Professor André Bächtiger 

Professor, Abteilung fur Politische Theorie und Empirische Demokratieforschung, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Stuttgart 

Research professor, Swiss National Science Foundation, University of Lucerne

Dr. rer. soc. (Ph.D.) University of Bern

Professor Bächtiger's research examines how democracy can be renewed through communication and deliberation. His primary goal is to develop novel links between normative theory and empirical political science, as well as to transform normative ideas into practical applications. His current work focuses on optimal forms of deliberation, deliberative reforms in elite politics, the potential of citizen deliberation in direct democracy, the deliberative abilities of ordinary citizens, deliberation on political rights of foreigners, and the mapping and measuring of deliberation. 

Professor Bertrand Badie

University Professor, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Director, Cycle supérieur de relations internationales, Sciences Po

Vice President, International Political Science Association

Member, Executive Committee of the Association française de science politique  

President, the Scientific Committee of the French Institute of the Near East Studies

Director of Publications, the Presses de Sciences Po (1994-2003)

Director, Rotary Center for International Studies (2002-2005)

AGD (M.Phil.) Science Po, Earned the State ‘Agrégation’ in Political Science

Professor Bertrand Badie is an International Relations scholar whose research focus on International Relations Sociology, transformation of state, and political culture. His work seeks to grasp the changing nature of territories, identities and sovereignty in the new world order. He is the author of L’impuissance de la puissance (2004, Fayard), Un monde sans souveraineté (1999, Fayard), and L’État importé (1992, Fayard). He has published articles in Relations internationales, Global Society, International Political Science Review, and Revue internationale des sciences sociales.

Professor Dominique Caouette

Professeur Agrégé, Département de Science Politique, Université de Montréal

Co-ordinator, Network on Transnational Dynamics and Collective Action (REDTAC)

Co-ordinator, Possibles

Director of the Centre for East Asian Studies (2011-2015), Université de Montréal

Research Fellow, The Montreal Centre for International Studies, Université de Montréal

Ph.D. Cornell University

After working for more than seven years in the world of non-governmental international organisations, Professor Caouette now teaches transnational relations, the politics of Southeast Asia, and theories of development at Université de Montréal. His research focuses on non-state actors and multilateral processes in Asia, and different forms of collective action and resistance in rural areas, particularly in the Philippines, as well as the stakes in international development and anti-globalisation.

Professor Victor Falkenheim

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Professor Emeritus, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Ph.D. Columbia University

Professor Falkenheim has previously served twice as Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, in addition to serving as Director of the Joint Centre for Modern East Asia. His research interests include local politics and political reform in China, with a more recent focus on issues dealing with migration and urbanisation. He holds lectures in all corners of China and has worked on a number of projects for the Canadian International Development Agency and the World Bank in China over the past two decades.

Professor Stefanie von Hlatky

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University

Director, the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University

Founder and Chair of the Board, Women in International Security Canada

Ph.D. Université de Montréal

Former Executive Director of the Centre of International Peace and Security Studies at Université de Montréal, Professor Stefanie von Htlaky held positions at Georgetown University’s Centre for Peace and Security Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington, Dartmouth College’s Dickey Centre for International Understanding and the Centre for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. She is the author of American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013, Oxford University Press). Her research is funded by NATO, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Research, and Innovation and Fulbright Canada.

Professor Juliet Johnson

Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University

McGill Director, the European Union Centre of Excellence

McGill University’s Board of Governors

Executive Committee Member, the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia

Ph.D. Princeton University

Professor Juliet Johnson’s research focuses on the politics of money and identity, particularly in communist Europe. She is the author of Priests of Prosperity: How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist world (2016, Cornell University Press), A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (2000, Cornell University Press), and of numerous scholarly and policy oriented articles. She is also the lead editor of Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam (2005, Ashgate). At McGill, she has served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts, and won the Faculty’s H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Professor Rauna Kuokkanen

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

MA Supervisor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Ph.D. University of British Columbia

Professor Kuokkanen is the author of Reshaping the University: Responsibility, Indigenous Epistemes and the Logic of the Gift (2007, UBC Press) and Boaris dego eanaEamiálbmogiid diehtufilosofiijat ja dutkan (As Old as the Earth: Indigenous Knowledge, Philosophies and Research) (2009, ČálliidlágádusSami Academica Series). She is also the editor of the anthology on contemporary sami literature Juoga mii geasuha (2001, Davvi Girji OS). Her current research, funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, examines indigenous self determination in the intersection between gender, human rights and structures of violence in Canada, Greenland and the Nordic countries.

