Ferraro, Stefan


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Ferraro, Stefan


Canada’s Shadow Workforce: The Effects of Military Privatization on Political Behaviour and Authority within Liberal-Democratic States, and their Implications for International Security


Stefan Ferraro is a Ph.D. candidate in political science and recipient of the A.W. Johnson Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Canadian Government and Public Administration (2015), the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2011-2014), and the Ken Bryden Scholarship in Canadian Government and Politics (2010). He holds an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (Hons.) in political science from York University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Stefan specializes in the fields of Canadian Government and International Relations. His research looks at the effects of military privatization (or the hiring of private contractors for military operations), on political behaviour and authority within liberal-democratic states, as well as their implications for international security. He is particularly interested in whether “private military contracting” distorts public perceptions of foreign policy, support for war, elite approval, and voting. His research is also uniquely focused on the Canadian context, as this industry and its effects on political behaviour remain largely understudied from this perspective.

Stefan has extensive teaching experience in the areas of Canadian government and politics, as well as parallel interests in Canadian constitutional law and Aboriginal politics. He is also skilled in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

Canadian and American foreign policy
Military and security privatization
Mercenaries and private security companies
Public opinion (on security-related issues)
Political behaviour
Canadian and comparative politics
International security

Previous Degrees

M.A., University of Toronto
B.A. (Hons.), York University

Teaching Experience

POLB50Y3Y Canadian Government and Politics (2013-2016)
POLB50H3F Canada’s Political Institutions (2012-2013)
POLA51H3S Critical Issues in Canadian Democracy (2010-2011)
POL316Y Contemporary Canadian Federalism (2010-2011)