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Jonathan Rose

Professor, Head of Department


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

Political Studies

Canadian Politics

Professor | Head of Department

Phone: (613) 533-6225 or (613) 533-6234

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C320 (Faculty Office) & C330 (Head's Office)

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Research Interests

Canadian Politics, mass media, political communication, political advertising, propaganda. More recently he has been interested in the practice of deliberative democracy and the demands such experiments make on citizens and governments.

Jonathan Rose would be interested in supervising graduate students in the areas of deliberative democracy, citizens’ assemblies, citizen engagement, public interest and regulatory bodies.

Jonathan Rose's CV

Brief Biography

Jonathan studied at University of Toronto and Queen's where he received his Ph.D. He has taught at a number of places including the International Studies Centre (Herstmonceux, UK), Charles University in Prague, Bratislava, Slovakia and Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan where he was the Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. In 2008, Jonathan was a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Political Science and International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Jonathan is the author or co-author of several books.  His first book Making Pictures in our Heads, Government Advertising in Canada (New York: Praeger Press, 2000) was the first book-length treatment of how governments advertise.  He is the co-editor (with Douglas Brown) of Canada: the State of the Federation 1998.  He is the lead author of The Art of Negotiation, a simulation exercise about federal-provincial diplomacy published by Broadview Press and translated into three languages.  Along with colleagues André Blais, Patrick Fournier, Henk Van der Kolk and R. Kenneth Carty, When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizens' Assemblies on Electoral Reform (Oxford, 2011) was the beginning of a new research strand on citizens' assemblies.  This book was the recipient of Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award, Canadian Politics Section of American Political Science Association.  In 2021, Jonathan and a group of international colleagues wrote a book called Deliberative Mini-Publics: Core Design Features (Bristol:  Bristol University Press, 2021).  This was to enumerate the elements of these sorts of bodies and how they might fit into the policy process.

Jonathan's teaching is varied. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Canadian politics, political communication, federalism, the mass media, electoral systems, intergovernmental relations and public policy. In 2010, he received the Frank Knox Certificate of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011, Jonathan was the recipient of W.J. Barnes Teaching Excellence Award.  

Throughout his time as an academic, he has engaged with governments on a wide range of public policies. He has provided advice several times to the Auditor General of Canada on government advertising and sponsorship. For ten years, Jonathan was a member of the Advertising Review Board for the Auditor General of Ontario, a board that enforces legislation regulating government advertising in Ontario. In 2016, he co-authored a report for Elections Nova Scotia called A Question of Fairness: Regulating Government Communications and Advertising in Nova Scotia.

His interest in citizen engagement has led him in 2016 to be one of two expert panelists for the Bank of Canada’s Advisory Council on the new $10 Viola Desmond bill. In 2018, the Department of Fisheries & Oceans asked him to help guide a national citizens’ panel that was to make recommendations around Marine Protected Areas. Prior to that, he had the privilege of being the Academic Director of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.  


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

Service (2023/2024)

  • Chair, Arts & Science Faculty Board, 2018-2023
  • Faculty of Arts & Science, Budget Advisory Committee
  • Head, Department of Political Studies
  • Adjunct Appointments Committee (Chair)
  • Appointments Committee (Chair)
  • Cyclical Program Review Committee (Co-Chair)
  • Departmental Committee

Selected Publications

"A Man of Parliament: Selected Speeches from Joe Clark" with Hugh Mellon (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019)

"Deliberative Mini-Publics: Core Design Features", Working Paper Series 2019/5, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, 2019.  Written by David M. Farrell, Nicole Curato, John S. Dryzek, Brigitte Geißel, Kimmo Grönlund, Sofie Marien, Simon Niemeyer, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Alan Renwick, Jonathan Rose, Maija Setälä, and Jane Suiter

Patricia Mockler & Jonathan Rose, “Who Participated?  Examining Citizen Participation in Electoral Reform” in Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Kyle Hanniman (eds).  Canada: The State of the Federation 2017 (Montreal:  McGill-Queens University Press, 2018).

“Television Advertising and its Impact on Campaigning and Elections” (co-written with Tim Abray) for Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Spring 2015

 “Taming the Untamable? Constraints and Limits on Government Advertising”  in Kristin Kozolanka (ed), Publicity and the Canadian State (Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2014)

"When Citizens’ Decide: Lessons From Citizens Assemblies", co-written with André Blais, R. Kenneth Carty, Patrick Fournier and Henk van der Kolk (London: Macmillan, 2011)

“Taming the Untamable? Constraints on Limits on Government Advertising in Kristin Kozolanka (ed), Publicity and the Canadian State (Oxford Press, 2011)

 The Branding of States: The Uneasy Marriage of Marketing and Politics, Journal of Political Marketing 9:4 (Winter 2010)

 “Are Negative Ads Positive? Political Advertising and the Permanent Campaign” in David Taras & Christopher Waddell (eds.), How Canadians Communicate Politically (Athabasca University Press, 2011)

 “The Media” (with Paul Nesbitt-Larking) in John Courtney and David Smith (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics (Oxford Press, 2010)

 “Institutionalizing Participation Through Citizen Assemblies” in Bill Cross and Jon Pammett (eds.) Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Citizen Participation in Europe and Canada (London: Palgrave, 2010)

 “Civic Engagement and the Promise of a New Citizenry” Occasional Paper #2, (The Australia & New Zealand School of Government/Government of Victoria, AU, 2009)

Research Highlight with Jonathan Rose