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UBC Political Science COVID-19 response

UBC Political Science COVID-19 response

All Political Science courses including all lectures, tutorials, discussion groups and seminars are online only for 2020 Winter Term 1. The delivery format of Winter Term 2 courses will be confirmed at a later time, though we are currently preparing for online delivery. UBC Political Science is also continuing the University’s requirement of remote working […]

UBC Political Science students participate in international learning projects

UBC Political Science students participate in international learning projects

E-classrooms wrap up fall semester UBC Political Science students were among 123 Canadian university students who did experiential learning projects with Cuso International this December. Alongside students from Mount Royal, Centennial College, University of Ottawa, UBC Political Science students supported six projects in Colombia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Cameroon and Jamaica. Pictured here, our student team […]

Departmental Speaker – Axel Dreher Feb. 24, 2020

Departmental Speaker – Axel Dreher Feb. 24, 2020

On February 24, Axel Dreher, professor of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University, presented a departmental talk titled The Political Economy of Chinese Aid to the UBC Political Science department. Pictures below. Abstract: We investigate the political economy of Chinese foreign aid allocation and effectiveness. To this end, we introduce a new dataset of […]

Students now get Rich Transcripts!

Students now get Rich Transcripts!

The UBC Political Science department is now providing Major and Honours program graduates with a more robust representation of what they learned and did in their Political Science courses. It’s called a Rich Transcript. Graduates of the majors and honours programs who completed their degree in 2018 or 2019 have now received their personalized document. The […]

Departmental Speaker: Antoinette Handley

Departmental Speaker: Antoinette Handley

Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Antoinette Handley gave a talk titled: Doing business like a state? AIDS, violence and the construction of business autonomy on January 28, 2020 as the Departmental Speaker to the Department of Political Science (photos below).           […]

Distinguished Speaker Event: Erik Voeten Nov. 15, 2019

Distinguished Speaker Event: Erik Voeten Nov. 15, 2019

Professor Erik Voeten from Georgetown University gave a talk titled: Public Opposition to Human Rights Adjudication in National and European Courts on November 15, 2019 as the Distinguished Speaker Guest to the Department of  Political Science (photos below).       Bio: Erik Voeten is the Peter F. Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Justice in […]

Departmental Speaker Margaret Moore Nov 8, 2019

Departmental Speaker Margaret Moore Nov 8, 2019

Professor Margaret Moore from Queen’s University gave a talk titled: Territorial Rights in Unoccupied Places November 8, 2019 to the Department of  Political Science (photos below). Bio: Margaret Moore is Professor in the Political Studies department at Queen’s, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy and Diversity there. She is the author of four […]

UBC on the podium for work on UN Sustainable Development Goals

UBC on the podium for work on UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings now assess universities’ work on and contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). UBC ranks third on the list for 2019. The Department of Political Science and its affiliated programs and institutes are a globally recognized centre for understanding environmental political, globalization, conflict, and sustainable […]

Departmental Speaker: Dr. Klaus Dodds

Departmental Speaker: Dr. Klaus Dodds

Professor Klaus Dodds from Royal Holloway, University of London gave a talk titled: Problematising icy geopolitics? Elemental, metaphorical and volumetric reverberations on Monday, September 9, 2019 to the department of Geography and Political Science (photos below). Professor Dodds works on geopolitics and security, media/popular culture, ice studies and the international governance of the Antarctic and Arctic. […]

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Celebrating Barbara Arneil for her dedicated service as Department Head

Celebrating Barbara Arneil for her dedicated service as Department Head

On June 11, 2019 the Political Science Department Faculty, Staff, and Emeriti celebrated Professor Arneil’s 3 years of dedicated service as Department Head at Cecil Green Park House.  Her service ends on June 30, 2019.  The department would like to thank Barbara for her work and stewardship and look forward to her future contributions in […]

2019 Undergraduate Awards

2019 Undergraduate Awards

Following the Spring 2019 Convocation, our Department held its annual award ceremony to recognize our top undergraduate students and essay prize recipients. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the entire class of 2019! Event photo gallery below.   Undergraduate Awards Robert Lorne Stanfield Prize in Political Science $200 awarded to a student with […]

Welcome Yang-Yang Zhou, Assistant Professor

Welcome Yang-Yang Zhou, Assistant Professor

Our Department is pleased to welcome Yang-Yang Zhou (PhD Princeton) as Assistant Professor in comparative politics. She will be joining our Department on July 1st, 2019, as one of four new faculty members in Political Science. Please join us in welcoming Yang-Yang! Read more about her research below. Yang-Yang Zhou received her PhD from the […]

Congratulations Michael Weaver, Assistant Professor

Congratulations Michael Weaver, Assistant Professor

We are pleased to announce that Michael Weaver will begin his position as Assistant Professor in ethnic politics and media on July 1st, 2019, as one of four new faculty members in Political Science. Michael joined our Department in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. Read on to learn more about his research. Michael Weaver (PhD […]

Welcome Matthew Wright, Assistant Professor

Welcome Matthew Wright, Assistant Professor

Our Department is pleased to welcome Matthew Wright (PhD Berkeley) as Assistant Professor in Political Behaviour. He will be joining our Department on July 1st, 2019, as one of four new faculty members in Political Science. Please join us in welcoming Matthew, and learn more about his research and publications below. Matthew Wright earned his […]

Welcome Carey Doberstein, Assistant Professor

Welcome Carey Doberstein, Assistant Professor

Our Department is pleased to welcome Carey Doberstein as Assistant Professor in Canadian Politics. He will be joining our Department on July 1st, 2019, as one of four new faculty members in Political Science. Please join us in welcoming Carey, and read on to learn more about his innovative and progressive research programs. Carey Doberstein […]

