Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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LeuprechtC2009.jpgChristian Leuprecht

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Economics
Royal Military College of Canada

Research Statement (59 kB)

Christian Leuprecht is associate professor of political science and public policy at the Royal Military College of Canada. He holds cross-appointments to the Department of Political Studies as well as the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University where he is also adjunct chair of Defence Management Studies, a Fellow at both the Institute for Intergovernmental Relations the Queen's Centre for International Relations. He is a recurring visiting professor and research associate at the Swedish National Defence College and has held fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Pennsylvania's and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. He holds a Ph.D. from Queen?s University, a D.É.A. from the Institut d'Études Politiques at the Université Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, and Master's degrees in political science and French from the University of Toronto where he also read for his B.A. (Hons.).

His institutional collaborating partners include the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, the Forum of Federations, Canada's Department of National Defence and Defence Research and Development Canada, Public Safety Canada, Citizenship and Immigration -- notably as part of the Metropolis project's new pillar on security, justice, and policing -- and a number of other departments and agencies that are part of the Government of Canada. Abroad he is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland, the European Academy, the European Centre for Federalism Studies, the Austrian Institute for European and Security Studies and he works regularly with the Bertelsmann Foundation. He is the Secretary and Treasurer of the International Political Science Association's Research Committee 16 on socio-political pluralism as well as the associate editor (political science) of the McGill-Queen's University Press' Queen's Policy Studies Series.

Much of his work focus on the political implications of demographic change, especially insofar as it affects the security sector, internecine conflict and violence, as well as democratic, federal, and multi-level governance. He has thus far held $1 million of extra-mural funding. He is a co-investigator in the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) on Ethnicity and Democratic Governance (EDG) with funding of $2.5 million by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the demographic advisor to the Canadian Forces' "Army of Tomorrow: 2021" and the "Army 2040" futures projects.

His publications have appeared in English, German, and French. In addition to several books, he has written over two dozen articles and chapters for a wide range of scholarly and general-audience publications, including Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, Policy Options, the Environmental Change and Security Report, Public Integrity, the Canadian Review for Studies in Nationalism, and Zeitschift für Kanada Studien. He appears regularly in national and local print, radio, and television media in both English and French.

His publications and details on his research interests and current research are available at


  • Ethnic conflict in Mauritius
  • Post-conflict reconstruction in Bosnia- Herzegovina
  • Political implications of demographic changes, especially insofar as they affect the security sector
  • Conflict, democratic governance, and federalism
  • Managing diversity in the armed forces
  • Federalism and federal governance
  • Public, and fiscal policy
  • Ethnic conflict, relationship between federal governance in multinational countries and the security sector
  • Defence management in small-island states
  • Post-conflict reconstruction