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Brenda O'Neill speaks in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University on "Unpacking Gender's Role in Political Representation in Canada" part of the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy Speaker Series, October 23, 2014.

The University of Calgary will be hosting the next Canadian Political Science Students Association's National Conference on Energy Politics. 

Registration for this conference starts on November 3rd. 

University of Calgary Political Science and International Relations students have complimentary access to the 2015 National Conference of the Canadian Political Science Student's Association ( being held in Calgary from January 21-25, 2015. You will need to request an access code from and then follow this link to register

This year’s recipient of the Donald N. Byers Memorial Killam Prize for the Best Statement of Program of Studies and Research was Mark Harding, doctoral student in the Department of Political Science. Harding received the award for having the best-written research proposal for a general audience. His research measures the extent of “inter-institutional dialogue” between courts and legislatures in Canada, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand in order to provide empirical evidence for how different models of rights protection affect democratic governance.

Doctoral candidate Lauren Moslow's presentation at the Women in International Security and Development Conference, held in Ottawa in May, was judged to be the second best of the 50 that comprised the event.  Congratulations Lauren!

The first Department of Political Science Annual Best Paper & Thesis awards were presented on September 12.

to our graduate students on winning awards for the 2014-15 year:

Congratulations Drs. Rainer Knopff and Gavin Cameron who each received "GREAT Supervisor Awards" from the Faculty of Graduate Studies for their outstanding supervision and mentorship of graduate students.

Susan Franceschet was awarded an Annual Fellowship for 2014-2015 at the Calgary Institute of the Humanities. During her fellowship, Dr. Franceschet will be working on her research project on "Gender, Representation, and the Executive Branch," which is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. The project explores how changing norms about representation in cabinets affect the recruitment and success of female ministers. The two case studies for the project are Spain and Chile.

On August 14 Dr. Susan Franceschet spoke on gender quota laws at the seminar "Falta la Otra Mitad," sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Chile and Corporación Humanas, a Chilean human rights and justice NGO.

After careful consideration of the many good nominations, the Awards Committee is very pleased to announce the winners of the Department's 2013-14 essay and thesis competition:

The 2013-2014 nominations for the Department of Political Science's first annual paper and thesis competition are now complete. We had 20 superb papers and theses nominated from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The winning papers and theses will be announced in September 2014 in an awards ceremony to be held in the Department of Political Science.

Congratulations to all the nominees!
Dr. Joshua D. Goldstein
Awards Committee Chair, 2013-2104


At an event marking Jay Makarenko's departure from the department to take up a new and exciting position with the Government of Alberta, department head Brenda O'Neill expresses our sincere gratitude for all of Jay's exceptional work as an instructor over the past three years.

Good Luck!


Brenda O'Neill, Katrine Beauregard, Susan Franceschet

Faculty Members of Political Science
Front Row (left-right): Maureen Hiebert, Brenda O'Neill (Department Head), Lisa Young (Dean, Gradaute Studies), Chris Carlile (GSA Representative)  Back Row (left-right): Richard Sigurdson (Dean, Faculty of Arts), Susan Franceschet, David Stewart, Pablo Policzer, Joshua Goldstein