Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies
Department of Political Science
Université du Québec à Montréal
Research Statement (86 kB) is Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies and professor of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University (1978), and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Carleton University in 1983.
He is a founding member of the Research Group on Multinational Societies (1995-) and is director of an emerging research centre on diversity (CRIDAQ : Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec) that brings together thirty researchers. Gagnon has also served as Director of the Quebec Studies Program at McGill University from 1992 to 2003.
He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in Kingston, a think tank devoted to understanding federal-provincial relations in Canada, and sits on several editorial boards. He is the editor of Débats, an established book collection with Quebec Amérique, that already counts more than 10 titles. Gagnon has held visiting appointments at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, the Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux and the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Gagnon's research and writing has concentrated on Quebec and Canadian politics, with a special emphasis on multinational federalism, nationalism, identity politics, and party politics. More recently, Gagnon has explored normative approaches and theories to better account for federal societies in the Western world.
Born in Quebec, Gagnon studied in Quebec City, Vancouver, Ottawa and taught in Barcelona, Bordeaux, Montreal, Kingston and Ottawa. He is married and has one child.