Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity
Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity

People at CSDD

  Director of the Centre  |  Fellows of the Centre  |  Associate Members  |  Emerging Scholars


Margaret Moore
Professor, Department of Political Studies
PhD (London)

Margaret MooreMargaret Moore is Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen’s University, where she teaches political philosophy. She is the author of A Political Theory of Territory (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), which was the winner of the 2017 Best Book prize by the Canadian Philosophical Association; short-listed for the CB mcpherson prize 2016 by the Canadian Political Science Association; and runner-up (Honourable Mention) for the International Studies ASSociations Ethics book prize 2016. She has published two earlier books, both with Oxford University Press: Foundations of Liberalism and Ethics of Nationalism, as well as edited or co-edited three volumes and a special journal issue. She has written articles in journals such as Political Theory, Political Studies, Philosophical Studies, International Theory, Journal of Social Philosophy and Ethics & International Affairs. Her current work is on norms of the international system, such as sovereignty, human rights, boundary-drawing, and territorial claims. She currently holds a SSHRCC Insight grant on corrective justice and land.

Current Projects:
Corrective Justice and Land


Keith Banting, Fellow | Policy Studies/Political StudiesKeith Banting
Professor Emeritus


Keith Banting is the Stauffer Dunning Fellow and Professor Emeritusin the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies. His research interests focus on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. He has had a long-standing interest in the politics of social policy, and has recently extended this research to include ethnic diversity, immigration and multiculturalism [read more...]

Current Projects: 
The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities (with Zsuzsa Csergo (PI) and John McGarry)
Mapping the Terrain (with Beesan Sarrouh)
The Multiculturalism Policy Index (with Will Kymlicka)

Kathy Brock | Policy StudiesKathy Brock


Dr. Kathy L. Brock is a Professor, School of Policy Studies and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, current Past-President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, and past National Research Chair for the Institute of Programs in Public Administration. She has published books, academic articles and reports on nonprofit and voluntary organizations, Canadian and comparative politics and government, federalism and constitutional matters, and Aboriginal governance and issues. [read more...]



Zsuzsa Csergo | Political StudiesZsuzsa Csergo
Associate Professor


Professor Zsuzsa Csergő specializes in the study of nationalism in contemporary European politics, with particular focus on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. Professor Csergő is the President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). She is currently working on a comparative project about minority integration in the enlarged European Union [read more...]

Current Projects: 
The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities (with Keith Banting and John McGarry)


David G. Haglund | Political StudiesDavid Haglund


David's research interests include American foreign policy, transatlantic relations, Canada-US relations, and Canadian foreign policy. His recently published book, Ethnic Diasporas and the Canada-United States Security Community: From the Civil War to Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), explores the impact of Irish, German, and Muslim diasporas upon North American security relations [read more...]


Oded Haklai | Political StudiesOded Haklai
Associate Professor


Oded Haklai has conducted research projects on the politics of settlers and territorial disputes, state-minority relations, and Israeli politics. His broader research interests include the politics of nationalism and ethnicity and Middle East politics. His book, Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel (U Pennsylvania Press, 2011), was awarded the 2012 Shapiro Award for best book in Israel Studies [read more...]

Will Kymlicka | Political StudiesWill Kymlicka
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy


Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen's University. His research interests focus on issues of democracy and diversity, and in particular on models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 32 languages, and has received several awards, most recently the 2009 Premier's Discovery Award in the Social Sciences [read more...]

Current Projects:
The Multiculturalism Policy Index (with Keith Banting)


Andrew Lister | Political StudiesAndrew Lister
Associate Professor


Andrew Lister specializes in contemporary political theory, with secondary interests in the history of Western political thought and the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences. He is an Honorary Fellow for the 2016 fall term at the Hoover Chair in Social and Economic Ethics at the Université Catholique de Louvain [read more...]


John McGarry | Political StudiesJohn McGarry
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy


McGarry’s academic work is mainly concerned with the design of political institutions in deeply divided places. He is particularly interested in power-sharing, federalism and other forms of territorial autonomy, but has also worked on the relationship between European integration and minority rights. Professor McGarry is currently the lead advisor on power-sharing and governance in the UN backed negotiations in Cyprus. In 2016, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.  [read more...]

Current Projects: 
The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities (with Zsuzsa Csergo (PI) & Keith Banting) 


Jonathan Rose | Political StudiesJonathan Rose
Associate Professor


Jonathan Rose's research interests include Canadian Politics, mass media, political communication, political advertising, propaganda. More recently he has been interested in the practice of deliberative democracy and the demands such experiments make on citizens and governments [read more...]


Christine Sypnowich | PhilosophyChristine Sypnowich


Christine Sypnowich is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s University.  Her work centres on questions of equality, human wellbeing, justice and the rule of law. Before coming to Queen’s in 1990 as a Queen’s National Scholar, Christine taught in Europe at the Universities of Oxford, Leeds and Leiden, and in North America at the University of California, San Diego, and York University [read more...]


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Associate Members

George Anderson, Advisor | UNGeorge Anderson

George R.M. Anderson currently advises the UN, the World Bank and NGOs on constitutional transitions, notably relating to political devolution and to natural resources. He was an expert member of the 2012-13 stand-by team of the Mediation Support Unit, United Nations, and rejoined the team from October 2015 to February 2016. George is currently co-editing Constitutional Transitions and Territorial Cleavages (OUP, forthcoming 2017). He is also a trustee emeritus of Queen’s University and a member of board of advisors for the Mowat Centre, University of Toronto. [read more...]

