Keith G. Banting

Queen's University Queen's University

Keith G. Banting, CM FRSC


School of Policy Studies and
Department of Political Studies

Keith Banting is the Stauffer Dunning Fellow and Professor Emeritus in 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.

He is the author or editor of twenty books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His publications have been translated in seven languages, and he has received a number of important awards. In 2004, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.

In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm University, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Background: Professor Banting earned his BA (Hon) from Queen’s University and his doctorate from Oxford University. He taught for thirteen years at the University of British Columbia, before returning to Queen’s. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, Oxford University, the European University Institute, University of Melbourne, and Stockholm University.

Social Policy: In the field of social policy, Dr. Banting is the author of Poverty, Politics and Policy (Macmillan) and The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Recently, he edited (with John Myles) Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics (UBC Press 2013). He and John Myles are also the authors of “Framing the New Inequality: The Politics of Income Redistribution in Canada,” in David Green, Craig Riddell and France St-Hilaire, eds., Income Inequality: the Canadian Story (IRPP 2016).

Multiculturalism: In the field of multiculturalism, Professor Banting is the editor (with Will Kymlicka) of The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies (Oxford University Press 2017). Earlier, he and Professor Kymlicka edited Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies (Oxford University Press 2016). He also edited (with Thomas Courchene and Leslie Seidle) Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada (Institute for Research on Public Policy). Recent articles include "Is There Really a Retreat from Multiculturalism Policies? New Evidence from the Multiculturalism Policy Index", Comparative European Politics, 2013 (with Will Kymlicka), and “Ethnoreligious Identity, Immigration and Redistribution,” Journal of Experimental Political Science, 2017 (with Stuart Soroka and others).

In addition, Professor Banting is the co-director, along with Will Kymlicka, of the Multiculturalism Policy Index project, which monitors the evolution of multiculturalism policies across the Western democracies. The MCP Index project is designed to provide information about multiculturalism policies in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of state-minority relations - see

Appointments: Professor Banting has played a variety of leadership roles during his career. At Queen’s, he has been an associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1989-92) and Director of the School of Policy Studies (1992-2003). He was appointed to the governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1986-1992), and for the last two years was Vice President of the Council. He also served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association (2009-2010). He is currently a member of the editorial board of several international journals and the board of directors of research institutes in Canada and abroad.

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