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Recent MA Theses

2017
Alex Carleton
"Contours of the Religious Voting Cleavage in 21st Century New Brunswick"
Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

2016
Anna Johnson
"A Comparative Analysis of Political Finance Regulation in the Maritime Provinces"
Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

Jason Smythe
"Habitus, Field Theory and the 'Bridge': Using A Bourdieusian Approach to Examine and Explain Cold War Continuities in Britain's Post-Cold War Foreign Policy"
Supervisor: Dr. Terry Terriff

Paul Boakye
"Chieftaincy Conflicts in Ghana: A case study of the Ga Mashie Chieftaincy Conflict Under the Fourth Republic"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Brianna Morris
"The Law and Politics of Provincial Impaired Driving Legislation"
Supervisor:  Dr. Rainer Knopff; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton

Rob Curriewood
"Playing in the Margins: Collaboration between Local Party Organizations in the Canadian Party System"
Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

2015
Alexei Kondrackyj
"Negotiating Design: The Case of the International Criminal Court"
Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Cameron Dykstra
"Winning the War of Words:  U.S. Foreign Policy Subcultures and the Grand Strategy of Primacy"
Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Chelsea Ogilvie
"Winning Conditions for Charter Reconsiderations:  Assisted Suicide in the Supreme Court of Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton

Ali Radhi
"Dynamic Identities and Ethnosectarian Conflict: The Case of Iraq Under Occupation"
Supervisor: Dr. Tareq Ismael

2014
Ryan Pike
"Unraveling the Impact of Media Use on Political Knowledge"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Melanee Thomas

Maria Ford
"A Violent Symbiosis: Gangs, the State, and the Rise in Crime in São Paulo After 2012"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Joshua Haase
"The Ontology of Marriage"
Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Mitch Parkinson
"Nationalist Violence and Terrorism: The Cases of Northern Ireland and Wales Compared"
Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Adam Rousselle
"Mutual Predators: An Examination of Russia's Oil, Natural Gas, and Nuclear Sectors in the Post-Soviet Era"
Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

Sean Fleming
"The Locus of Responsibility in International Relations: A Theory of State Responsibility"
Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Elsa Piersig
"No Confidence in Non-Confidence Votes: Would the New Zealand Confidence Protocol or Constructive Non-Confidence Restore the Canadian Confidence Convention?"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

2013
Brett Loewen
"Partners in Change: An Analysis of the 2011 B.C. Liberal Leadership Contest"
Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

Mark Machacek
"New Institutionalisms and the Resurgence of Traditional Authority in the Sub-harann Africa: The Buganda Case Study"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Meredith Lilly
"Bureaucracy and Thoughtfulness: Totalitarian Evil in the Political Theory of Hannah Arendt"
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Kieran Jimenez
"Evolutionary Ethics? Substantiators, Skeptics and Moral Realism"
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Tobey Berriault
"Unusual Suspects: Religion, Chieftaincy, and Post-Conflict Reintegration in Sierre Leone"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Olivia Rocskar
"The Roots of Democratic Participation: The Historical Legacies of the Polish Partitions"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

2012
Geoff Adair
"Emergent Arctic, Divergent Approaches: The Impact of Federal Organizations on Canada's Pursuit of Sovereignty Over Its Arctic Waters"
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Kim Weger
"The Role of NGOs in Development Initiatives:  An Analysis of Effective Participation and Representation in Ghana"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Andrew Newman
"Shifting the Status quo of Freedom: Civil Libertarians and the Supreme Court of Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Meredith McDonald
"Pink Slips for Politicians:  Assessing Recall in Canada"
Supervisor: Dr.Tom Flanagan

Kelly Pasolli
"Clarifying the Complexity:  Rethinking Studies of Variation in Child Care Policy"
Supervisor:  Dr. Lisa Young;  Co-Supervisor: Dr. Susan Franceschet

Tyson Kennedy
"Methinks the Amicus Doth Protest Too Much:  Adjudicating Canada's Polygamy Policy"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Sean Hebert
"Insert Clever Title Here:  Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the Evolving Role and Influence of Political Satirists in Twenty-First Century America"
Supervisor: Dr. David Taras

2011
Candice Powley
"Pondering the Democracy Promotion Puzzle:  A Theoretical Assessment of Why States Promote Democracy"
Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Mark Harding
"Value Added?  The Supreme Court's Use of 'Charter Values'"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Tammy Lambert
"Deepening Divides: Emergent Consequences of Rwanda's Reconciliation Initiatives"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Tim Anderson
"The Enduring Nature of Pre-Modern Thought"
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Mateusz Trybowski
"Why Parties Vote Together in Montreal City Council: Rethinking Assumptions About Legislative Party Cohesion in Parliamentary Systems"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

