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The Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research-oriented department with great ideological and intellectual diversity. We are proud to be a department of scholars who have developed the national and international profile necessary to sustain a high quality teaching and research program.

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Recent News

Ryan Dean was nominated to participate with the Canadian Armed Forces' as an embedded observer of a northern exercise known as the NOREX 18, February 4-17, 2018 in and around Resolute, Nunavut. This is a rare opportunity for Ryan who will travel with the soldiers of The Grey and Simcoe Foresters and Canadian Rangers of the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group operating on Cornwallis Island. He was selected for his expertise in the field of Canadian Arctic Affairs and for his knowledge in other fields.

We look forward to hearing of Ryan Dean's experience. As we receive information, be sure to check for updates below by clicking on the DIARY OF A MILITARY EMBEDDED OBSERVER.

For more information, please see the News Release from the Department of National Defense.

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On behalf of the Graduate Program, please join us in congratulating Sara Skinner and Bryan Winger on the birth of their son, Conrad John Winger, born October 5th in Calgary.  Conrad was 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and, according to Sara:  “healthy and happy, and they are settling into a new routine at home”!  We wish Sara, Bryan and Conrad all our best!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Sara is a PhD Candidate in our PhD program, under the supervision of Dr. Maureen Hiebert.

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The Department of Political Science had an award lunch for the nominees and awards winners on September 25th. Congratulations to all our nominees and winners for 2016-2017. 

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brenda O'Neill from the Department of Political Science has received a GREAT Supervisor Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. This annual award recognizes the excellent mentorship, dedication, and support for the graduate education provided by a faculty member in a graduate program.  Well done Dr. O'Neill!

We are pleased to report that, at the September 2017 Prairie Political Science Association (PPSA) meeting in Banff, Alberta, two of the three Essay contest awards were won by students whose winning essays came out of courses in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary.  The PPSA Best Graduate Paper was awarded to Michael Walz, for "Genocide in Rwanda: Why the United States Did Not Intervene". The PPSA Best Paper on Prairie Politics was awarded to our own Connor Molineaux, for "Federal-Provincial Relations and Conservatism in The Canadian West". Connor is currently pursuing his MA in the Department.

Did you know?

The International Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Program has moved to Political Science.
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We also house the International Relations Undergraduate Program.           
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• International Relations (IR) as an interdisciplinary subject is taught only at the Undergraduate level but students who are interested in an MA or PhD in IR should follow the link here as IR is taught as part of POLI at the graduate level.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
March 15, 2018 | 12:30 pm

2. Dr. Brendan Boyd, Research Associate, School of Public Policy
“Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Policy Transfer and Learning in Canada’s Federal System”
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 12:30 – 1:20 pm
Room SS 729
** Light lunch provided **

Date & Time:
April 12, 2018 | 12:30 pm

3. Elizabeth Pando, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Political Science
“The Depoliticization of Immigration Policies in Concertación Chile: Actors, Venue, and Frames”
Thursday, April 12, 2018: 12:30 am – 1:20 pm
Room SS 729
** Light lunch provided **

Date & Time:
April 19, 2018 | 12:00 pm

4. Dr. Rob Huebert, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science
“Canada and Arctic Security”
Thursday, April 19, 2018: 12 noon – 12:50 pm
Room SS 729
** Light lunch provided **

In the News

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Maureen S. Hiebert, "Why the (Western) cavalry isn't coming and what we can do about it" in Last Lectures on the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide, Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, Samuel Totten (ed.) (London and New York: Routledge, 2017), pp. 209-214.

Joshua D. Goldstein, 'Was It Good For You Too? The New Natural Law Theory and the Paradoxical Good of Sexbots', in John Danaher and Neil McArthur (eds.), Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017): 173-200.

Susan Franceschet, Claire Annesley, and Karen Beckwith, "What do Women Symbolize? Symbolic Representation and Cabinet Appointments," Politics, Groups, and Identities 5(3):488-493, 2017. 

Brenda O'Neill, "Continuity and Change in the Contemporary Canadian Feminist Movement," Canadian Journal of Political Science, 50:2 (June 2017), pp. 443-459.

Maureen S. Hiebert, "Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crisis, Identity", Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, (Series Editor Adam Jones) (Routledge, 2017).