Stephanie Chouinard | RMCStéphanie Chouinard
Assistant Professor


Stéphanie Chouinard is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at Royal Military College (Kingston). She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Ottawa, for which she was awarded a Vanier Scholarship and a fellowship from the Baxter & Alma Ricard foundation. Her research interests focus on the relationship between courts and minorities in democratic systems, and particularly the Supreme Court of Canada's impact on the evolution of official-language rights and Aboriginal self-determination rights [read more...]


Stephen Larin | Institute for Minority RightsStephen Larin
Senior Researcher, Institute for Minority Rights, EURAC research


Stephen Larin's fields of research involve comparative politics and political theory, specializing in the study of nationalism, human migration, and related issues. From 2012–13 he was an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. His current research focuses on the relationship between majority nationalism and immigrant integration, especially the turn toward 'civic integration' policies in Europe [read more...]


Beesan Sarrouh | PhD Queens University​Beesan Sarrouh
Visiting Scholar, Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies (RCIS)


Beesan Sarrouh is a Visiting Scholar at the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement Studies (RCIS) at Ryerson University. She is also a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University, where she teaches a graduate seminar on the politics of immigration and integration in Western Europe and North America. Beesan recently completed her PhD in Political Studies at Queen's. Her research focuses on integration policies, religious diversity, and institutional accommodation in comparative perspective. 

Current Projects: 
Mapping the Terrain (with Keith Banting)

Marie-Joelle Zahar | Université de MontréalMarie-Joelle Zahar
Scientific Director, Réseau de recherche sur les opérations de paix, CÉRIUM


Marie-Joelle Zahar specializes in militias, and studies the ways non-state armed groups organize themselves and the territory under their control, and manage their relations with civilians living in these territories. More generally, Marie-Joelle's research concerns conflict resolution and peace consolidation. She recently examined the impact of programs to promote democracy as part of peace consolidation operations and international assistance for organizing and holding elections in post-conflict situations. [read more...]

Current Projects:
Beyond Democratic Symbolism: elections as a tool of conflict-management in war-to-peace transitions, Université de Montréal

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Emerging Scholar Members of the Centre

Dalal Daoud | Political Studies
Dalal Daoud
Doctoral Candidate


Dalal Daoud’s research interests include politics of ethnicity and nationalism, minority-state relations, political Islam, MENA politics; and African politics.

Maria Krause | Political Studies
Maria Krause
Doctoral Candidate


Maria specializes in the study of ethnic politics and reconciliation. Her doctoral research is a cross-case comparison of state-level reconciliatory policy in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda, and their effect on interethnic relationship between young people. Using an ethnographic approach, she has recently completed nearly six months of fieldwork in Bosnia and is in the midst of conducting her fieldwork in Rwanda.  Maria is currently working as an RA for the CSDD.

Dilan Okcuoglu | Political Studies
Dilan Okcuoglu
Doctoral Candidate


Dilan’s research focuses on the perceived imperatives of territorial control on the part of the state and its political effects on other policies and practices of the state aimed at the political inclusion of Kurds through democratization and integration. Based on approximately two years of field research in Turkey, half of which was in the borderlands, her thesis questions the limits of centrally designed policies for minority accommodation in conflict-ridden countries.

Sara Pavan | Political Studies
Sara Pavan
Doctoral Candidate


In her current research, Sara examines the behavioral and attitudinal dimensions of immigrants' political integration, in Canada and the United States. Her area of concentration is Comparative Politics, with a geographical focus on North America. Sara instructs and tutors students in Research Methods and Comparative Politics at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Jacob Kanter | Political Studies
Jacob Robbins-Kanter 
Jacob studies Canadian and Comparative politics, with a specialization in federalism, political communications, and Canadian party politics. His current research focuses on the political effects of linguistic and regional diversity, examining how parties frame election campaign messages in English and French.

Philippe Roseberry | Political Studies
Philippe Roseberry
Doctoral Candidate


Philippe is involved in two research projects on ethnic and national minorities in divided societies. He is a collaborator in the SSHRC Insight Grant funded project The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities which analyses the interaction of historical communities and immigrant arrival in ethnically divided cities. He is also a co-researcher in Territorial Self-Governance in Europe, a project that seeks to explain the granting of territorial autonomy to ethnonational minorities in Europe since 1945. A first output of the project has been accepted for publication in Publius: the Journal of Federalism.

Samantha Twietmeyer | Political Studies
Samantha Twietmeyer
Doctoral Candidate


Samantha's research focuses on the role of external interveners and third-parties in conflict settlement processes within diverse and divided societies. She is an RA for the The Politics of Complex Diversity in Contested Cities project, working on the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Gregory Whitfield
Gregory Whitfield
Post-Doctoral Fellow


Gregory work's on issues in normative political theory and social science methodology, attempting to bring the two together in interesting ways. He is currently working on a book project on the topic of political manipulation in contemporary theory. The animating concern is that liberal democratic societies lack the principled resources to address the justice and legitimacy of non-coercive and surreptitious interference with group and individual decisionmaking.

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