Kyle Hanniman

Kyle Hanniman

Associate Professor | Undergraduate Chair | Research Associate, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


PhD (Wisconsin-Madison); BA (St. Thomas)

Political Studies

Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics

Associate Professor | Undergraduate Chair

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Research Interests

Kyle’s research interests include comparative federalism, political economy, public debt, and Canadian politics. He is writing a book on fiscal federalism and government default risk. His commentary has appeared in the Globe and Mail and National Post.

Kyle Hanniman would be interested in supervising graduate students in the areas of ​​​​Canadian, comparative, and fiscal federalism, and comparative political economy (especially in the areas of government bond markets, government debt, and fiscal and monetary policy).

Brief Biography

Kyle Hanniman is an associate professor of political studies. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his BA at St. Thomas University. Before coming to Queen’s, he was a policy associate at the University of Toronto’s Mowat Centre; a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto’s Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance; and a visiting researcher at the European University Institute.


For detailed information about political studies courses and instructors, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Service (2023/2024)

  • Adjunct Appointments Committee
  • Cyclical Program Review Committee
  • Departmental Committee
  • Undergraduate Committee (Chair)

Selected Publications

2020. Are Transfer-Dependent Governments More Creditworthy? Reassessing the Fiscal Federal Foundations of Subnational Default RiskBritish Journal of Political Science, 50(4), 1381-1403. 

2019. “Is Canadian Federalism Market Preserving? The View from the Bond Markets,” in New Frontiers in Public Policy: Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Richard Johnston, Will Kymlicka and John Myles (editors). McGill-Queen’s University Press

2019. 2017 State of the Federation: Federalism and Democratic Renewal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, co-editor with Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

2018. “In Defense of Borrowing,” in 2015 State of the Federation: Canadian Federalism and Infrastructure, ed. John R. Allen, David L.A. Gordon and André Juneau (editors). McGill-Queen’s University Press.

2018. 2015 State of the Federation: Canadian Federalism and Infrastructure, McGill-Queen’s University Press, co-editor with John R. Allen, David L.A. Gordon and André Juneau

2016. Restoring Water Levels on Lake Michigan-Huron: A Cost-Benefit Analysis, Mowat Centre, with Rob Dorling

2015. A Good Crisis: Canadian Municipal Credit Conditions After the Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy, IMFG Papers on Municipal Finance and Governance

2015. Can Credit Markets Promote Municipal Fiscal Health? in E. Slack and R. Bird (editors), Measuring Urban Fiscal Health, The Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

2015. Calm counsel: Fiscal federalism and provincial credit risk, The Mowat Centre,

2013. Provinces in the Credit Markets: Market Discipline and the New Classic Federalism, in B. Doern and C. Stoney (editors), How Ottawa Spends, Queens-McGill University Press

Commentary, Blog Posts and Book Reviews

2019. Improving decision-making and debate around Canada’s intergovernmental transfer system: The potential of an independent council, available here:

2018. Review of Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada by Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou and M. Rose Olfert, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017, pp. 114.

2015. Why municipal borrowing is no crisis in waiting. The Globe and Mail, available here:

2015. What if a province goes the way of Greece? National Post, available here:

2015. Where are the hardest places to live in Canada? TLDR Blog, Mowat Centre, with Nevena Dragicevic, Mark Jarvis, Rob Dorling and Emma Tarswell