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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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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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