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Dr. Noah Samuel Schwartz, MSc, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Noah S. Schwartz is an Assistant Professor (LTA) in Political Science at Concordia University. His research focuses on the role that advocacy groups and social movements play in the public policy process. His research interests include the politics of narrative and memory, the theories of the policy process, and firearms policy.

Noah was a finalist for the 2020 SSHRC Storytellers Contest.

Noah received his MSc in Defence, Development and Diplomacy from Durham University (UK) in 2015, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Carleton University in 2021. 

Teaching activities


POLI 361 - Advocacy Groups in Public Policy

POLI 463 - Government and Business in Canada

POLI 489 - Big Ideas in Public Policy

POLI 636B - Public Policy and Administration Theory

Research activities

Current Research Projects

“The Politics of Leisure – the Case of Pro Gun Advocacy in Canada”. Presented at CPSA 2021. Book proposal approved by University of Alberta Press. Currently conducting interviews. 

“Tweet Shooting: Understanding the Use of Evidence in Policy Narratives on Twitter”. Data analysis ongoing. Accepted to be presented at MPSA, April 2022. 

“Retributive Policy” (working title). Research ongoing. 

Published Articles

“Called to arms: the NRA, the gun culture & women”. Critical Policy Studies, 15(1): 74-80. 2019. 10.1080/19460171.2019.1697892.

“Guns in the North: Assessing the Impact of Social Identity on Firearms Advocacy in Canada”. Politics & Policy. Published online June 4, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/polp.12412. 


“On Target: Gun Culture, Storytelling, and the NRA”. Under contract with the University of Toronto Press. Publication forthcoming. 

“The Politics of Leisure: Pro-Gun Advocacy in Canada”.  Research in progress. 


How to fight gun crime in Montreal and win. October 11, 2021.The Montreal Gazette.

Proposed Canadian gun bill will create U.S.-stylepatchwork of firearms laws. March 31, 2021. The Conversation Canada.

Why Canadians and Americans buying guns during thecoronavirus pandemic. April 8, 2020. The Conversation Canada. 

"The Big Debate: Is the Assault weapon buyback a misguided idea?"  January 28, 2020. Toronto Star. 



Called to arms: the NRA, the gun culture & women. Critical PolicyStudies, 15(1): 74-80. 2019. 10.1080/19460171.2019.1697892.


Guns in the North:Assessing the Impact of Social Identity on Firearms Advocacy in Canada”. Politics& Policy. Published online June 4, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/polp.12412. 

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