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2017: What to expect globally

January 4, 2017

U of T News recently spoke with several University of Toronto Political Scientists including Aurel Braun, Kate Neville, Matthew Hoffmann, Randall Hansen and Aisha Ahmad to gauge what lies ahead in 2017 when it comes to Syria’s future, the fate of Europe, climate change and global security. The article is available here. Photo by: Sunil Pradhan/NurPhoto […]

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Indigenous student awards

Indigenous alumnae celebrated by U of T

December 9, 2016

Audrey Rochette, a former Political Science student who graduated in June this year, was recently awarded the ‘Outstanding Native Student of the Year Award’ at the University of Toronto’s First Nations House. Worth $4,000, the award recognizes Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students at the top of their class who contribute to their communities. The full […]

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Innovation Agenda should focus on humanities

November 30, 2016

Earlier this year, the government of Canada launched its Innovation Agenda, actively soliciting advice from the public on how to increase the country’s profile as a world leader in innovation, including how to improve the role of the education system in raising the next generation of tech leaders. Some academics have raised concerns about the role […]

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Coddling the Castros?

November 28, 2016

In the days since Fidel Castro’s death, Political Scientist Clifford Orwin reflects on the mainly sanitised tributes that have been paid to the Cuban dictator by world leaders including the Canadian PM. The full Globe and Mail article is available here.

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JHI Award

November 23, 2016

Congratulations to Political Scientist Courtney Jung who has been awarded a Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) Research Fellowship (2017-2018). Research Fellows are University of Toronto tenured faculty members by the time of their fellowship, chosen for their distinction in achievements relative to their career stage, the excellence of their proposed project, and its relation to the […]

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Musings from Moscow

November 22, 2016

Now in its ninth year, the Stanford U.S. – Russia forum (SURF) brings together students from around the world to discuss cyber security, trade, arms control and many other topics at a fall conference in the Russian capital. Two PhD candidates from the Political Science Department who’ll be in attendance this year include Alexis Lerner, now its […]

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Only 2% of Canadian students study abroad

November 14, 2016

Most Canadian students are aware of the challenges of studying abroad according to The Globe and Mail blaming lack of money and uncertainty about receiving academic credit. An extensive study to be released Tuesday has found that only slightly more than two per cent of Canadian students took courses or did research in a foreign […]

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Political Science faculty on the U.S. election results

November 10, 2016

A number of University of Toronto political scientists were among those contacted by U of T News for comment in the aftermath of the Trump presidential victory discussing areas such as the G7 & G20, race, xenophobia, gender and Latin America. Included were Judith Teichman, Sylvia Bashevkin, Renan Levine, Ryan Hurl, Randall Hansen and John Kirton. The full U […]

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Input of indigenous Canadians fundamental to electoral reform

November 8, 2016

No decision should be made about electoral reform without the input of indigenous Canadians according to Melissa Williams, professor of political science at the University of Toronto and a Senior Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. Writing for The Globe and Mail, Williams addresses the systematic […]

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Running the numbers: how political polls can dictate votes

November 8, 2016

In his 2016 paper “Partisans and a Social Theory of Poll Effects,” Randy Besco, a post-doctoral researcher with U of T Mississauga’s department of political science, looked at how candidates who are behind in the polls are viewed by partisan voters and how that might affect voter behaviour. “Supporting a political candidate is a way for people to self-identify,” he […]

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