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

Phil Triadafilopoulos’ publishes book on ethnic and nationalist politics

April 10, 2014 — A new book co-edited by Phil Triadafilopoulos was recently published by UBC Press. Professor  Triadafilopoulos’ co-editors, Kristin Good and Luc Turgeon, both completed their PhDs in our department. The book titled “Segmented Cities?: How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics“ provides a timely analysis…
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2014 TATP Teaching Excellence Award Short-listed Candidates

April 8, 2014 — Congratulations to Nathaniel Gilmore on being shortlisted for the 2014 TATP Teaching Excellence Award. This year’s winners will be announced on April 30th. The Teaching Assistants’ Training Program’s (TATP) Teaching Excellence Award was created in 2003 to recognize the outstanding contributions of teaching assistants at…
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Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund

April 7, 2014 — To celebrate Professor Joseph Wong’s eight years of dedication and service as the director of the Asian Institute (AI), the AI has established the Joseph Wong Student Experience Fund.   The fund was made possible through the support of the Faculty of…
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AWARD: Peter Loewen presented with Contemporary Achievement Award

April 2, 2014 — Professor Peter Loewen, a member of Mount Allison University’s class of 2002, is the recipient of this year’s Contemporary Achievement Award. The Mount Allison Federated Alumni Association award recognizes outstanding achievement by alumnus or alumna within 15 years of graduation…
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Outstanding TA Awards – 2013-14

April 1, 2014 — The Department of Political Science is pleased to request nominations for the 2013-14 Outstanding TA Awards. The awards seek to recognize outstanding work performed by teaching assistants employed by the department in the previous academic year. Three awards will be granted,…
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AWARD: Carolynn Branton receives Dean’s Student Life Award

March 31, 2014 — The Department is proud to announce that Caroylnn Branton, the Graduate Administrator, is the recipient of this year’s Student Life Award! The Student Life award is one of the Dean’s Outstanding Staff Awards. The Dean’s Student Life Award recognizes an administrative staff…
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In the Press

Seva Gunitsky discusses Ukraine with the CBC

April 1, 2014 — Political Science professor Seva Gunitsky was recently interviewed by CBC’s Christine Birak on the situation in Ukraine. Professor Gunitsky was born in Russia and his work as a political scientist focuses on democratization and international relations theory.   Christine Birak: What do find most fascinating…
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PhD student David Polansky pens book review of ‘Machiavelli’ for the WSJ

January 15, 2014 — Political Science PhD student David Polansky recently wrote a book review of ‘Machiavelli’ by Joseph Markulin: “The life of a great thinker presents unique challenges to a would-be biographer. Actions and events are the stuff of biographies, yet thoughts, not deeds,…
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PhD Candidate Paul Thomas writes about Prorogation

October 22, 2013 —   On October 20th 2013, The Ottawa Citizen published an article written by PhD Candidate Paul Thomas. Thomas writes about Canada’s use of prorogation and compares our parliamentary system with the “mother of all Parliaments,” the United Kingdom. “Prorogation has become a…
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