Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies


Class of 2013

Edward Koning (PhD 2013) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph, where he teaches research methods, social policy, and European politics. His research focuses on the politics of immigrant integration in Western democracies. He has recent publications in Canadian Public Policy, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Comparative Political Studies.

Erin Tolley (PhD 2013) earned her PhD from Queen's University where she was a Trudeau Foundation Scholar and SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. Her research interests include: Canadian politics; public policy; media and politics; race and politics; gender and politics; and immigration, multiculturalism and citizenship. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation research, which examines how race affects the media's portrayal of candidates in Canadian politics. In addition, she is engaged in two separate projects on immigration and multiculturalism policy. Prior to joining UTM, Erin worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the federal government, most recently at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She is the co-editor of Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies (MQUP 2012), Immigration, Integration and Inclusion in Ontario Cities (MQUP 2012), Immigrant Settlement Policy in Canadian Municipalities (MQUP 2011), Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada (MQUP 2011), and Electing a Diverse Canada: The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities and Women (UBC Press 2008). Her article, "Do Women 'Do Better' in Municipal Politics? Representation Across Three Levels of Government" appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and was short-listed for the John McMenemy Prize in 2012.

Class of 2012
Rémi Léger (PhD 2012) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. His research and teaching focuses on language rights and policies in Canada and Europe as well as on the impact of new public governance on state-minority relations. ​
Class of 2011
Alan Bloomfield (PhD 2011) completed his PhD dissertation in November 2011, which presented a new model of strategic cultural foreign policy analysis, illustrated by an examination of 100 years of Australian defence and strategic policy. He then spent two years teaching at Queen’s overseas study campus, the BISC, located in Herstmonceux Castle, UK: courses included the first year introduction to politics and third year courses on Middle East Politics and security Studies. He has recently returned home to Australia, to the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He is the Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, a research-intensive position, and he is pursuing several lines of research, including: analysis of Australian grand strategy in response to China’s rise; Indian foreign policy, especially its position on the responsibility to protect (R2P) doctrine; and theoretical investigations of norm dynamics, focused on resistance to R2P.
Class of 2010
Justin Massie (PhD 2010) is Assistant Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, as well as Associate Researcher at the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Foreign and Defence Policy (UQÀM). His PhD dissertation, supervised by David G. Haglund, evaluated France’s importance in Canadian strategic culture. He is the author of many scholarly articles, published in Journal of Transatlantic Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies, Études internationales, Policy Options, Revue internationale d’études canadiennes, Québec Studies, Canadian Foreign Policy, and International Journal.
Class of 2009

Siobhan Byrne (PhD '09) joined the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta in July 2009 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the John Hume Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland in June 2009. Siobhan’s teaching and research focuses on gender and international relations and peace and post-conflict studies.

Anna Drake (PhD ’09) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo where she teaches political theory and gender and politics. Her dissertation, which critiques the inclusion framework of deliberative democracy and develops a normative response to protest situated in a broader deliberative framework, was supervised by Margaret Moore and is now a manuscript titled Contemporary Political Theory, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, and with UBC Press, and has collaborated with Allison McCulloch on the question of how to facilitate substantive inclusion in deeply divided societies.

Emmett Macfarlane (PhD ’09) completed his PhD in 2009 at Queen’s University. From 2009-2011, he undertook a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship as an Associate of the Canada Program at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (2009-10) and as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (2010-11). His research explores the relationships between rights, governance, and public policy, with a particular focus on the Supreme Court of Canada’s impact on public policy and political discourse under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. His current research examines legislative responses to court rulings on rights and the implications these interactions have for policy change, institutional relationships, and the meaning of the Constitution. Other active projects include an examination of the complexities of including social and welfare rights under the Charter as well as a comparative study of bills of rights in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Professor Macfarlane's book, Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role, was published in 2013 by UBC Press.

Allison McCulloch (PhD ’09) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brandon University where she teaches in the areas of International Politics and Comparative Politics. Her dissertation, supervised by John McGarry, was a comparative analysis of consociationalism and centripetalism in deeply divided societies. A revised version of her dissertation will be published in the Routledge Security and Governance Series as Power-Sharing and Political Stability in Deeply Divided Societies in 2014. She has also published in Ethnopolitics, Democratization, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, International Peacekeepingand Contemporary Political Theoryand has collaborated with fellow alumnae, Siobhan Byrne and Anna Drake.

