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 research explores external intervention in internal conflicts, limited war and counterinsurgency. Noel completed his PhD in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. The title of his PhD and upcoming book is Competitive Intervention and Its Consequences for Civil Wars.

Nicole Marshall:


Nicole will be joining the department as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2017. She completed her PhD at the University of Alberta, her MA at McMaster University and her BES (Hons) at York University. She will be working with Professor Joseph Carens to examine the intersection of citizenship theory, climate change, ethics and forced migration. Her PhD and upcoming book Sinking Human Rights: Climate Change and the Future of Vulnerable Migration critically explores the narrow pathways for climate refugees in ethics, public policy and international law.

Julie Moreau:

Julie_ Moreau

Julie joins the department as Assistant Professor, cross-appointed with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. After completing her PhD at McGill University in 2014, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research explores queer politics and focuses on LGBTQ social movements, political participation and citizenship. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled After Equality: Organizing Lesbian Citizenship in South Africa & Argentina that examines the construction of collective sexual identities in contexts of legal equality.

Emily Nacol:


Emily will be joining UTM in July 2017 from Vanderbilt University where she was an assistant professor of political science. She is a political theorist whose research interests lie primarily in early modern political thought and political economy. She works primarily on problems of risk and uncertainty in early modernity. Emily’s first book, An Age of Risk: Politics and Economy in Early Modern Britain was published in 2016. She has held research fellowships at Brown University’s Political Theory Project and the Cornell University Society for the Humanities. She is looking forward to teaching a range of courses in the history of political thought as well as thematic courses on capitalism, commerce and risk.

Alexander Reisenbichler:

Alexander Reisenbichler

Alexander will be starting as assistant professor in West European politics at UTM in July 2017 following the completion of his dissertation on the political economy of homeownership and housing finance in Germany and the United States at the George Washington University’s department of political science. His broader research centers on the politics of housing, financial, and labor markets in advanced economies, with a regional focus on Western Europe and North America. His work has appeared in Politics & Society, the Review of International Political Economy, and Foreign Affairs.

Aviad Rubin:


Aviad will visit the department during the fall semester as an Israel Institute Visiting Faculty. He is an associate professor at the School of Political Science, University of Haifa, Israel, where he specializes in the intersection between the politics of identity and regime theory. Aviad’s forthcoming book explores the influence of the state-religion relationship in Israel and Turkey on democratic performance in both states. During his time at University of Toronto Aviad will teach a course on models of religion and state in Israel and the Middle East.

Alison Smith:

Alison Smith

Alison completed her PhD at l’Université de Montréal. She also holds an MA from UBC and a BA (Hons) from Mount Allison University. From 2009 – 2010, Alison was a Parliamentary Intern in Ottawa. Her research interests include the welfare state, social protection, homelessness, poverty and inequality. She will be starting July 1, 2017 as Assistant Professor in Canadian Politics at UTM. The title of her PhD and upcoming book is Filling the Gap: Cities and the Fight Against Homelessness in Canada.