Paul Nesbitt-Larking

Paul Nesbitt-Larking

Adjunct Professor


PhD Political Science (Carleton), MA Comparative Politics (Kent), BSc Social Science (Bradford)

Political Studies

Arts and Science

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C419

Office Hours: Monday 11:00 - 12:00 and Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00


Research Interests

Paul Nesbitt-Larking is interested in how people make sense of their political lives and how they develop their political identities. In the Canadian context and beyond, he has conducted research into political discourses and narratives, beliefs, values and emotions, political communication and political agency. Recent research has included studies of masculinities, research ethics, migration and multiculturalism, citizenship, and the political lives of ethno-religious minorities. Support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for studies in multiculturalism is gratefully acknowledged.


Brief Biography

Paul Nesbitt-Larking grew up in the UK and immigrated to Canada to study for a doctorate at Carleton University. His Canadian teaching career began in 1981 and he has taught at Carleton University, Brock University, York University, and Toronto Metropolitan University, as well as at Queen’s. He taught at Huron University College from 1992 to 2021 where he has been appointed Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Professor Nesbitt-Larking has enjoyed a long-standing professional membership of the International Society of Political Psychology and has a number of publications in their flagship journal, Political Psychology. He is a former president of the International Society of Political Psychology.


Selected Publications

“Constructing Narratives of Masculinity: Online Followers of Jordan B. Peterson”, Psychology of Men and Masculinities (2022).

“Responsibility, Recognition, and Representation: The Ethical Bases of Truth Evaluation in Political Narrative Analysis”, Political Psychology (2021).

Contemporary Orangeism in Canada: Identity, Nationalism, and Religion (co-authored with James W. McAuley) (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

“The Ideological Work of Narratives”, Political Psychology (2017), 38(3), 571-578.

“Securitization Through Re-Enchantment: The Strategic Uses of Myth and Memory”, Postcolonial Studies (2017) 20(3): 317-332.

“Saffron and Orange: Religion, Nation and Masculinity in Canada and India”, in Ivor Goodson, Ari Antikainen, Molly Andrews and Pat Sikes, Eds., The Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History (pp. 331-343) (London: Routledge, 2017).

Religion and Representation: Islam and Democracy (co-edited with Ingrid Mattson and Nawaz Tahir) (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015).

The Palgrave Handbook of Global Political Psychology (co-edited with Catarina Kinnvall, Tereza Capelos and Henk Dekker) (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).