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Is activism dead in China?

August 14, 2017

Following the recent death of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, who served most of his 11-year prison sentence for writing the pro-democracy treatise Charter 08, Diana Fu, assistant professor of Asian Politics at the University of Toronto examines the notion of activism in China and whether it has come to an end. The article appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine and is […]

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Book wins two APSA awards

August 1, 2017

Congratulations to Professor Margaret Kohn whose book The Death and Life of the Urban Commonwealth has garnered two APSA book awards – the David Easton Award and the Dennis Judd Best Book Award. The David Easton Award is given to a book ‘that broadens the horizons of contemporary political science by engaging issues of philosophical significance […]

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New Faces

July 26, 2017

A very warm welcome to all new faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visiting Professors! Joining the Department of Political Science on July 1st are : Noel Anderson: Noel will be joining UTM in July 2017 as Assistant Professor in International Relations following the completion of a Post-doctoral Fellowship at the Dickey Center at Dartmouth College. His […]

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In conversation with Canada’s Chief Justice at ICON·S 2017

July 25, 2017

At the recent annual ICON·S (International Society of Public Law) conference, co-President and Political Science Professor Ran Hirschl sat down with three internationally-renowned constitutional law experts to moderate the plenary panel ‘High Courts and Political Power: A Conversation with Three Prominent Jurists’. In conversation were Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (Supreme Court of Canada), Justice Marta […]

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Satire and Politics in the Classroom

July 20, 2017

More than entertainment: Political satire an increasingly common news source It’s not often that political science undergraduate students attend a class given by a panel of six writers, editors and actors from a top Canadian comedy show and website. But, in a packed classroom at the Bahen Centre recently, the team behind The Beaverton, a weekly satirical news […]

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Third NYT front cover for Citizen Lab

July 10, 2017

For the third time this year, Citizen Lab’s latest report has made the New York Times front cover (July 10, 2017). The report confirms that a phone belonging to an international group of experts from several countries assembled by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (known as the GIEI), charged with investigating the 2014 Iguala Mass Disappearance, […]

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Our new chair: An introduction

June 29, 2017

As she wraps up her year as the World Politics Visiting Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Antoinette Handley is about to step into a role that has previously been held by just one other woman – Chair of Political Science. Handley, whose research focuses on the nature of the private […]

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The three pillars of Canada

June 27, 2017

In the run up to next Saturday’s celebration of 150 years as a nation, Peter Russell, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, joined Michael Enright on CBC’s The Sunday Edition to talk about this place we call Canada and how a meeting with the Grand Chief of the Dene Nation in 1973, changed him both […]

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Getting out the homeless vote

June 6, 2017

Anna Kopec, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto recently spoke to CBC’s The 180 on the issues surrounding mobilizing the homeless to vote in elections. She says while homeless people are able to vote, they, and the people who serve them, often don’t know it. And in her view, that’s a problem. Many think that […]

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Remember This Name

June 6, 2017

‘Remember This Name’ is a new series from U of T News which focuses on how former U of T students around the globe are transforming research. In their fifth instalment, they turn the spotlight on Debra Elizabeth Thompson, who completed her PhD in political science at University of Toronto and is currently an assistant […]

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