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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

Congratulations to Jessica Dawn Marie Weber who has been awarded the Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion in Political Science, June 2014. 

Congratulations to professor Melanee Thomas and PhD candidate Lisa Lambert for winning the Jill Vickers Prize for their paper "Private Mom vs Political Dad? Communications of Parental Status in the 41st Canadian Parliament" originally presented at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association. The Jill Vickers Prize is awarded each year at the CPSA conference for the best paper presented in English or French on the topic of gender and politics. This is a second win for Melanee Thomas.

The Department of Political Science is currently seeking an Instructor to teach a Summer session course.  For more details, click here.

Congratulations Ella Wensel in receiving the 2014 Faculty of Arts Outstanding Staff Recognition Award on May 20, 2014 at the Arts Recognition/Awards Ceremony. 

Bonnie Walter receives a long service Recognition Award for 30 years of service on May 1st, 2014. Congratulations!

Photo by Colin Branner

Congratulations to political theory professor Joshua Goldstein for winning a 2013-2014 Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award. One of four winners from the Faculty of Arts, Joshua received his award at an SU award ceremony on April 23, 2014.

Photo by Gene Baines

Congratulations to Dave Snow, PhD Candidate (defending in April), who has been awarded a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Dalhousie University beginning September 2014!  Dave will be investigating comparative assisted reproductive technology policy in Australia, Canada, and the United States in the Faculty of Medicine with Novel Tech Ethics.  





Brenda O'Neill, head of the Department of Political Science will speak at the 40th Anniversary of the University of Calgary High School Model United Nations this weekend February 22-23, 2014.  This event is hosted by Dr. Robert Huebert, Dr. Jim Keeley, and Samantha Hossack, President of the Political Science Student Association.

After 45 years of dedicated service to the Department of Political Science Tom Flanagan has retired from the University of Calgary.  At his request Tom received a somewhat unusual gift to mark the occasion: a rubbing of a University of Calgary manhole cover.  Thanks to our head, Brenda O'Neill, and Brian Rusted, head of the Department of Art, for lending their artistic talents to the creation of Tom's lasting memory of the University of Calgary.

Elsa is interning at the Constitution Unit in the School of Public Policy / Political Science Department at the University College London. This is a leading British department. The Constitution Unit researches UK and comparative constitutional development as well as judicial appointments and independence in Britain.

Elsa is a member of the parliament team (headed by Dr. Meg Russell). Members of this team helped draft the UK Cabinet Manual in 2010-2011, based in part on the New Zealand Cabinet Manual. Elsa’s research on the New Zealand Manual for her MA at the University of Calgary led her to the Constitution Unit.

The parliament team is currently engaged in the most extensive investigation of British parliamentary operations since the 1970s. Elsa is constructing a database that will allow for content analysis of British Hansard (record of parliamentary proceedings) in order to probe the influence of select committees on MPs and Peers. This entails creating a codebook and collecting and coding relevant sections of Hansard.

Congratulations to Elsa on being selected for this internship!

Samantha Hossack / December 3, 2013
President, Political Science Association, University of Calgary