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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.


POLS Alumni to Receive Awards

Two former students of the Political Studies Department have been honoured by the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

Peter Milliken (Arts ’68) will receive the Alumni Achievement Award on Saturday, October 15th at the Gala Awards Dinner in Kingston. The event will be held in Grant Hall as a part of the 2011 Alumni Volunteer Summit, presented by the QUAA.

Peter is receiving the award for his inspirational dedication to Canadian public service. As the longest serving Speaker of the House in the nation’s history, he has set an inspiring example for younger generations. Through his dedication to serving the Kingston and Queen’s communities, Peter has represented the spirit of ambassadorship that Queen’s aims to instill in its students.

At the same awards dinner, Gemma Boag (Artsci ’08) will receive the One to Watch award. Gemma is receiving the award for her achievements in researching and exploring water policy. Just three years after graduating, Gemma is now a senior policy analyst with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. She is being honoured for her work in in raising awareness about water issues and supporting improved water and sanitation access in marginalized communities.


Erin Tolley, PhD candidate

Erin Tolley laughs when she thinks back on first hearing about the Trudeau Scholarship. "In the first year of my PhD, I got an email about it. I remember looking at the profiles of the people who had won in the past, and I thought ‘oh no, I could never get that'." Little did she know that just over a year later, she'd be a recipient.

Erin received the Trudeau Scholarship, effective September 2010, when she was entering her 3rd year in the PhD program here in the Department of Political Studies, Queen's University. Read here for full story