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

Pascale Massot is an assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

From December 2015 to July 2017 she was on public service leave from the university, serving as Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada and Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of International Trade of Canada.
Her research interests include the global governance of extractive commodity markets, the political economy of the Asia Pacific region and of China in particular, Chinese domestic commodity markets, including the iron ore, potash and uranium markets, the relationship between global rebalancing and systemic change in the international economy, Chinese state investments abroad and state investment funds more generally, Canada-China relations, the role of trust in global resource markets, and non-traditional security issues, especially economic, and resource security issues.
She has conducted field research in China, including as 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. Pascale Massot was the 2014-2015 Cadieux-Léger Fellow at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.



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

Dr. Derek Kornelsen has been working with MFN CAHR since November, 2014. 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)
Researcher, Department of Political Science,
Lund University, Sweden
Research Fellow, Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.

PSA 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.



Yana Gorokhovskaia, PhD (2016)
Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Russian Politics
Harriman Institute at Columbia University
Russian Studies & Policy

Yana Gorokhovskaia’s research examines authoritarian endurance and the evolution of civil society in post-Soviet states, with particular attention to patterns of protest and electoral dynamics in Russia. She is currently pursuing two projects: the first investigates tactics used to mobilize vulnerable voters across Russia’s regions and the second looks at the evolution of grassroots political organization and campaigning among the opposition in Moscow.

Her academic work and analytical commentary on contemporary Russian politics has appeared or is forthcoming in Post-Soviet AffairsRussian PoliticsProgram on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS),Point and Counterpoint, Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Harriman MagazineThe Washington Post, Expert Opinions, EurasiaNet, The Huffington Post and others.



Clare McGovern, PhD (2014)
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)
Lecturer in Politics/International Politics at the Department of Politics, at the University of Sheffield (UK)

Dr Anastasia Shesterinina joined the Department of Politics in January 2017 as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International Politics. Prior to taking up this position, she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2016) at Yale University, affiliated with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. She holds a PhD (2014, first class) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and an Honours Double Major BA (2008, summa cum laude) in Political Science and European Studies from York University in Canada. Dr Shesterinina has had extensive research methods training, including the Institute for Qualitative & Multi‐Method Research at Syracuse University (2010) and the Qualitative Methods and the Study of Civil War Course at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (2009).

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.