Richard Togman

Entered PhD: Sept 2010
Doctoral Committee: Arjun Chowdhury, Lisa Sundstrom, Renisa Mawani

Richard Togman is an advanced doctoral candidate in Political Science specializing in the fields of international relations, political theory and political economy. His current research focus situates him in the dynamic field of political demography as he utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the ways we understand the meaning of population growth and decline, the impact that demographic change has on our societies and the nature of government efforts to control and harness the reproductive power of individuals to serve state ends. As well, Richard is a passionate educator applying the latest in education research both within the university and the community.

In addition to academics and teaching, Richard is an avid outdoorsman with a passion for backcountry camping. He is a committed team member in the grad student soccer league and an active community member of several Vancouver based community organizations such as Trade School Vancouver and Mount Pleasant Mondays.

Richard is currently a member of the Canadian Forces, serving as an officer with the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.


PhD Candidate (ABD), University of British Columbia, Political Science, Vancouver BC – 2010 – Present

Masters of Arts, Carleton University, Political Science, Ottawa ON – 2008-2010

Bachelors of Arts, Wilfrid Laurier University, Political Science and Economics, Waterloo ON – 2002-2006


Patriotic Sex: Fertility, Fear and Power
Abstract – Decades of research has shown the relative futility of government efforts to manipulate the fertility rate of their citizens and that there is a distinct lack of correlation between population growth and indicators of state power. However, over one hundred and forty five states currently have ongoing and costly efforts to shape the reproductive behavior of individuals to achieve an idealized rate of aggregate population growth. These states differ culturally, economically, and politically, but their population control policies have ever only followed four models. Why do states that differ on many objective metrics maintain population policies that are broadly similar and have proven historically ineffective? This research find that states do not react to the objective facts of their situations but instead respond to an enduring set of ideas that are generated at the international level.  This is demonstrated by tracing the evolution of thinking on population growth and how competing models of the effects of population have driven state policies. Case studies, including France, Germany, Russia, India and China, are used to illustrate how these competing ideas motivate state intervention in the private reproductive lives of millions of individuals.

Leadership in the Academy

Instructor – POLI 240 Currents of Political Thought

·         In the summer of 2015 Richard developed a new course design for teaching political theory at the University of British Columbia. This new approach focuses on making the theoretical abstractions of political thought both relevant and tangible to second year undergraduate students utilizing the latest research in education to incorporate principles of participatory and active learning into the very fabric of the course. Students overwhelmingly responded with higher rates of attendance, improved retention of course content as shown on examinations and reported lower levels of anxiety and stress.

Teaching Assistant Training Coordinator – University of British Columbia                           

·         Richard is facilitating the diffusion of key education principles to both novice and experienced teaching assistants in a series of four seminars and workshops delivered over the course of the academic year. Topics include developing lesson plans, managing classroom environments, utilizing technology and devising student centric teaching approaches to enhance learning outcomes.

Teaching Assistant – University of British Columbia and Carleton University

·         Richard has worked as as a teaching assistant for over five years and has gained a wealth of experience which he utilizes to further innovative education programs at UBC. Highlights include working with Killam Teaching Award Winner Allen Sens to redesign the tutorial experience for undergraduate students and working in Vantage College, a program designed for international students, to reconceptualize the tutorial experience to better engage students whose first language is not English and who are exposed to the unique stresses of developing world students studying abroad.

Courses Taught:

·                     POLI 100 Introduction to Politics (UBC)

·                     PSCI 1100 Introduction to Political Science (Carleton University)

·                     POLI 220 Introduction to Comparative Politics (UBC)

·                     POLI 240 Currents of Political Thought (UBC)

·                     POLI 260 Introduction to Global Politics (UBC)

·                     PSCI 2601 IR: Global Politics (Carleton University)

·                     POLI 366 International Political Economy (UBC)

·                     POLI 404 Sustainable Forest Policy (UBC)

·                     VANT 148 Vantage College Projects

·                     VANT-POLI 100 Introduction to Political Science for Vantage College

PhD Mentorship Program

·         Richard has taken part in the PhD Mentorship program whose objective is to provide guidance and support to incoming graduate students. To date, Richard has mentored six first year graduate students from a variety of disciplines, meeting with them on a monthly basis to help them navigate the world of graduate studies.

Undergraduate Research Mentorship

·         Over the past year Richard has mentored 2 upper year undergraduates. Working closely with mentees, Richard advised on the design and writing of their major research project.  As well, Richard served as a general mentor on issues ranging from coping with stress, balancing professional obligations and planning career prospects.

Beyond the Classroom

Educator – Trade School Vancouver

·         Designed and led an interactive workshop/class for the general public through a community non-profit utilizing the principles of participatory and active learning to demonstrate major theoretical concepts in political theory which resulted in high levels of engagement and increasingly sophisticated discussions.

2nd Lieutenant, Canadian Forces – Reserves, Army

·         Duties include instructing entry level candidates on multiple topics including laws of war, military ethos, command structure, conventional and unconventional weapons systems and tacticsas well as supervising and providing guidelines to course staff, conducting personnel reviews and evaluations leading to promotions/demotions and disciplinary matters.

Consultant – Subject Matter Expert, Nelson Publishing

·         Compiled a series of readings on a wide range of topics for a course book aimed at undergraduate international relations courses and devised numerous questions of various styles for educators to draw from for teaching and evaluation purposes.

Consultant – Cathexis Consulting

·         Served as a program evaluator conducting qualitative studies for a number of corporate and government clients to determine the effectiveness of their programs, policies and organizational structures.

Researcher – National Defense University, Washington DC

·         Worked with senior faculty in developing novel research questions on various topics in American foreign policy and national security in order to achieve new perspectives on policy relevant issues such as on the use of US troops to conduct community engagement work in Latin America.

Professional Development

Instructional Skills Workshop

·         Excelled at this unique internationally recognized 3 day intensive teaching workshop specifically focused on educational techniques and skills including participatory learning, student engagement, lesson planning, targeted teaching objectives and student learning styles.

‘Designing and Teaching Your Own Course’ Workshop

·         Actively participated in a series of workshops led by senior department faculty, including Dr. Allen Sens (winner of multiple teaching awards including the Killam Teaching Prize), on the topics of course design, teaching techniques, designing effective evaluation instruments and other critical topics.

UBC Advising Conference

·         Developed ancillary educational skills focusing on providing the right kind of social environment for education.  Worked on how to contribute to student support structures, being sensitive to extra-curricular pressures, the need to create positive, classroom oriented social groups which support learning goals and helping students to succeed in a holistic manner.

Intercultural and Diversity Focused Teaching

·         Cultivated an additional skill set directed at teaching international and ‘English as an Alternative Language (EAL)’ students through an intensive workshop put on by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

University Teaching 101

·         Successfully completed a six week online learning courses delivered by Johns Hopkins University focusing on the recent developments and best practices in education pedagogy.