Stephen Larin

Stephen Larin

Assistant Professor


PhD, MA (Queen's); BA (McGill)

Political Studies

Arts and Science


Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C423


Research Interests

Majority–minority relations; nationalism, especially civic nationalism; migrant integration; multiculturalism; conflict regulation, especially consociational power-sharing; politics of artificial intelligence; relational social science

Brief Biography

Stephen Larin is an Assistant Professor of Political Studies, Coordinator of the Internship in Political Studies, and the Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity. Previously, he has been a Senior Researcher with the Institute for Minority Rights at Eurac Research in South Tyrol, Italy; an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, Australia; and a Visiting Researcher at Aarhus University, Denmark.


Dr. Larin’s primary research focuses on the politics of majority–minority relations, particularly the relationship between majority-group nationalism and minorities such as migrants and sub-state nations. He is currently engaged in two projects in this research area. The first focuses on the relationship between majority-group nationalism and migrant integration, especially the role of civic nationalism in so-called ‘civic integration’ policies (see, for example, “Is it really about values? Civic nationalism and migrant integration”). The second project deals with Italy’s predominantly German-speaking province of South Tyrol, and is currently focused on the possibility of revising South Tyrol’s Autonomy Statute to include ‘Others’—those who do not want to declare membership in one of the Province’s three official linguistic groups, such as people from mixed-language families and migrants—in its executive proportionality rule. This change would shift South Tyrol from ‘corporate’ toward ‘liberal’ consociation, and could serve as a model for similar transitions in other cases (for the first statement of this proposal, see “Time to invite the ‘Others’ to the table: a proposal to make South Tyrol more inclusive”).

Dr. Larin’s more recent, secondary research area is the politics of artificial intelligence. He teaches a fourth-year seminar on this subject, and is working on articles that address topics such as what makes artificial intelligence political and the effect of artificial intelligence on academic integrity in political science education.


Dr. Larin teaches courses in comparative politics and political theory that also draw on international relations, sociology, and law. He was nominated for the Arts & Science Undergraduate Society’s W.J. Barnes Teaching Award in both 2019 and 2020, the Alma Mater Society’s Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2020, and is teaching the following courses in the 2022–23 academic session:

POLS 388: Politics of Migration (Fall 2022)

POLS 453: Ethics of Migration (Winter 2023)

POLS 458: Ethics of War and Intervention (Fall 2022)

POLS 471: Politics of Artificial Intelligence (Winter 2023)

POLS 598: Internship in Political Studies (Winter 2023)

For more details on political studies courses, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Selected Publications

Larin, Stephen J. “Is it really about values? Civic nationalism and migrant integration”, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 46 (1), 2020: 127–141.

Mouritsen, Per, Kristian Jensen, and Stephen J. Larin. “Introduction: Theorizing the Civic Turn in European Integration Policies”, in “Theorizing the Civic Turn in European Integration Policies”, (Special Issue) Ethnicities 19 (4), 2019: 595–613.

Larin, Stephen J. and Marc Röggla. “Participatory consociationalism? No, but South Tyrol’s Autonomy Convention is evidence that power-sharing can transform conflicts”, in Nations and Nationalism 25 (3), 2019: 1018-1041.

Berman, Bruce J., André Laliberté, and Stephen J. Larin (eds.). The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims. Vancouver: UBC Press, October 2016.

Larin, Stephen J. “Conceptual Debates in Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration” in International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Robert A. Denemark, 438-57. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell 2010.