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  • Canadian Government
  • Public Policy
  • Comparative Politics
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  • B.A., University of Victoria
  • M.A., Queen's University
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto

Linda White

Associate Chair, Special Projects (Faculty Research and Awards), Department of Political Science


Linda White is the RBC Chair in Economic and Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science and at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her areas of research include comparative welfare states, comparative social and family policy, particularly early years, primary and secondary education; gender and public policy; ideas, norms, and public policy development; and federalism, law and public policy. She has published extensively on comparative social policy in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Journal of European Public Policy, Publius, and Social Politics. She is the author, most recently, of Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States (UTP, 2017), among other co-authored and co-edited books. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC Insight Grant on school choice and education policy; a Co-investigator on a project on education and training responses to the new world of work; and a Co-investigator on a project on the regulatory implications of parents’ perceptions of risk in child care. Professor White obtained her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Victoria, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Welfare States
  • Social and Family Policy
  • Gender and Public Policy
  • Ideas, Norms, and Policy Development
  • Federalism, Law, and Public Policy

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