Class of 2008

Dimitrios Panagos (PhD '08) took up a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science, Memorial University in July 2010. Panagos was previously the Ontario Early Researcher Award Post-doctoral Fellow at Queen's University (supervised by Andrew Grant). Panagos studies contemporary political theory, identity politics and Aboriginal politics. He has published research on aboriginality, Aboriginal title and Aboriginal voting behaviour. He is currently working on a book on Aboriginal rights in Canada. He is also engaged in a number of collaborative research projects focused on, first, First Nations and the governance of mineral resources in Canada and, second, the participation of Aboriginal peoples in Canadian elections.

Class of 2007

John Cappucci (MA'07) has been named the 2017-2018 Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict at Assumption University in Windsor. After completing his doctorate, John began publishing his work in several internationally-recognized publications, including the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies, Fieldwork in Religion, and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. John's research interests include various diverse subjects, including religion and politics, diasporas, immigration and America, multicultural theory, and Islam in America. 

Class of 2006

Bruno Charbonneau (PhD ’06) has a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science at Laurentian University. His thesis, supervised by Wayne Cox and Kim Nossal, focused on French security policy in Africa. He published “Mastering ‘Irrational’ Violence: The Relegitimization of French Security Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa,” Alternatives 31 (April 2006).

Alroy Fonseca (MA ’06) is a Policy Officer with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. For the period September 2006 to August 2007, he has been assigned to the Directorate of Land Strategic Planning (DLSP) under the Chief of the Land Staff, Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie. Within DLSP, Alroy's work centers on the formulation and maintenance of a number of Land Forces (LF) policy documents, such as the International Priorities Statement, the Army Strategy, and the Army Five Year Plan. Together, these documents deal with a range of issues such as the Army's international strategic visioning, LF aspects of the broader Canadian Forces Transformation Plan, and the development of the newly established Canadian Special Operations Regiment. While at Queen's, Alroy was in the International Politics stream of Political Studies. His major research project was a study of the shift in Canada's policy towards Haiti in the 1990-2004 period. Professor Kim Richard Nossal supervised his work.

Todd Hataley (PhD ’06) wrote his dissertation on the politics of the Canada-United States border under Kim Nossal. The thesis examined a number of historical case studies to show how the porousness of the border has historically been a problem in Canada-US relations. Todd joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2006 and now works with an Integrated Border Enforcement Team.

Nissim Mannathukkaren (PhD ’06) was appointed to a tenure-track position at Dalhousie University in the summer of 2006. Nissim's appointment is in international development studies, where he teaches development theory, popular culture and development, modernity and development, and postcolonialism. His thesis on the Communist negotiation of modernity in the Indian state of Kerala, written under the supervision of Jayant Lele, was defended in June 2006. He and his wife Anu welcomed the birth of their daughter Iman Grace in July 2006.

Ysbrant Marcelis (BAH ’04, MA ’06) is currently Associate Director, International Policy and Geo-Economics at the Center for the Study of the Presidency in Washington, DC. He also served as staff liaison to the Congressionally-initiated Iraq Study Group, of which the Center is one of four sponsoring institutions. In conjunction with his liaison responsibilities, Ysbrant assisted the Secretariat of the Working Group on Economic Development and Reconstruction, Ambassador Gary Matthews, in international outreach and the drafting of working papers. Prior to his position at CSP, Ysbrant worked as an associate with Mercer Associates LLC, focusing primarily on aerospace and defense issues, including work for foreign governments and firms seeking to enter the U.S. market. He serves as an academic mentor to CSP’s Presidential Fellows program. He is an associate with the Truman National Security project and an editor for Iraq and Defense Policy issues with the Security Framework Project.

Audra Mitchell (BAH, 2006) has been appointed permanent lecturer in International Relations at the University of York, UK. She completed her PhD at the Queen's University of Belfast in 2009 and has held a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews. Her monograph 'Lost in Transformation: Violent Peace, Peaceful Conflict and Plural World-Building in Northern Ireland' is to be published with Palgrave in January, 2011 and she has published articles in 'Review of International Studies' (forthcoming), 'Millennium Journal of International Studies', 'International Peacekeeping' and other journals.

