Professor and Head of Department

Barbara Arneil (Ph.D, London) is interested in the areas of identity politics and the history of political thought. As the author of John Locke and America (OUP, 1996) and many related articles, she has a specialization in the intersection between liberalism and colonialism. She is also interested in gender and political theory, publishing Feminism and Politics, Oxford Blackwell, 1999 (translated into Chinese and published by Oriental Press, 2005). In it she examines how gender shapes the definition and scope of ‘politics’. She has written a critique of social capital from the perspective of inclusive justice, entitled Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital, Cambridge University Press, 2006 and has published a co-edited anthology entitled Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice, Routledge, 2006. Her most recent work is in the areas of social trust and diversity, global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, the role of disability in political theory and domestic colonies. She has just published a co-edited book entitled Disability and Political Theory  with Cambridge University Press, 2016. Scholarly recognition includes the Harrison Prize (UK Political Studies Association award for best article published in Political Studies), Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellowship in Bellagio Italy, shortlisted for the C.B. MacPherson Prize (Canadian Political Science Association award for best book published in political theory) UBC Peter Wall Early Career Scholarship and the UBC Killam Research Prize.

Winter 2017

POLI100 Introduction to Politics Sections

Political issues and case studies, drawn from Canadian and international contexts, will be used to introduce students to central debates and concepts of politics and political analysis.

Post-Doctoral Supervision:

Olena Hankivsky, Ethic of Care and Public Policy

Torrey Shanks, Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow

PhD Students:


Murray, Karen. PhD (1996-2001) Geneology of Single Mothers (associate professor, York University)

Kershaw, Paul, PhD (1997-2002) Ethic of Care and Social Policy (associate professor, Human Early Learning Program, UBC)

Dhamoon, Rita. PhD (2000-2005) Difference and Identity Making (assistant professor, University of Victoria)

MacDonald, Fiona. (2002- 2008)Social Welfare, Multiculturalism and Neoliberalism (assistant professor, University of the Fraser Valley)

Pemberton, Sarah. (2004- 2011) Foucault and Prisons (assistant professor, University of South Florida)

Beausoleil, Emily. (2006-2012) Art as Democratic Engagement/Politics (Assistant Professor, Massey University, New Zealand)

Wrightson, Kelsey.  (2010-2015) Museums and Dene Resurgence Against the Politics of Recognition

Kornelsen, Derek Post-colonial Citizenship (2009-2015) Post-colonial citizenship

Chapelas, Katrina (2008-2016) Representation Politics of Proximate Identity

Afsahi, Afsoun (2009) Can We Talk? Willingness and Deliberative Capital

Current Doctoral Student Supervisions and Co-Supervisions:

Deanne Leblanc

Waged Jafer

Kathy Walker

Sarah Munawar

Elena Choquette

Current PhD Committees:

Serbulent Turan

Corey Snelgrove

MA students:

Manning, Kim. MA (1997) – Women and Chinese Politics (Associate Professor, Concordia University)

Zupanec, Nives. MA (1999) – Gender and Former Yugoslavia

Armitage, Faith. MA (2000) – Justice and Gender (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Dwyer, Michelle. MA (2000) – Ethic of Care

Trinh, Linh MA (2002) – Women and Chinese Politics

Kaljich, Helena MA (2002) Indigenous politics

Pemberton, Sarah MA (2002) Politics of Consent

MacGregor, Cara MA (2004) Metis and Identity Politics

Ianitti, Valerie MA (2004) Eugenics and Liberalism

Banack, Clark (2005) Multiculturalism and Western Canada

DeMerich, Diego MA student (2007) – EU and Ethic of Care

Afsahi, Afsoun (2009) Gender and Culture

Laura Munn-Rivard, (2009) Ontario Municipal Politics and Identity

Dana Granofsky (2009) Reasonable Accommodation and Deliberative Democracy

Nihan Sevinc (2010) In/visibility of Identities and Disability

Daniel Westlake (2010) Multiculturalism and Ukrainian Canadians

Sarah Munawar (2014) Disability and Democracy

Kate Stewart (2017) Resisting Rationality: The Transformative Capacity of Anxiety

Harrison Prize for Best Article Published in Political Studies by UK Political Studies Association (1996)

Peter Wall Early Career Scholar (2000)

Rockefeller Residential Fellowship, Bellagio Italy (2003)

Killam Teaching Prize, UBC (2005)

C.B. MacPherson Prize Shortlist for best book published in political theory (2008)

Killam Research Prize, UBC (2014)

Faculty of Arts Dean’s Research Award (2014)

(a) Books

Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colonyforthcoming, Oxford University Press.  (2017)

Disability and Political Theory, (co-edited with Nancy Hirschmann), Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital, Cambridge University Press, 2006 Shortlisted for the C.B. MacPherson Prize (best book in political theory) by the CPSA 2008.

Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice, co-edited with Avigail Eisenberg, Monique Deveaux, Rita Dhamoon, Routledge 2006.

Politics and Feminism Blackwells Press, Oxford, 1999. Translated and Republished in Chinese, Oriental Press, 2005.

John Locke and America: The Defence of English Colonialism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, March 1996.

(b) Selected Articles and Chapters

‘Lactating Mothers in Parliament: Beyond Accommodation’, Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics.  Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner (editors) UBC Press, 2017.

‘Disability in Political Theory versus International Practise: Redefining Equality and Freedom’, Disability and Political Theory, CUP, 2016.

‘Disability and Political Theory: An Introduction’ with Nancy Hirschmann, Disability and Political Theory, CUP, 2016.

‘Global Citizenship versus Cosmopolitanism’ Cosmopolitanism and the Legacies of Dissent, Routledge, 2014

‘Liberal Colonialism, Domestic Colonies and Citizenship’ Journal of the History of Political Thought. (Vol.:33:2, Summer, 2012)

‘Animals and Interdependence: Reply to Dolgert’. Political Theory, 38:6, December 2010.

‘Multiculturalism and the Social Sphere’ (with Fiona MacDonald), Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, Duncan Ivison (ed.) July, 2010.

‘Social Decline and Diversity: The Us vs. the Us’s’, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Special Issue on Diversity and Democracy, Cambridge University Press, June 2010.

‘Gender, Diversity and Organizational Change: The Boy Scouts vs. Girl Scouts of America’, Perspectives on Politics, Special Issue on Gender, Cambridge University Press March 2010.

‘Disability, Self Image and Modern Political Theory’ Political Theory, April, 2009.

‘Global Citizenship and Empire’ Citizenship Studies. Volume 11:3 July, 2007.

‘Women as Wives, Servants, Slaves: Rethinking the Public Private Divide’, John Locke: Critical Assessments. Peter Anstey, editor. (reprinted from Canadian Journal of Political Science, 34 (1): 29-54, March 2001) Routledge, 2008.

‘Citizens, Wives, Latent Citizens and Non-Citizens in the Two Treatises: A Legacy of Inclusion, Exclusion and Assimilation’. Eighteenth Century Thought. (3) Fall 2007.

‘The Meaning of Social in Social Capital’ Assessing Social Capital: Concept, Policy and Practice. Rosalind Edwards (ed.), Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

‘Cultural Protections vs Cultural Justice: Post-colonialism, Agonistic Justice and the Limitations of Liberal Theory’ Sexual Justice, Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practise, Barbara Arneil, Rita Dhamoon, Avigail Eisenberg and Monique Deveaux (eds.), Routledge, 2006.