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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

Susan Franceschet and Brenda O'Neill presented a webinar for the University of Calgary on March 7th, 2019, moderated by Lisa Skierka entitled, "Women in politics: Access, impact and outcomes". The recorded webinar can be accessed by clicking on the link,

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Lisa Skierka, Susan Franceschet, Brenda O'Neill

We would like to extend a warm Welcome to Brooks DeCillia who joins the Department of Political Science effective January 1st, 2019 working with Dr. Melanee Thomas on a joint project between UofC--UofA program, Assessing Political Pathways for Energy Transition. 

Dr. Brooks DeCillia is a longtime journalist and public broadcaster. For more than a decade, Brooks was a national reporter with CBC News.  His reports regularly aired on CBC Television's The National and CBC Radio One programs, including the World at Six and World Report. Brooks covered stories across Canada, south Asia, Europe and the United States, and was embedded with Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. After working in network news, Brooks became the executive producer of CBC News in Calgary.

Congratulations to the students convocating this November.

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We are so very pleased to announce that, as of July 1, 2018, Dr. Gina Starblanket has joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Indigenous Politics with a research and teaching focus on the politics of decolonization in Canada.

It is with pride and sadness that we celebrate Mark Grosjean’s posthumous award of the Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion in Political Science at the spring Convocation Ceremony on June 6, 2018. The Silver Medallion recognizes the student graduating with the highest distinction in scholarship in each degree program.

Congratulations to all our students graduating today!

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Congratulations to Dr. Jack Lucas on receiving a Faculty of Arts Research Award in the New Scholar category!

Veniecia Laylor tells how volunteering on campus gave her career-transferable skills.  How the Peer Helper Program has prepared and assisted in her third year studies with a number of skills and how to apply them after university.

The Taxfighter Award 2018 is being given to four members of our department for their outstanding contributions to the cause of taxpayer emancipation.  

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.

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Brenda O'Neill, Taruneek Kapoor, and Lindsay McLaren, (2018), "Politics, Science, and Termination: A Case Study of Water Fluoridation Policy in Calgary in 2011", Review of Policy Research, (Early View),

Jim Keeley, "List of Bilateral Civilian Nuclear Co-operation Agreements" (2009 version) is now available on the dataverse at The list consists of 6 volumes: The Treaty List Project; Afghanistan –German Democratic Republic; Germany (Federal Republic of) – Russia (USSR); Saudi Arabia-Zambia; List by Sequences; Codebook and Dataset.

Antonio Franceschet, "Justice: Constitution and Critique," in Brent J. Steele and Eric Heinze, ed., Routledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations, (New York: Routledge, 2018), 264-274.

Joshua D. Goldstein, “Hegel’s Metaphysics of Marriage: Teleology, Ontology and Sexually Embodied Freedom in the Philosophy of Right’s Account of the Family” in Michael J. Thompson (ed.) Hegel’s Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Politics (New York: Routledge, 2018): 252–285.

Ian Brodie, "At The Centre of Government: The Prime Minister and the Limits on Political Power", McGill-Queen's University Press, April 2018, 224 pages.