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Massive climb for U of T in ‘Politics and International Studies’ section of QS University Rankings

March 8, 2017

The University of Toronto has been ranked number twelve in the 2017 QS World University Rankings in the Politics and International Studies section, jumping from the twenty-fourth spot in 2016. According to their website, the University of Toronto has “assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at […]

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29: Demonstrators gather near The White House to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim countries on January 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Trump’s Revised Travel Ban: A further statement from the Department of Political Science, U of T

March 8, 2017

On January 30, 2017, our Department issued a statement in response to the indefensible US travel ban targeted at seven Muslim majority countries. An amended ban aimed at six of those countries has now been announced and is expected to go into effect later this month. The ban remains indefensible, unjustified, and deeply offensive. It […]

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Age of academic darkness

March 6, 2017

Aisha Ahmad, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at UTSC and Minelle Mahtani, associate professor in the Department of Human Geography and the Program in Journalism, UTSC, today contributed an article to the Globe & Mail regarding the academic implications of Trump’s travel ban and why for Canadian academics, attending academic conferences and events in […]

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Trump takes on a more conciliatory tone

March 2, 2017

After U.S. President Donald Trump adopted a more civil tone in his first address to a joint session of Congress, calling for unity and saying the “time for trivial fights is behind us,” some say he has turned over a new leaf. But U of T professor of political science Melissa Williams remain sceptical. Williams, founding […]

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Online misogynist comments aimed at female politicians a ‘recurring problem’

February 28, 2017

From threats of rape to homophobic slurs, Premier Kathleen Wynne is not alone in being targeted online. Female politicians across the country, from all parties, are routinely on the receiving end of vitriolic — and often violent — comments on social media. So much so their staff must set up filters to screen out commonly […]

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Canada primed for success if we embrace the right innovation policies

February 13, 2017

Dan Breznitz, Munk Chair of Innovation Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a political economist in the Faculty of Arts & Science spoke with U of T News about his work in guiding global innovation policies and in training the future leaders in this increasingly important field. The full article is available […]

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Canadians not so ‘exceptional’ when it comes to immigration

February 7, 2017

A new study authored by Michael Donnelly, a political science professor at the University of Toronto has found that while attitudes among Canadians towards refugees and immigrants range largely from positive to benign, those views are not necessarily strongly held. The study, a project of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), also concludes that, […]

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Acknowledging the best and brightest at the annual Undergraduate Student Awards

February 2, 2017

On January 31st, political science undergraduate students, their parents, faculty and donors gathered once again to celebrate the academic achievements of the best and brightest. Presided over by Associate Chair and Undergraduate Director Rodney Haddow, the awards were presented to the students by the Chair Louis Pauly. Haddow, who will soon be stepping down from […]

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2017: What lies ahead according to Political Science Chair

January 31, 2017

The Department of Arts & Science spoke to Political Science Chair Louis Pauly about what’s ahead in the coming year, how Political Science at the University of Toronto remains best known for its commitment to political philosophy and why the Departments scholarly forebears would surely be proud. The full article is available here.

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Executive order on 7-nation ban: A statement from the Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

January 30, 2017

Department of Political Science University of Toronto Statement on US Executive Order on Immigration January 29, 2017 The United States Government has issued an executive order on immigration indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocking the entry of citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, refugees […]

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