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PhD students

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Research interest

Dissertation topic

Terhemba Ambe-Uva
International Relations and Comparative Politics Natural resource governance; regulation and governance theory; geopolitics of energy; comparative regionalism; critical policy analysis Under what conditions can the governance of the extractive sector, especially the reform of mining codes, improve accountability and sustainable development?
Antwi Boasiako
Comparative Politics; International relations Bilateralism, Democratization, Foreign policy, Sub-Saharan Africa, Trade, Foreign Aid Aid Givers or Trade Partners: Re-Examining Canada's Relations with Ghana and Tanzania
Cara Des Granges
Canadian and Quebec politics    
Daniel Dickson
Public Policy and Public Administration; Canadian and Quebec Politics Disability politics; developmental disabilities; aging politics; governance; identity; intergovernmental relations; social inclusion; social services How do divergent provincial governance structures differently affect the promotion of social inclusion outcomes for older adults with developmental disabilities in Canada?
Matthew Flanagan

Political Theory

commercial society; the Enlightenment; “the good life”; morality; animal liberation theory; philosophical pessimism

How the beginning of commercial society changed understandings of “the good life” and shaped theories of moral corruption.

Eli Friedland

Political Theory

political philosophy; theology;  responsibility; will; crime; correction; penality

The possibility and consequences of responsibility in Plato’s Laws.

Mark Kwakye Frimpong

Public policy; Comparative politics

International relations; Sub-Saharan Africa;  interactions between the public and private sectors in the sanitation and energy sectors

An examination of energy policy reforms in Africa through neo-institutionalist lens.

Audrey Gagnon
Canadian and Quebec Politics; Comparative Politics Attitudes toward minority groups; Social and political integration of immigrants; Impacts of immigration; Intergroup relations An analysis of immigrants’ feelings of belonging in nationalist societies.
Brent Gerchicoff
International Relations; Comparative Politics International Security; Causes of War; Foreign Policy-Making; Nuclear Proliferation and Strategy;  Strategic Studies; Grand Strategy; Military Doctrine. The Origins of Containment: Alliance Structures and the Domestic Politics of Foreign Policy
Donal Gill

Political Theory; Comparative Politics

Imperialism, empire, colonialism; politics and literature

What does Jonathan Swift’s portrayal of participation in imperialism tell us about human nature?


Mounir Katul

Comparative Politics; International Relations

Comparative ethnic politics; electoral systems and coalition formation; civil wars; violence; international political economy; strategic studies, and Middle East politics

The impact of both international/geostrategic interests and partisan coalition formations on ethnic identity politics, specifically on identity shifts in ethnically divided societies.

Lara Khattab
Comparative Politics; International Relations    
Lindsay Larios

Public policy; Comparative politics

Gender politics; care work; immigration; refuges; intersectionality

How do policies influence the social (de)valuation of both care work and care workers and what are the implications for female immigrant care workers?

Manon Laurent

Comparative Politics; Public Policy

Chinese politics; education policies in China; Chinese government and policy-making; nationalism; political support in Canada

The main shifts in contemporary Chinese education policies and how they shape the education system, especially in middle class urban areas.

Rubens Lima Moraes

Comparative Politics; Public Policy

Latin American politics; corruption

Kenneth Martin

International Relations; Comparative Politics

civil war; terrorism and insurgency; peace support operations; state building/formation

A social network analysis of the complex relationships and collusion between various state actors and non-state armed groups.

Jocelyn McGrandle

Canadian & Quebec politics; Public Policy

Diversity policy; diversity management; human resource management; organizational performance; representative bureaucracy

An examination of how diversity policies affect organizational performance in federal governments.

Shoghig Mikaelian

International Relations; Comparative Politics

international security; armed non-state actors; counter-insurgencies, economic statecraft; foreign policy-making

How armed non-state actors influence the foreign policy behavior of states, particularly in terms of economic statecraft.

Louis-Philippe Morneau

International Relations; Comparative Politics

security and strategic studies; decision-making processes; institutional coordination; South and Southeast Asian politics

An analysis of strategic behavior that maximizes foreign policy decision-making autonomy

Adnan Raja

Public Policy; Comparative Politics

Humanitarian intervention; technology; environmental security; information communication technology (ICT); drones; policy networks

Marina Revelli
Public Policy and Public Administration; Comparative Politics

Population Aging; Social Gerontology; Aging Policy in Canada and the United States; Polarized Ageism


An examination of the different conceptualizations of aging and their impacts/relations to public policy in the United States and Canada.  
Kerry Tannahill

Canadian and Quebec politics; Comparative Politics

Democracy; political support; government performance; identity; public opinion; Canadian and Quebec politics; municipal and local government politics

What aspects of democracy in Quebec are failing and potentially driving discontent with the democratic system more generally?

Ozge Uluskaradag

Public Policy; Comparative Politics

Comparative health policy; politics of bureaucracy; politicization; social policy; developing countries; institutional analysis; research methods

The impact of the forms and degrees of politicization in policy-making in a comparative setting.

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