2010
Kelly Cust
"The Not-So-Unique Country: The Irrelevance of Canada's Human Security Agenda and the Primacy of its National Interests"
Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Jane Arduini
"Resisting the Continental Pull: A Comparative Study of Canadian Trade Diversification Attempts, 1972-2005"
Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

David Schow
"The Environment, The Constitution, and the Supreme Court of Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Rob Blake
"Towards a Conception of Rape as a Violation of Constitutive Autonomy in Greek, Christian, New Natural Law Theory"
Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Dima Lazarova
“ ‘Energy Security’ and the International Relations Canon:  A Case Study on China”
Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Mark Castelino
“The Notion of Philosophical Anthropology in the Political Thought of Eric Voegelin”
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

2009
Chris Langille
“American Exceptionalism, Power and the Age of Terror: Neoconservatism in Theory and Practice.”
Supervisor: Dr. Tareq Ismael

Kiley Thompson
“A Comparison Analysis of the Factors Influencing Policy Divergence in Liquor Retail Policies of Progressive Conservative Governments in Alberta and Ontario in the 1990s.”
Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

Will Greaves
"Lost in the Desert:  Human Security and the Dilemmas of Canadian Policy in Afghanistan"
Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

David Snow
"From Commission to Conception:  Commercial Surrogacy and Morality Policy in Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Shawna Ritchie
"Political Myth and Democracy:   An Examination of the Nature of Political Myth in Democratic Societies"
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Gemma Collins
"The Uneasy Case of Intellectual Property"
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Evan Wilson
"Electoral Reform and the Correct Vote:  The Case of New Zealand"
Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O'Neill

2008
Alex Garcia Magos
"Presidential Power and Democracy in Mexico"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Jason Munroe
"A Comparison of Social and Economic Political Attitudes of Canadian and American Evangelical Protestants"
Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O'Neill

Kevin Wasko
"Burgeoning Quandary: The Urban/Suburban/Rural Cleaveage in Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O'Neill

Andrew Webb
"The Next Afghan Civil War"
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Juliana Ramirez
"Rethinking the Link Between Civil Society and Civil War: The Case of Columbia"
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Paul Willetts
"The Rules of the Game: A Comparative Case Study of Carbon-Based Energy Policy in Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Gretchen MacMillan

Sam Austin
"Regulating Political Finance in Canadian Cities"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Erin Hutchinson
"Entrenching Gender Norms:  HIV/AIDS Peer Education in Durban"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Tyler Wightman
"Parliament and Canadian Foreign Policy"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Barry

Steven Hobbs
"Direct  Voter Contact: Its Effectiveness in the 2004 and 2006 Conservative Party of Canada's  Election Campaigns"
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

2007
Dylan Hanley
"Evaluating Israel's Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy"
Supervisor: Drs. Dowty and S. Keren

Michael Colborne
"An Election to Find an Era?  A Study of Print and Television Coverage of the 2004 Alberta Provincial Election"
Supervisor: Dr. Keith Archer

Paul Fairie
"God Only Knows:  The Canadian Catholic Voter in a Comparative Context"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Trevor Shelley
"Ascent from the Biological Baseline to Philosophical Openness:  An Essay on the Order of Inquiry into Human Nature and Politics"
Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Chris Berry
"Policy Change in Aviation Security, Canada and the United States, 1985-2005"
Supervisor: Drs. Anthony Parel, Lisa Young and Gavin Cameron

Mark Bizek
"The Anterior of Power Relations: Opening a Discourse into the Being of Intersubjective Power Relationships"
Supervisor: Dr. Katrine Froese

Heather Kathol
"Becoming a World City: A Policy Approach for Calgary"
Supervisor: Dr. Stan Drabek

David Williams
"The Changing Nature of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada"
Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

2006
Carol-Anne Eves
"Continuity and Japan's Inaugural Human Security-Centered Foreign Policy"
Supervisor: Drs. Kimie Hara and James Keeley

Julie Kielstra
"Government Action and Political Leadership:  Roles & Responsibilities in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS:  Examining the Impact the Impact of President Thabo Mbeki's Leadership on the Effectiveness of National AIDS Strategies in South Africa"
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Anita Singh
"Why Can't We All Get Along? Synthesizing Human and Traditional Security:  A South Asian Case Study" 
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Melanee Thomas
"The Political Disengagement of Canada's Young Women"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Laura Young
"Dominant by Demand: An Historical Investigation of the Role for the Party Leader in Canada’s Federal Political Parties"
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young