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Kathryn Sikkink: 2019 Zacher Distinguished Speaker

Kathryn Sikkink: 2019 Zacher Distinguished Speaker

Listen to Audio and see photos from Kathryn Sikkink’s talk to our department on March 21, 2019, here. Announcement: Our Department is pleased to welcome Kathryn Sikkink (PhD, Columbia University) as the 2019 Mark Zacher Distinguished Visitor. Sikkink is the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Carol K. […]

Distinguished Speaker: Carolyn Tuohy

Distinguished Speaker: Carolyn Tuohy

Carolyn Tuohy (PhD Yale), Professor Emeritus and Founding Fellow in Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, gave a talk to our department about her most recent book, Remaking Policy: Scale, Pace, and Political Strategy in Health Care Reform (U of T Press, 2018) on Wednesday, March 13 2019 […]

2019 Phil Lind Initiative: America and the Climate Crisis

2019 Phil Lind Initiative: America and the Climate Crisis

January – April, 2019 Reserve Tickets Now! America and the Climate Crisis Series Summary: “The world is nearing the point-of-no-return for catastrophic and irreversible climate change. Without action, the future will be one of mass forced migration, famine, and economic costs in the trillions of dollars. Many of these effects will be felt within the United […]

Alumni Brunch: Ottawa
Canada’s Electoral Future in Comparative Perspective – a Conference in Honour of Dick Johnston 

Canada’s Electoral Future in Comparative Perspective – a Conference in Honour of Dick Johnston 

Canada’s Electoral Futre in Comparative Perspective Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC October 26th and 27th, 2018 This workshop has been organized in celebration of Richard Johnston’s scholarly and professional contributions to political science. The focus of the workshop is “Canada’s Electoral Future in Comparative Perspective”, a theme that is […]

NEW Referendum Resource by POLI 308D

NEW Referendum Resource by POLI 308D

With a website, podcast, quizzes, an abundance of information and media fact-checking, the student creators behind UVoteBC have designed an innovative and unbiased resource on the 2018 BC Referendum. The students are part of POLI 308D – Issues in Canadian Politics, an undergraduate political science course taught by Fred Cutler, an Associate Professor of Political […]

International Relations Colloquium – Dr. T.V. Paul

International Relations Colloquium – Dr. T.V. Paul

On October 12th, Professor T.V. Paul was a Department Speaker for the Political Science Department. Title of Talk: Great Powers – Most Violent Actors T.V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He was President of International Studies Association (ISA) during 2016-17. Paul is […]

Martin Papillon’s Recent Talk
Peter Dauvergne: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Peter Dauvergne: Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Peter Dauvergne on being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. This honour recognizes the great contribution Dauvergne has made to academia and to society, as his timely and groundbreaking scholarship is helping us to better understand global environmental politics. This designation is the highest honour a scholar in the arts, […]

Alan Cairns (1930-2018) – In Memoriam

Alan Cairns (1930-2018) – In Memoriam

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleague and former Department Head, Professor Emeritus Alan Cairns, who passed away on August 27, 2018. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends. Alan is remembered as a kind, generous and supportive colleague, and as a foremost scholar whose work shaped political thought […]

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2018 Undergraduate Awards

2018 Undergraduate Awards

Following the Spring 2018 Convocation, our Department held its annual award ceremony to recognize our top undergraduate students and essay prize recipients. Congratulations to all of the winners and to the entire class of 2018! Event photo gallery below. Undergraduate Awards Political Science Gold Medal & the Department of Political Science Scholarship A gold medal […]

Q&A with Susan Rice, Former US National Security Adviser

Q&A with Susan Rice, Former US National Security Adviser

On February 15th, 2018 Susan Rice visited our Department for an hour-long question and answer period with faculty and graduate students. Rice is the former US National Security Advisor to President Obama and UN Ambassador. This unique opportunity was in conjunction with Rice’s appearance at the Lind Initiative talks. Rice is currently a Contributing Opinion […]

MP Joyce Murray visits Chowdhury’s Security Studies Class

MP Joyce Murray visits Chowdhury’s Security Studies Class

Member of Parliament, Joyce Murray (Vancouver-Quadra), visited Assistant Professor Arjun Chowdhury‘s POLI360 Security Studies class on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. MP Murray fielded student questions on a range of government policies, including national intelligence, environment, and privacy. She also spoke about her experience in public service and how younger generations can get involved locally/ globally in a […]

Peggy Kohn’s Recent Talk

Peggy Kohn’s Recent Talk

Our Department welcomed University of Toronto Professor Margaret (Peggy) Kohn (PhD Cornell) as a Distinguished Visitor on March 2, 2018. Professor Kohn is a political theorist, and her research interests include the history of political thought, critical theory, social justice, colonialism, and urbanism. Two of Kohn’s recent research projects have been supported by SSHRC grants, ‘Approaches to […]

Christopher S. Parker’s Recent Talk

Christopher S. Parker’s Recent Talk

Christopher S. Parker Professor of Political Science, University of Washington, Seattle January 29th Talk: It’s NOT the economy, dumbass; It’s all about race According to convention, if Trump is to be defeated, Democrats must win the working-class white vote. This is a mistake for two reasons. First, class-based appeals NEVER work for people of color. Second, economic […]

Welcome Anna Jurkevics, Assistant Professor

Welcome Anna Jurkevics, Assistant Professor

Our Department is pleased to introduce Assistant Professor Anna Jurkevics (PhD Yale, 2017). Anna’s research is in the fields of critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought. In her work, Anna investigates themes related to territory, land, and migration. She also specializes in the political thought of Hannah Arendt. Please join us in […]