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Dr. John McGarry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Dr. John McGarry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Royal Society of Canada.  This prestigious award recognizes significant contributions to scholarship, arts and science, as well as service rendered to one's peers and one's community.  It was created in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and John is among a select group of 28 recipients chosen by the Royal Society.


2012-2013 Christopher Knapper Award

Leanne Roderick was awarded the Christopher Knapper award for teaching assistants for 2012-13 on the evening of Tuesday March 26, 2013.  This University-wide award is given by the AMS (Alma Mater Society) to recognize outstanding Teaching Assistants (TAs).  

Congratulations are also due to Kyle Jackson, Rachael Johnstone, Aaron Ettinger, and Korey Pasch, who were nominated for the award.  Our department received more nominations than any other for this award.  This is an indication of the high quality of the work of our TAs and their commitment to undergraduate education.   


Dr. Jonathan Rose receives the Frank Knox teaching award

Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Rose, who was awarded the Frank Knox teaching award for 2012-13 on the evening of Tuesday March 26, 2013.  This is the highest teaching award in the University, given by the AMS (Alma Mater Society) to two professors each year to recognize their excellence in teaching.  This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of Jon's commitment to teaching.   


Dr. Keith Banting, honorary doctorate recipient

Dr. Banting was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University in Sweden, September 28, 2013.

“It’s a nice recognition from my European colleagues,” he says of the honour, “and it gives me confidence that my work resonates internationally.”

Dr. Banting is jointly appointed in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies. He also holds the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy. His recent work explores issues of multiculturalism, immigration and social policy, with aparticular focus on the impact ethnic diversity has on the welfare state. Read here for full story.


Dr. Keith Banting is one of two Queen’s professors elected to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Banting is a world-renowned expert on social policy and the impact of federalism, globalization and multiculturalism on the welfare state. He is widely respected for his ability to bridge divides between theory and practice. Dr. Banting holds the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy and was the director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies from 1992-2003.

“I feel very honoured by my election, and I am looking forward to conversations with my new colleagues across the full range of disciplines,” Dr. Banting says. Read here for full story.


Nadège Compaoré, PhD candidate

W. R. Nadège Compaoré plans to spend her summer (2012) in Ghana collecting data on transparency measures in the country’s extractive energy sector — oil in particular. She is one of 10 Canadian graduate students to receive a research grant from the international Africa Initiative program.

“The program offers me a rare privilege to engage with resources that are only available in the field,” says Ms Compaoré, a doctoral candidate in Political Studies. “I will go to Ghana to interview corporate officials, government officials, civil society members, and collect textual data, like contract agreements, which you cannot access outside the continent.” Read here for full story.


Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity & Multicultural Citizenship

The Department of Political Studies encourages applications to the Fulbright Canada program for the Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen's.

Are you interested in conducting research in ethnic and cultural studies? FULBRIGHT CANADA offers unique opportunities to promising and prominent American scholars as well as experienced professionals to conduct research, develop new professional networks, guest lecture and/or teach at select Canadian universities and research centres.

The Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship encompasses the following areas: Immigrant integration, multiculturalism and multicultural education, indigenous peoples and self-government, policing and minorities, affirmative action for racial and ethnic minorities, the state and minority nationalism and normative theories of accommodating ethnic diversity.

For information, please contact Prof. Zsuzsa Csergo at

Application deadline: August 1st, 2012.


Political Studies professor wins prestigious Trudeau Fellowship Prize

Queen’s University political studies professor John McGarry has been named one of four recipients of the prestigious $225,000 Trudeau Fellowship.

Dr. McGarry was recognized for his work in conflict resolution and peacekeeping. He is actively engaged in the critical United Nations-facilitated negotiations currently taking place in Cyprus.

Read the full story.