Stéphanie Chouinard

Stéphanie Chouinard

Associate Professor | Cross-Appointed


PhD Political Studies (Ottawa); MA Political Studies (Ottawa); BA Political Science (Moncton)

RMC & Political Studies

Associate Professor | Cross-Appointed

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Research Interests

Canadian Politics; Courts and Politics; Canadian Federalism; Minority and Language Rights and Politics (Canada; UK); Aboriginal Rights

Current research: Official-Language Rights and Aboriginal Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

Brief Biography

Professor Chouinard grew up in Labrador. She has been teaching at Royal Military College since 2017 and has been cross-appointed at Queen's in 2018. She received her PhD in Political Studies from the University of Ottawa (2016) and was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, as well as at the Chair of Celtic Languages, Literature, History and Antiquities, University of Edinburgh. She teaches in the fields of Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, and Political Geography.

Her research interests focus on the relationship between courts and minorities in democratic systems. Her current research focuses on the Supreme Court of Canada's impact on the evolution of official-language rights and Aboriginal self-determination rights. She is also interested in territorial and non-territorial autonomy arrangements for national and linguistic minorities in the world.

Professor Chouinard has published in Ethnopolitics, the Language Rights Review, Linguistic Minorities and Society, and the International Journal of Canadian Studies, among others.

Selected Publications

“The judiciary’s impact and limits in official-language minority education policymaking: The legacy of Section 23”, in: Emmett Macfarlane (ed.), The Policy Impact of the Supreme Court of Canada, University of Toronto Press (forthcoming)

" Les tribunaux, lieu de pouvoir contre-majoritaire? Les minorités face au droit ", in: Karim Benyekhlef, Catherine Régis, and Daniel Weinstock (eds.), Sauvons la justice, Montréal: Del Busso, 2017.

“Quand le droit parle de sciences sociales: l’introduction de la complétude institutionnelle dans le droit linguistique canadien”, Language Rights Review, vol. 3, 2016, 60-93.

“Stateless Nations in a World of Nation-States”, in: Karl Cordell and Stefan Wolff (eds.), Routledge Handbook of Ethnic Conflict, 2nd ed., London: Routledge, 2016, 54-66.