New Faces

July 16, 2019

The Department of Political Science extends a very warm welcome to all our new faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows who joined us on July 1st!

ELIZABETH ACORN: Liz is joining the Department as an Assistant Professor. She will be teaching courses in public law and international relations and continuing her research on international law and the governance of global markets. Her current book project examines the national implementation of international anti-corruption law, focusing on Canada and other advanced industrial economies. Liz completed her JD at the University of Toronto and is excited to be returning to such a vibrant university and city. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Cornell University and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University in Ethics, Politics and Economics. (UTSC)

ELIZABETH BAISLEY: Elizabeth is a Faculty of Arts and Science Postdoctoral Fellow working with Robert Vipond. Before arriving at the University of Toronto, Elizabeth completed a PhD in Politics at Princeton University. Her research focuses on Canadian political development in the comparative-historical perspective. Her dissertation traced the role of interest groups in the development of political cleavages on abortion and LGBT rights in the US and Canada, focusing on interest group involvement in federal nominations, leadership races, and party policy conventions. Her project will examine why human rights commissions – which were first established in American states and later imported to Canada – found more fertile ground north of the border. (UTSG)

W. R. NADEGE COMPAORE: Nadège is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science working with Steven Bernstein. Prior to this, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs with the University of Waterloo, a Research Analyst at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Science at York University. Nadège’s work is anchored within International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics scholarships, which guide her two main research foci: (1) she studies the global governance of extractive industries and its implications for global environmental politics, by paying particular attention to the agency of resource-rich African actors in the international system; (2) she also takes a critical approach to knowledge production in IR, by locating gender and race dynamics in international politics. Nadège’s research draws from extensive fieldwork in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and has been funded by SSHRC, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Her work has been published in journals such as International Studies Review, Etudes Internationales, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, and Contemporary Politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave, 2015). Nadège’s current book project investigates the significance of the Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources principle for global discourses of legitimacy and responsibility, by focusing on processes of membership and compliance within the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. She holds a PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University.


PHILLIP LIPSCY: Phillip joins the department as Associate Professor. He will assume leadership of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan. Aside from Japanese politics, he studies international organizations, the politics of energy and climate change, and the politics of economic crises. He is the author of Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations (Cambridge University Press). He was co-editor of Japan under the DPJ: The Politics of Transition and Governance and is currently working on a similar project on the politics of the Shinzo Abe government. He has published articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of East Asian Studies, and Asian Survey(UTSG)

: Uahikea (Kanaka Maoli) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Politics. He is from Maunawili on the island of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i. He recently completed his PhD in American Studies with a Women Studies Graduate Certificate from the University of New Mexico. His doctoral research examined Hawaiian sovereignty in history, law, and activism. Coming to Tkaranto, he is excited to join the faculty in the Department of Political Science and work as a cross-appointed faculty member in the Centre for Indigenous Studies. (UTSG)

: Andrew is starting as Assistant Professor where he will focus on Canadian Politics and Public Law. He is interested in the Canadian Constitution, federalism, Québec nationalism, language politics, and the politics of the judiciary. Most recently his work has appeared in Canadian Public Administration, Publius: The Journal of Federalism (with Robert Schertzer and Grace Skogstad) and he was a co-editor of Roads to Confederation: the Making of Canada, 1867, a major, two volume bilingual collection on Canadian Confederation (with Jaqueline Krikorian, Robert Vipond, David Cameron and Marcel Martel.) He holds an MA and LLB from Queen’s University and a PhD from the University of Toronto. (UTSC)

DANIEL ROSENBLOOM: Daniel is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow working with Matthew Hoffmann. He completed his PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University where he studied the policy and political dimensions of low-carbon energy transitions. Drawing on transition and political perspectives, his research explores the intersection of climate change, energy, and societal transitions. His work has appeared in a number of journals such as Global Environmental Change, Research Policy, and Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Daniel is vice-chair of the organizing committee for the 10th annual International Sustainability Transitions conference being held in Canada for the first time. He is also the first Canadian member of the Steering Group for the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) – an international network of over 1,500 transition scholars. (UTM)