Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Jacob Robbins-Kanter

PhD Candidate Patricia MocklerPhD Candidate 
MA Political Studies (Queen’s); BA (Hons., Distinction) Political Science & History (McGill)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B311
j.robbins-kanter@queensu.ca
Supervisors: E. Goodyear-Grant and J. Rose

@jacobrobbins-kanter


Research Interests

Canadian politics; Quebec politics; federalism; regionalism; political communications; language politics; political parties and candidates  

Brief Biography

Jacob Robbins-Kanter is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies and a SSHRC J-A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar. Jacob completed an Honours BA (with distinction) in political science at McGill University and an MA in political studies at Queen’s University. His doctoral research examines the tensions between national, regional, and local political dynamics during Canadian federal elections. It explores how federal candidates balance their local knowledge with the national outlook of their parties, as well as regional and linguistic differences in the framing of political messages. Jacob is a doctoral research fellow at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, as well as a research assistant at the Canadian Opinion Research Archive and student researcher at the Groupe de recherche en communication politique. 

Selected Publications

Robbins-Kanter, J. “Ford’s false logic on minority-language services,” Policy Options/Options Politiques, IRPP. December, 2018.

Robbins-Kanter, J. and D. Troup. 2018. “Social Movement Success as a Political Process: The Case of the 2012 Quebec Student Protests,” Canadian Political Science Review 12(1): 50-75.

Robbins-Kanter, J. “Party Politics and the French-English Cleavage in Canadian Federal Elections,” Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University, Kingston ON, Working Paper Series, 2017-01.

Selected Conference Papers

"Candidate Behaviour and Autonomy in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election," American Political Science Association, August 28-September 1, 2019, Washington, DC. 

"The Politics of Solidarity: Assessing the Foundations of Québec’s Student Movement," (with Daniel Troup and Patricia Mockler), Canadian Political Science Association, June 4-6, 2019, Vancouver, BC. 

“Partisan Campaign Literature in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election,” Canadian Political Science Association, June 4-6, 2019, Vancouver, BC. 

“Le modèle de franchise et la dualité linguistique aux élections fédérales canadiennes,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 29-June 1, 2018, Regina, SK.

 “Where the Right has not Risen: Left-Nationalist Parties and the Weakness of Anti-Immigrant Politics in Canada and Ireland,” (with Daniel Troup) Canadian Political Science Association, May 29-June 1, 2018, Regina, SK.

 “Subnational Governance and Support for Quebec Sovereignty,” American Political Science Association, August 31-September 3, 2017, San Francisco, CA.

 “Intrastate Federalism and the Limits of Autonomy: Evidence from Quebec,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 30-June 1, 2017, Toronto, ON.

 “Electoral Politics and the Geography of Demographic Change: Explaining the Absence of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Canada,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 30-June 1, 2017, Toronto, ON.

“The Political Effects of Linguistic Diversity: Evidence from Canadian Federal Elections,” The Politics of Multilingualism, May 21-23, 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“Quebec-Canada Relations and the Dilemma of Abeyance,” British Association for Canadian Studies, April 20-22, 2017, London, UK.

“Political Discourse Quality in a Bilingual Setting: A Study of Canadian Federal Leaders' Debates,” Canadian Political Science Association, May 31- June 2, 2016, Calgary, AB.

Selected Awards

  • Joseph A. Bombardier SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2017-2020 ($105,000)
  • Graduate Dean’s Doctoral Field Research Travel Award, 2018 ($4,000)
  • Douglas and Bonnie Clark Memorial Scholarship, 2017 ($2,000)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2016-2017 ($15,000)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2015-2016 ($15,000)
  • Queen’s Graduate Award, 2015-2016 ($12,500)

Teaching

Instructor:

  • POLS 415 - Canadian Federalism (Winter 2020)
  • POLS 410 - Canadian Political Parties (Fall 2019)      
  • POLS 410 - Canadian Political Parties (Winter 2019)
  • POLS 414 - Politics in Quebec (Fall 2018) 

Teaching Assistant:                                                               

  • POLS 211 - Canadian Government (2018)                                            
  • HIF 207 (Royal Military College) - Histoire du Canada (2018)
  • POE 205 (Royal Military College) - Canadian Politics and Society (2018)
  • POLS 241 - Comparative Politics: Transformations (2017)
  • POLS 110 - Introduction to Politics and Government (2017)
  • POLS 110 - Introduction to Politics and Government (2017)
  • POLS 211 - Canadian Government (2016)
  • POLS 212 - Canadian Politics (2016)
  • POLS 211 - Canadian Government (2015)