Professor Karim Makdisi

Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies and Public Administration, American University of Beirut

Chairman of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut

Senior Research Fellow (formerly Associate Director), Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs

Ph.D. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Professor Karim Makdisi is a frequent contributor to various international news media on issues regarding the Middle East and international politics. He is currently a lead researcher in a study by the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs analysing the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Mission for the Elimination of the Chemical Weapons Programme of the Syrian Arab Republic. Additionally, he is also a lead researcher on the collaborative project between the Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, the American University of Beirut, and the Danish Institute for International Studies, ‘Shifting Regional Order/Dis-Order’. Professor Makdisi was a founding member and served on the first board of Trustees of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and worked for three years in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia before joining the American University of Beirut.

Professor Frédéric Mérand

Professor agrégé, Département de Science Politique, Université de Montréal

Director, The Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM)

Director, European Union Centre of Excellence, Université de Montréal, McGill University

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

After working as a policy advisor for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Professor Frédéric Mérand held several positions at the University of Montréal, including those of Director of the Centre of International Peace and Security Studies and Director of the M.A. program in Political Science. He is the author or co-author of four books on European security, defence policy and the European Union, including European Defence Policy: Beyond the National State (2008, Oxford University Press).

Professor Neil Nevitte

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Cross-appointed Professor, School of Public Policy and Governance and Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Ph.D. Duke University

Professor Nevitte is the principal investigator of the World Values Survey (Canada) and was a co-investigator of the Canadian Election Studies (1993-2009). He also serves as a Senior Election Advisor with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington, D.C. His research interests include public opinion, voting, value change, and problems associated with transitional elections. He is the author and co-author of more than 15 books, including most recently Dominance and Decline: Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections (2012, University of Toronto Press).

Professor Louis W. Pauly 

Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto 

Canada Research Chair in Globalisation and Governance 

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Ph.D. Cornell University

A scholar of international and comparative political economy, Professor Pauly current research focuses on international financial regulation and supervision, the political economy of industrial innovation and the management of global risks. He is the author of Who Elected the Bankers? Surveillance and Control in the World Economy (1997, Cornell University Press), and coauthor of The Myth of the Global Corporation (1998, Princeton University Press). Professor Pauly was the director of the Centre for International Studies, at University of Toronto from 1997 to 2011, where he helped build what is now the Munk School of Global Affairs where he remains a member of the faculty. With Emanuel Adler, from 2007 to 2012 he edited International Organization, the top-ranked journal in international relations. Before his appointment, he worked for the Royal Bank of Canada and the International Monetary Fund, and won an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Affairs.  

Dr. Jenny H. Peterson 


Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Ph.D. University of Manchester 

Dr. Peterson joined the department of Political Science at University of Columbia after working as a lecturer at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in Manchester from 2009 to 2013. She is interested in politics of international aid with her past work analysing processes of liberal peacebuilding and critiques thereof. Recently, Dr. Peterson has begun exploring conceptual and empirical deviations from the liberal model, because of a tendency of existing critical work to homogenise a diverse range of processes. Engaging with debates on agonism, resistance, hybridity, and political space, she is now exploring diversity and innovation, both local and international, in peace and justice movements. She has conducted research and led student field trips in Kosovo, Sri Lanka, and Ghana. In Kosovo, she investigated the role of norms and processes relating to 'rule of law' projects and economic reforms, which were used to fight criminality and political corruption. Her teaching interests include international relations, comparative politics, humanitarian studies and peace studies. 

Professor Richard Sandbrook

Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada 

Ph.D. University of Sussex

As Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Professor Sandbrook has focused his research on Africa, alternative development strategies, and globalisation. He has mainly conducted field work in Africa, especially in Kenya, Ghana and Mauritius, but  also travelled widely in Latin America and Asia. Further, he has published about 60 scholarly articles and chapters, as well as 12 books. Most recently he authored Reinventing the Left in the Global South: the Politics of the Possible (2014, Cambridge University Press), co-edited, revised and expanded Civilizing Globalization: A Survival Guide (2014, SUNY Press) with Ali Burak Guven, and co-authored Democracy in the Global Periphery: Origins, Challenges, Prospects (2007, Cambridge University Press). 

Professor Stuart Soroka

Professor of Communication Studies, University of Michigan

Faculty Associate, Centre for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

Ph.D. University of British Columbia

Professor Stuart Soroka is now the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science at University of Michigan, after leaving McGill University in 2014. Most of his recent research focuses on political communication, the sources and structure of public preferences for policy, and on the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media.

Professor Debra Thompson 

Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Northwestern University

Ph.D. University of Toronto

As a political scientist with strong interdisciplinary orientations, Professor Thompson's teaching and research interests focus on the relationships among race, the state, and public policy. Her research examines the state's role in the construction of racial categories and the ways in which legal demarcation of racial boundaries are imbued with multiple manifestations of political power, using transnational diasporic and comparative analysis. Professor Thompson held a SSHTC postdoctoral fellowship with the Centre for American Political Studies at Harvard University in 2010/2011 and received the prestigious Academic Gold Medal from the Governor General of Canada in 2011.