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Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky at TEDxQueensU

Professor Stéfanie von Hlatky recently presented a TEDx Talk entitled "The Importance of Developing Your Foreign Policy" at TEDxQueensU 2017 to a full house of Queen's University and Kingston community members.

You can view the full TEDx Talk online here:

TEDxQueensU was held on January 29th, 2017 at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as part of a full day of speakers from the Queen's University and Greater Kingston communities.


Congratulations Claire Gummo, Rhodes Scholar-elect

Congratulations Claire Gummo,
Rhodes Scholar-elect

The Department is proud to extend congratulations to Claire Gummo, class of 2017, for being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship. This prestigious recognition promotes the future development of students who demonstrate leadership in both their academic career and broader community. Ms. Gummo's participation in the Queen's and larger Kingston community is demonstrative of this leadership, working on initiatives to raise awareness around issues of sexual violence and promote safe spaces on campus as well as serving as a gender consultant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and working on gender and defense issues with the Centre for International and Defense Policy at Queen's.

The Politics Department and the Centre for International and Defence Policy have been key in shaping my research interests. Thus far, my research has been concerned with women, peace, and security. At Oxford, I hope to study the role of sexual violence in security organizations. I am very grateful to my professors, TAs, and fellow students who have been nothing but generous with their time and gracious with their support. Queen's Politics will always be home, and I am looking forward to representing the department abroad.
- Claire Gummo

Lindsay Coombs & Thomas Hughes win Graduate Student Symposium awards

The Department of Political Studies congratulates graduate students Thomas Hughes and Lindsay Coombs for their success at the 19th annual Conference of Defence Associations Institute's Graduate Student Symposium. 

Lindsay received the Colonel Peter Hunt Award from the Royal Canadian Military Institute for her presentation of her research on child soldiers. Lindsay’s paper “Are They Soldiers? Or Are They Children? Preparing the Canadian Military for the Paradoxical Dilemma of the 21st Century Peace Operations” will be published by the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

“I am greatly appreciative to have been given the opportunity to present my research on child soldiers and the Canadian Armed Forces to such a distinguished audience of scholars and practitioners.” - Lindsay Coombs

Thomas received the symposium’s first place prize for his presentation of his paper, “Grounding Cyberwar: Rationalising the threat and the implications of its emergence for Canadian defence policy.” The paper will be published as a Vimy Paper by the CDA Institute. 

“International security is a huge passion of mine, and being able to add my voice to the absolutely critical discussion about the emergence of cyberspace as a component of power was a fantastic opportunity.” - Thomas Hughes


Janet Hiebert awarded Queen's University Research Excellence Prize

Janet Hiebert has won the Queen’s University Research Excellence Prize for Social Sciences in 2016, reflecting her tremendous leadership in Canadian and comparative work on bills or rights, courts, and parliaments. Janet’s letters of support for this award came from around the globe, and reflect her international reputation on the topic. The Queen's University Prizes for Excellence in Research are the highest form of research excellence recognition from Queen's.


New Book: Biologically Modified Justice by Colin Farrelly

Colin Farrelly's latest book titled Biologically Modified Justice was published with Cambridge University Press.

Theories of distributive justice tend to focus on the issue of what constitutes a fair division of 'external' goods and opportunities; things like wealth and income, opportunities for education and basic liberties and rights. However, rapid advances in the biomedical sciences have ushered in a new era, one where the 'genetic lottery of life' can be directly influenced by humans in ways that would have been considered science fiction only a few decades ago. How should theories of justice be modified to take seriously the prospect of new biotechnologies, especially given the health challenges posed by global aging? Colin Farrelly addresses a host of topics, ranging from gene therapy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis, to an 'anti-aging' intervention and the creation and evolution of patriarchy. This book aims to foster the interdisciplinary dialogue needed to ensure we think rationally and cogently about science and science policy in the twenty-first century.

Read more from Cambridge University Press:


New Frontiers in Public Policy a Tribute to Keith Banting

The Department of Political Studies, along with the School of Policy Studies and Queen's Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, is pleased to be able to hold the New Frontiers in Public Policy conference to pursue new ideas and paths in research and policy-making.

The conference of leading academics in multiculturalism, federalism, and the welfare state pays tribute to the years of contributions by Dr. Banting to public policy and national debate in Canada.

Read more at the Queen's Gazette:


Keith Banting receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The department would like to extend congratulations to Dr. Keith Banting, who has been awarded the 2016 recipient of the Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award at the APSA Annual Convention this past week. This annual award from the American Political Science Association recognizes scholars who have made significant contributions to the study of Canadian Politics throughout their career. Keith’s path breaking research on public policy, particularly social policy and multiculturalism, in Canada and around the world, positions him as one of the world’s most renowned scholars in the field and we are delighted that he has been recognized as such by APSA.


Raynold Wonder Alorse Receives SSHRC CGS Nelson Mandela Award

Raynold Wonder Alorse Receives SSHRC CGS Nelson Mandela Award

The Department would like to extend congratulations to PhD student Raynold Wonder Alorse, who is the recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela. The Award celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his tireless pursuit of peace, democracy, justice, and freedom through learning, understanding, and education.

This is the first time that a Political Studies student has won this prestigious award.