About the Department

The Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto ranks among the world's best. It provides an ideal setting for students and learners at all levels to engage with novel ideas, thorough scholarship and creative research in all of the discipline's subfields, as well as in an array of interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. As a community of established and emerging scholars -- teachers and students -- we are uniquely positioned to draw upon a Canadian perspective as well as the university's intellectual buzz and the city's cultural diversity, to address the most enduring questions of politics, locally and internationally.

More than ever, our mission is to encourage our students to think broadly, critically, and internationally about the core features of democratic and global citizenship. We do this with a faculty that includes award-wining teachers, building on a legacy of famously gifted instructors -- the likes of Harold Innis and C.B. Macpherson, Alan Bloom, Tom Pangle, and Janice Stein. With a history going back to the 1880s, the department now has a total faculty complement of over sixty across the three campuses of the University of Toronto.

News and Announcements

Professor Ran Hirschl Releases New Book on Comparative Constitutional Studies

August 21, 2014 — Comparative study has emerged as the new frontier of constitutional law scholarship as well as an important aspect of constitutional adjudication. Increasingly, jurists, scholars, and constitution drafters worldwide are accepting that ‘we are all comparativists now’. And yet, despite this…
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The Keith Davey Forum on Public Affairs – Class of 2018: The prospects for this generation in an unequal world?”

August 19, 2014 — Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:45 – 6:15 p.m. Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria University 93 Charles St. W., Toronto *** Speakers: Jeffrey Arnett, Research Professor of Psychology, Clark University Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa Rodney Haddow (Moderator), Undergraduate Director and Professor of Political Science, University of…
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Professor Harald Bathelt Releases Book on the Globalizing Knowledge Economy

August 6, 2014 — Trade Shows in the Globalizing Knowledge Economy presents a radically innovative view on trade shows as knowledge-rich places, where firms learn through observation and interaction with other economic actors, and as enablers, rather than mere consequences, of globalization. Traditionally…
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LATEST UPDATES: Ph.D. Student, Alexander Sodiqov, released on bail in Tajikistan

July 16, 2014 — University of Toronto Statement We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our Ph.D. students, Alexander Sodiqov, has been detained in Tajikistan, where he has been conducting research under the auspices of a UK-based project called “Rising Powers and…
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Mushrooming Entrepreneurship: The Dynamic Geography of Innovation Originating from Communities of Interest

July 9, 2014 — [ Wednesday, July 16, 2014; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] We would like to inform you about next week's guest speaker Oliver Ibert who will give a presentation about "Mushrooming Entrepreneurship: The Dynamic Geography of Innovation Originating from Communities of…
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Hamish van der Ven receives the 2014 Oran R. Young Prize

July 2, 2014 — We congratulate Hamish van der Ven for winning the Oran R. Young Prize for his paper on The Correlates of Best Practice in Transnational Eco-Labeling as the best early-career paper of the 2014 Norwich Conference. The Oran R. Young Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project…
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In the Press

Political Science students mentoring youth and volunteering at home and abroad

June 17, 2014 — Many political science students will be crossing the stage of convocation hall in June with their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Three graduating political science students recently shared their stories with News.Utoronto.ca Kimberley Moore completed a double major in Sociology and Political Science…
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Professors Matthew Hoffmann and Steven Bernstein discuss Obama’s climate plan

June 5, 2014 — Are you curious about the impact of U.S. President Barack Obama’s climate plan? Professors Matthew Hoffmann and Steven Bernstein recently weighed in on the plan when they coauthored an op-ed for the Globe and Mail: “Big policy initiatives like U.S. President Barack Obama’s bold…
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Second Edition of Prof Raisa Deber’s Book Published

April 23, 2014 — Professor Raisa Deber’s second edition of her book, Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy and Management, was recently published by the University of Toronto Press. Covering a wide range of issues, the 22 cases included in Case Studies in Canadian Health Policy…
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