C.E.S. (Ned) Franks

C.E.S. (Ned) Franks

Professor Emeritus


Political Studies

Arts and Science


Brief Biography

The late C.E.S. (Ned) Franks, was born in Toronto, attended Upper Canada College, earned his BA (Hon) and MA from Queen's University (Arts 1959), and his DPhil from Oxford. He worked from 1960 to 1964 for the government of Saskatchewan, including a stint as Clerk Assistant of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. He taught at Queen's University for over thirty-five years, in the Department of Political Studies, and was cross-appointed as a professor to the School of Physical and Health Education.  He is currently an emeritus professor of both departments.

Professor Franks has, in addition to more than one hundred learned and other sorts of articles and chapters in books, written or edited fourteen books and monographs, including The Parliament of Canada, The Canoe and White Water, and Dissent and the State. He has also written many op-eds and other pieces for various newspapers. His work includes explorations into public administration, government accountability, the parliamentary government in Canada, aboriginal self-government, canoeing, sport and politics, Canada's north, issues related to nuclear energy, and politics in India.

Professor Franks was the founding President of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group.  He has conducted many studies for royal commissions, Parliament, and government agencies. He has been a member of a commission on the pay and allowances of members of Parliament. He has worked as an adviser to legislative groups in Vietnam and Russia.

Among his academic honours, Professor Franks has been elected a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and also of the Royal Society of Canada. In electing him a fellow, the Royal Society of Canada observed that "Professor Franks is unique in, on the one hand, having created an outstanding core of important academic works while at the same time penning impressive studies commissioned by parliament or government departments and, on the other hand, writing important and highly accessible items in the area of sports."

In 2005, Professor Franks served as senior research adviser to the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (The Gomery Commission).

In 2002, Professor Franks was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.  In 2004, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society awarded him its 75th Anniversary Medallion. Queen's University bestowed its Distinguished Service Award on Professor Franks in 2007 in recognition of,  inter alia, his forty years of work on campus planning.