Department of Political Studies


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Kyle Hanniman

B.A. (St. Thomas); Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C327
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x74775

Research Interests

Kyle’s research interests include comparative federalism, political economy, public debt and Canadian politics. He is writing a book on fiscal federalism and government default risk. His commentary has appeared in the Globe and Mail and National Post.

Brief Biography

Kyle Hanniman is an assistant professor of political studies. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012 and his B.A. at St. Thomas University in 2006. Before coming to Queen’s, he was a policy associate at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre; a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance; and a visiting researcher at the European University Institute.

Selected Publications

forthcoming. Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, Mowat Centre, with Rob Dorling

2015. A Good Crisis: Canadian Municipal Credit Conditions After the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy, IMFG Papers on Municipal Finance and Governance

2015. Can Credit Markets Promote Municipal Fiscal Health? in E. Slack and R. Bird (editors), Measuring Urban Fiscal Health, The Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance,

2015. Calm counsel: Fiscal federalism and provincial credit risk, The Mowat Centre,

2013. Provinces in the Credit Markets: Market Discipline and the New Classic Federalism, in B. Doern and C. Stoney (editors), How Ottawa Spends, Queens-McGill University Press,

Commentary and Blog Posts

2015. Why municipal borrowing is no crisis in waiting. The Globe and Mail, available here:

2015. What if a province goes the way of Greece? National Post, available here:

2015. Where are the hardest places to live in Canada? TLDR Blog, Mowat Centre, with Nevena Dragicevic, Mark Jarvis, Rob Dorling and Emma Tarswell, available at: