School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

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Eugene Lang teaches the core course Approaches to Policy Analysis in both the full-time MPA and Professional MPA programs, as well as Instruments and Institutions of Public Finance in the full- time program. He also serves as co-coach for the Queen’s MPA student team to the annual Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) National Public Administration Case Competition.

Lang served twelve years in the federal government in both political and public service positions, and has extensive experience advising and working with Cabinet Ministers, senior public servants and business executives. He was Policy Advisor to the Solicitor General of Canada; Senior Policy Advisor (Economic) to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; Senior Economist, Finance Canada; Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State (Finance); and Chief of Staff to two Ministers of National Defence.

For more than a decade, Lang has worked in the private sector, first at Bell Canada Enterprises, and then as a consultant advising domestic and multinational companies and business associations on public policy analysis, interface and advocacy with government, and strategic communications.

A Special Advisor (Policy) to the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries and Fellow of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, Lang was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Munk School of International Studies, University of Toronto, and BMO Visiting Fellow, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Glendon College, York University. At the GSPIA Lang taught mandatory and elective courses in the Master of Public and International Affairs program and in 2014 served as Interim Co-Director of the School.

He is the author of two books, including The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (co-authored with Janice Stein), a national best-seller which won the Writer’s Trust Cohen Award for political writing, was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s top one hundred books of the year, and was the basis for a documentary film produced by Global Television.

A frequent contributor to various newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Globe and Mail, Lang’s writings have also appeared in The National Post, Walrus, Policy Options, Policy Network, International Politics and Society, International Journal and The Global Exchange. He has spoken at various universities and think tanks and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on CBC radio and television, CTV and Global Television.

Lang was educated at the University of Western Ontario (B.A., M.A., political science), Queen’s University (M.P.A.) and the London School of Economics (M.Sc. International Political Economy), where he studied as a Chevening Scholar. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and children.