Tamara Small (PhD ’06) joined the Department of Political Science at Mount Allison University in July 2006, where she teaches Canadian parties, elections and interest groups. Her dissertation, which examines the way in which Canadian political parties used the internet in the 2004 federal election, was supervised by Jonathan Rose.

David Thomas (PhD '06) has joined the International Relations program at Mount Allison University, where he will teach international relations, global governance, and Canada and globalization. He continues his research on the Tripartite Alliance and new social movements in South Africa. He is finishing a book, Hegemonic Struggle in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Role of the South African Communist Party.

Michael Urban (BAH ’06), who received his BAH in Political Studies with Distinction and his BAH in History with Distinction in 2006, has won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford. He is currently taking a Master’s degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University. Michael was born and raised in Winnipeg: “We consider Michael to be an excellent candidate who exemplifies the qualities sought by the Trust,” Hedley Auld, secretary of the Manitoba Rhodes Scholarship Committee, said. While at Queen’s, Michael won a number of awards and distinctions, including the Rector Norman Macleod Rogers Scholarship. While at Oxford he intends to study international relations at Balliol College.

Bojana Zizic (PhD ‘06) defended her PhD dissertation on how internet deployment affects the political participation of social and political activists in Kingston in December 2006. Over the past few years, Bojana has taught courses on politics and the media in the Department of Political Science, McMaster University; on The Canadian Forces and Modern Society at Royal Military College, and on Politics and Science in Technological Societies in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s.

Class of 2005

Cynthia MacCausland (MA '05) completed a J.D. at New England Law Boston in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2009. In December 2009, she was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and established a solo practice in Boston, Massachusetts.

Marc Arwed Rutke (MA, IR focus ‘05) is Coordinator and Supervisor in the Erasmus Mundus Programme Euroculture at the Georg-August-University Goettingen and board member of the Euroculture Consortium, consisting of twelve renowned Universities around the world. In his current position, Arwed is dealing with the management of finances, fundraising and networking; supervising classes on ‘’The Political Construction of Europe’’, ‘’Eurocompetences’’ and ‘’ Europe in the wider world Ia: What follows the Arab Spring? The Culture and Politics of Transatlantic Relations.’’ Prior to Queen’s, Arwed studied at the University of Essex and at the ACG Senior College of New Zealand. While at Queen’s, Arwed tutored in the undergraduate class on "Introduction to Politics and Government" and his major research project was supervised by Professor Kim Richard Nossal.


Class of 2004

Caroline Dick (PhD ‘04) was appointed to a tenure-track position in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, teaching Canadian politics. Caroline’s most recent publication is an article in the April 2006 issue of the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Caroline’s thesis was supervised by Janet Hiebert.

Mary-Anne Hildebrandt (BA'04) is now a resource geologist with De Beers Group. She wrote an article titled "Staying True to Who I Am is Essential," which detailed her journey to becoming a leader of the geology team and was featured on the De Beers website in August 2018. 

Class of 2003

Marcus Pistor (PhD /03) is Chief of the International Affairs and Defence Section at the Library of Parliament’s Information and Research Service in Ottawa. His dissertation on the European Integration strategies of the Federation of German Industries was supervised by Grant Amyot. After completing his PhD, he worked as a policy analyst for the Library of Parliament. From 2005 to 2011 he was also Adjunct Research Professor at the Carleton University Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies where he developed and taught a graduate summer course on Canada-EU relations.

Class of 2002

Paul Haslam (PhD ‘02) has been appointed as an assistant professor in the University of Ottawa's new International Development and Globalization Program. His thesis on the changing nature of the relationship between firms and the state in Argentina and Chile, supervised by Catherine Conaghan, was defended in 2002. He has been on a post-doctoral fellowship at Université Laval.

Class of 2001

Giselle Weybrecht (BA 01) worked for the UN in sustainability issues at at international level after graduating with her POLS degree. After completing an MBA at London Business School she started a project aimed at raising awareness on business and sustainability with the next generation of business leaders. She has recently published The Sustainable MBA: The Manager's Guide to Green Business (Wiley 2010) which is organized like a business school course with relevant information on sustainability and Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Ethics, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Operations and Strategy.

Class of 1985

Ali-Fuat Borovali (PhD 1985) is currently a full professor and head of the Department of International Relations at Dogus University based in Istanbul, Turkey.