics; issues of cross-cultural interpretation; American political thought and cultural politics; political theories of Mill and Marx; philosophy of political inquiry; liberal and democratic theory
Byers, Michael International Law; International Cooperation; international relations; international law; oceans; Arctic; space; war
Cameron, Maxwell Political Regimes (Democracy, Monarchy, Federalism, Parliamentarism, etc.); Social Organization and Political Systems; Comparative Politics; Latin America; Democratization; Practical wisdom
Chowdhury, Arjun Failed states, intervention, civil war, autocrats, revolution.
Coleman, Katharina Pichler International organizations, international relations, international security/peace operations, interntional rules, noms and legitimacy, sun-Saharan Africa
Coulthard, Glen First Nations politics – national; political theory
Cruz, Cesi political economy, focusing on the interplay between electoral incentives and development outcomes in consolidating democracies. Her research uses quantitative and qualitative methods, social network analysis, surveys, and field experiments
Cutler, Frederick Canadian Politics, Political Parties, Elections, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, Research Methodology and Statistics, Contemporary Political and Democratic Theory, American Politics
Dauvergne, Peter Refugee law, Immigration law, citizenship law, Global governance and emerging powers, environmental politics, asian
Doberstein, Carey Political science and policy administration; Agencies and arms-length bodies in Canada; Public servant behavior in Canada; How citizens engage with government as part of local consultations and public engagement; Homelessness (politics, governance, policy)
Ellermann, Antje Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Migratory Flows; Public Policies; Identity and Transnationality; Role of Governments and Institutions; Migration and Citizenship; Comparative Public Policy
Harrison, Kathryn Canadian politics, environmental politics, environmental policy, climate change, global warming, climate change policy, Canadian public policy
Huebner, Kurt European integration; euro and global currency regimes; international trade and fdi; sustainability and innovation policies; global macroeconomics;European politics, Money and currency regimes, politics and economics of European integration as well as on contradictions and complementarities of sustainability and international competitiveness
Jacobs, Alan Michael Social Organization and Political Systems; Political economy; Public Policy; public opinion; economic inequality; Research Methodology
Janara, Laura Language and symbolism especially in gendered and familial thinking, politcal theory
Jeong, Gyung-Ho Social Organization and Political Systems; US politics; Congress; Legislative Politics; Foreign Policy; Trade Policy; Immigration Policy; Public Choice
Job, Brian international relations of Asia Pacific countries, especially political/security matters; Canadian political/security interests and policies vis-a-vis Asia, International security, liu institute
Jurkevics, Anna critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought
Kam, Christopher Nature and evolution of parliamentary democracy, historical development of institutions
La Selva, Samuel Political theory, legal philosophy
Li, Xiaojun international and comparative political economy with a focus on China; Does Conditionality Still Work? China
Lightfoot, Sheryl First Nations, international relations
Ostwald, Kai comparative politics; ethnic politics, public policy, and the politics of development
Price, Richard International Cooperation; international relations; Ethics and World Politics; International Relations Theory; Global Norms; Moral Psychology
Quirk, Paul United States Politics, US Politics, American Politics, Congress, Presidency, US elections, US politics
Sundstrom, Lisa nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), global activism, human rights, Democratization, authoritarianism, civil society, Russian/ post-Communist politics, Western aid, and NGOs in global politics
Tiberghien, Yves global politics
Tupper, Allan Canadian Politics, Western Canadian Politics, Government Ethics, Public Administration, Canadian Politics and Government, Public Management, Public Policy and Western Canadian politics
Warren, Mark Democratic theory
Weaver, Michael Politics of violence; Ethnic politics and media; Causes and consequences of ethnic violence; Lynching; Legitimacy of state and non-state violence
Wright, Matthew Political psychology; Political behaviour; immigration; Immigration Policy; migration; public opinion; National identity; American politics; Comparitive politics
Zhou, Yang-Yang Comparative Politics; migration; refugees; National identity; Conflict; Development; Experiments


Leah Shipton

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (PhD)