Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Stephen Larin

Stephen LarinAssistant Professor 
PhD, MA (Queen's); BA (McGill)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C423
stephen.larin@queensu.ca

 


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 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.

Research

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 new, secondary research area is the politics of artificial intelligence. He is currently developing a fourth-year seminar on this subject that will be taught in the Winter 2020 term, and working on articles that address topics such as what makes artificial intelligence political, and the inconsistency of governance decision-making by ‘black-box’ artificial intelligence with the rule of law.

Teaching

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 2019, and is teaching the following courses in the 2019–20 academic session:

  • POLS 388: Politics of Migration
  • POLS 453: Ethics of Migration
  • POLS 458: Ethics of War and Intervention
  • POLS 471: Politics of Artificial Intelligence

Selected Publications

Larin, Stephen J. “Is it really about values? Civic nationalism and migrant integration”, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Online First, 2019.

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”, a special issue of Ethnicities, Online First, 2019.

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.