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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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In Memoriam: Mark Grosjean

  Mark Grosjean entered the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Arts in Fall 2013. By Fall of 2014 he had chosen Political Science as his Major and when he convocated in November 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Mark was one of our Department’s—and indeed the Faculty’s—most accomplished and promising students. He died in a downhill ski accident on March 12, 2018.

Many of us had the opportunity to work closely with Mark, and everyone who taught him in the Department—which must have been virtually everyone—knew him as student of simply outstanding abilities, of deep and daring engagement, and as a wonderfully fun and lively conversationalist. In the classroom, Mark modelled for us the very nature of academic inquiry and philosophic curiosity.

Mark had an academic record of near perfection—if one may dare count as an imperfection three early ‘A-’s in an otherwise unbroken run of ‘A’ and ‘A+’ grades year-after-year. Only one of those ‘A-’ grades was in a Political Science course, and that was the Introduction to the History of Political Thought. Yet, instead of turning away from the subject, Mark rose to the challenge and embraced his own emerging interest, making political philosophy his focus within the Department and Philosophy his Minor.

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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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by Ryan Dean, PhD Candidate, Political Science

by Heath McCoy, Faculty of Arts

Maureen Hiebert's book Constructing Genocide and Mass Violence: Society, Crises, Identity (Routledge Studies in Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Series, 2017) has been nominated for the Lemkin Award for best book in genocide studies published in 2017. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Lucas on his recent appointment as Director of the Urban Policy Program, housed at the School of Public Policy in the University of Calgary!

The Urban Policy Program is a research program focused on producing refereed publications and shorter briefings on a wide range of urban policy topics, from tax policy to land use planning to governance and policy responsiveness. As Director of the Urban Policy Program, Dr. Lucas will be leading the development of research on urban topics, commissioning papers, and organizing events in addition to assisting students in the Masters of Public Policy program with research papers on urban policy topics.

Dr. Jim Keeley retired from the Department of Political Science on July 1, 2017 after 36 years of outstanding service to our program, discipline, and his innumerable students. Dr. Keeley is the author of over three-dozen articles, chapters, and edited collections, the recipient of four teaching awards, the supervisor of nearly 30-doctoral and master's students and the founder of the wildly successful multi-disciplinary International Relations Program within the Faculty of Arts. A celebration of his career and contributions occurred on September 29, 2017.

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 International Indigenous Studies Undergraduate Program has moved to Political Science.
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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:
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 **


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).