Department of Political Studies


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Edwin Black

B.A. (Western Ontario); M.A. (UBC); Ph.D. (Duke) 


Edwin R. Black joined Queen’s in 1967 after earning degrees from the University of Western Ontario, the University of British Columbia, and Duke University, and teaching at UBC. He has published books and articles on federalism, Canadian politics, political communications, and public administration. An 18-month leave period allowed him to join the staff of the House of Commons, where he set up and directed the Research Office of the Official Opposition. Later, as director of Queen’s School of Public Administration, he set up the Master of Public Administration program for working public servants. A long-time member of McGill-Queen’s University Press, he played organizational roles with the Centre for Resource Studies, the Institute for Inter-Governmental Relations, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. A past president of the Canadian Political Science Association, he served as head of the Department of Political Studies and retired from Queen’s in 1994. After retirement, Ed went West to spend several years helping the University of Northern British Columbia to get started, then settled in Kitchener-Waterloo. There he is happy, serving as an adjunct professor in the University of Waterloo's Political Science department, continues to serve on the editorial board of the CJPS, fiddles a lot helping seniors with their computers, organizes district senior summer games and terrorizes others on area golf course