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New Graduate endowment

June 5, 2017

The ‘Morimitsu Inaba Doctoral Fellowship in the Political Economy of Development’ has just been announced in the Department of Political Science. Generously endowed by Dr. Morimitsu and Mrs. Etsu Inaba, the fellowship will be awarded to a Political Science doctoral student based on academic merit, whose field of interest is political economy of development, including […]

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Connaught New Researcher Awards

June 5, 2017

Two political science Professors have each received a Connaught New Researcher Award. Diana Xuan Fu and Stefan Renckens were among 56 rising U of T research stars to receive support for their research projects “Reaching for Half the Sky: Explaining China’s New Wave Feminist Movement” and “Transnational Private Sustainability Governance as Interest Community” respectively. The annual awards are provided […]

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Donald Smiley Prize

June 1, 2017

Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics by Erin Tolley, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, has won the Canadian Political Science Association’s (CPSA) prestigious Donald Smiley Prize. The prize is awarded to the best book published in English or French in the field relating […]

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Federal Favouritism

May 31, 2017

Canada was designed as a federation, denoting that the national government be responsible for some things, the provincial government for others. The pendulum of who does what has swung over the years, with some commenting that the federal government has become so far removed from people’s lives that all it does now is go to […]

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Should the United States quit the Paris climate deal?

May 24, 2017

In his latest article for The Globe and Mail, Matthew Hoffmann, professor of political science at UTSC and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, discusses why it might be best if the United States quit the Paris climate deal. The full article is available here.

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Parliament’s Diversity Problem

May 23, 2017

A new essay by U of T political scientist Erin Tolley entitled “The Electoral System and Parliament’s Diversity Problem: In Defense of the Wrongfully Accused” argues that our electoral system is not the main barrier to more diverse representation in government. It appears in Should We Change How We Vote?, a new book of essays that evaluate […]

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New Appointments

May 18, 2017

Our latest faculty appointments include Linda White and Paul Kingston, who have both been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Seva Gunitsky and Andrea Olive have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Congratulations to all! Picture: Linda White

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Digitizing Canada’s Parliament

May 3, 2017

Looking for a transcript of a Parliamentary debate? Well look no further than, an online platform that allows users to access a fully searchable version of the Debates of the House of Commons of Canada going back 150 years. LiPaD (The Linked Parliamentary Data Project) was first conceived in 2013 when a group of political scientists, […]

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Conservative Leadership Predictions

May 2, 2017

With the Conservative Party leadership vote only a month away, U of T News’ Romi Levine asked Nelson Wiseman, professor of political science and director of Canadian studies at U of T, and Christopher Cochrane, an associate professor of political science at U of T Scarborough, how Kevin O’Leary’s recent departure will shake up the race. The complete article […]

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Randall Hansen appointed as Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs

April 24, 2017

Political Scientist Randall Hansen has been appointed as Interim Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs effective June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Professor Hansen received his DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 1998. He taught at the Universities of London (Queen Mary) and Oxford (Merton) before coming to Toronto […]

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