A Few of our Recent PhDs

Daniel Voth, PhD (2015)
Assistant Professor
University of Calgary


Daniel Voth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary, in the territory of Treaty 7 peoples. Daniel is Métis from the Métis Nation of the Red River Valley. He descends from a well-respected family of buffalo hunters who lived in Red River while traveling the length and breadth of the Northern plains. He was born, raised, and educated near his family’s scrip land in the inner city of Winnipeg. He has a BA in Politics from the University of Winnipeg, and served as the lead intern in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly Internship Program, where he wrote speeches and researched for both executive council and government members of the legislative assembly.

His doctoral research examined the political and decolonizing relationships between Métis and other Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. Using the work of Métis scholar and activist Howard Adams, Voth argued that fractious and uncomfortable political relationships can foster a broad inter-indigenous decolonizing politics.


Pascale Massot, PhD (2015)
Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa
Policy Advisor, Asia-Pacific, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion


Pascale Massot is an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, and a Policy Advisor, Asia-Pacific, to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion. She teaches political economy and Asia-Pacific politics, and her research interests include the governance of global extractive commodity markets, the relationship between global rebalancing and systemic change in the international economy, the political economy of the Asia-Pacific region, China in particular, – and Canada-China relations.

Pascale Massot was the 2014-2015 Cadieux-Léger Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, where she worked on projects ranging from Canada’s World Economic Forum engagement strategy, Asia Competencies and academic outreach. She was a visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and a visiting PhD Candidate at Peking University’s Center for International Political Economy.


Dr. Derek Kornelsen, PhD (2015)
Assistant Professor
University of Manitoba


Dr. Derek Kornelsen is an Assistant Professor in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. His research focuses on examining/contrasting Western and Indigenous philosophies and institutional frameworks, with a particular emphasis on developing a theoretical framework grounded in an understanding of the dynamics and impacts of Settler Colonialism. This theoretical framework enables a sensitivity to 2 key under-researched areas in Indigenous health and wellness research: the impacts of the disruption of Indigenous peoples’ relationships with land and environment; and strategies for decolonizing key institutions that Indigenous peoples must access (health as well as political, legal, educational, economic institutions). Broadly speaking, this theoretical frame contributes to the development of robust Indigenous determinants of health and wellness. He is currently involved in developing a number of local, national, and international research projects and partnerships in areas of Indigenous health and wellness.


Agustín Goenaga (PhD 2015)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, and Postdoctoral Researcher, STANCE, Lund University, Sweden


APSA 2016 Winner: Best Paper, Migration and Citizenship Section for “Race, Gender, Class, Disability, and the Ethics of Immigrant Selection”, by Dr. Antje Ellerman and Dr. Agustin Goenaga

Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) Winner: Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2016

The Social Origins of Collective Power: Organizations, Order and Development; Measurement Strategies of State Capacity; Pathways of State Capacity Diffusion.

Agustín Goenaga’s main research interests are in comparative political economy, comparative political development, democratic theory, and mixed-method research designs. He is currently researching The Social Origins of Collective Power: Organizations, Order and Development; Measurement Strategies of State Capacity; Pathways of State Capacity Diffusion.

At STANCE, Agustín is working on two main projects: i. a monograph on the evolution of state capacity and economic development among late industrializers in Western Europe and Latin America; ii. a series of articles on the factors that shape different dimensions of state capacity (e.g., taxation, information gathering, public goods provision, coordination of collective action, and territorial reach).

STANCE is a research program at the Department of Political Science at Lund University in Sweden, funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond).


Yana Gorokhovskaia, PhD (2016)
Russian Politics Postdoctoral Fellowship
Harriman Institute at Columbia University


Yana Gorokhovskaia specializes in Comparative Politics and democratization. Her research interests include transitional justice and political memory, informal institutions and civil society, and local level activism and politics in Russia – the focus of her dissertation. She also writes non-academic commentary on social and political events taking place in post-Communist countries as well as non-political commentary on issues in academia.

 

 

 

 


Clare McGovern, PhD (2014)
Lecturer
Simon Fraser University


Clare McGovern specializes in Comparative and Canadian Politics, and teaches courses on human rights, political economy, qualitative methods and separatist movements. She is currently working on two research projects. The first examines separatist parties which participate in the political systems they want to leave, (e.g. the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament). The second focuses on teaching practices, evaluating whether community partnerships can develop students’ understanding of their own political system.

She completed a law degree at Oxford and then trained as an accountant, working for the UK National Audit Office – reporting to Parliament on government programs. That job took her from English prisons to peacekeeping missions in the Balkans.

She previously held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Quest University, in Squamish, BC.


Anastasia Shesterinina, PhD (2014)
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University
Lecturer in Politics/International Politics at the Department of Politics, at the University of Sheffield (UK)


As of January 2017, Anastasia Shesterinina  is a tenure-track Lecturer in Politics/International Politics at the Department of Politics, at the University of Sheffield in the UK.

She is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University, affiliated with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Her main research area is internal dynamics of armed conflict. Her fieldwork-intensive doctoral dissertation, Mobilization in Civil War: Latent Norms, Social Relations, and Inter-Group Violence in Abkhazia, examines violent mobilization across the pre-, civil war, and post-war stages in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and advances a normative and socially-embedded explanation of high-risk action.

Her APSR article, “Collective Threat Framing and Mobilization in Civil War,” builds on and extends her dissertation research by focusing on how individuals come to perceive threat involved in civil war and how variable threat perceptions affect mobilization decisions. These aspects of her research form the foundation of her book manuscript (in progress), Mobilizing under Uncertainty. Her parallel research project explores international intervention in armed conflict. As part of this research, she worked at the Peace Research Institute of Frankfurt on the links between peacebuilding, democratization, and civil violence.

 

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