Political Science
Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three named Distinguished University Professors

Three professors are the latest recipients of Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) awards, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers

Loud Luxury scores four Juno nominations

Loud Luxury scores four Juno nominations

Loud Luxury, the Canadian dance/electronic duo born out of a friendship forged at Western, will not only be performing at the Juno Awards in London in March – they’ve just been nominated for four major awards at the event.

Program creates a new life in a new home

Program creates a new life in a new home

At first, everything was fine. At 11, Mariana Garcia emigrated from Mexico to Canada. She welcomed the chance to make a life in a new country. “ But soon, the realities of her situation took hold. No one at her school spoke Spanish, leaving Mariana isolated. By the final years of high school, she was quite vulnerable.

Research shows cities take long road to recycling

Research shows cities take long road to recycling

Among municipalities recycling and re-using construction waste, including gravel, concrete, sand and asphalt, Ontario has its ‘leaders’ and its ‘laggards,’ explained Kate Graham, a Political Science professor at King’s and Brescia University Colleges.

Joint project targets Indigenous water crisis

Joint project targets Indigenous water crisis

Chris Alcantara knows it will take more than government funding to address the water crisis in Canada’s Indigenous communities. The money is important, sure. But building a collaborative relationship with Indigenous communities is what will build the foundation for future water infrastructure, he said.

Book finds solution in cooperation, conversation

Book finds solution in cooperation, conversation

As in many towns, there’s a skateboarding park in Teslin, Yukon, where children and teenagers play. The one in Teslin, however, was jointly built by the Teslin Tinglit Council – a Yukon First Nation government – and the municipality.

Political scientists parse the Ontario vote

Political scientists parse the Ontario vote

Following the Ontario provincial election campaign has been a “new toy, every day” for Western Political Science professor Cristine de Clercy. “This is a really complicated election. If we look at the economic issues alone, not just the state of the provincial...

Western scholars named among CRC ranks

Western scholars named among CRC ranks

Two Western researchers have been named Canada Research Chairs (CRC), a program which recognizes the country’s best scholars across disciplines, while a third research saw his chair elevated from a Tier 2 to a Tier 1. This now brings Western’s total number of CRCs to 41.

Attack ads become a double negative

Attack ads become a double negative

With a provincial election just months away, expect the gloves to come off and the rhetoric to ramp up. But negative campaigning – candidates trying to improve their odds with ads slamming their opponents – may not be the best way to win an Ontario election, according...

Alumna embraces new ‘Power’ player role

Alumna embraces new ‘Power’ player role

Vassy Kapelos’ keen interest in politics was cultivated early by her parents, family members and three newspapers that hit her doorstep every day while growing up in Toronto.

Dimitrov tapped to support EU climate team

Dimitrov tapped to support EU climate team

Political Science professor Radoslav Dimitrov is playing an important role in reworking how the European Union is communicating its climate policies. A global environmental politics and climate diplomacy expert, Dimitrov was recently invited to become a member of the...

Quinn tapped to lead RSC College

Quinn tapped to lead RSC College

Just two years after Joanna Quinn was named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the Western Political Science professor will move into the organization’s top post. Quinn was recently named President-Elect of the...

CEL program honoured for community impact

CEL program honoured for community impact

The one thing Stephanie Hayne Beatty hears most often from students enrolled in a Community Engaged Learning (CEL) course is the class helps “learning come to life.” “The whole idea is students are able to take their classroom knowledge into the community, and take...

Quinn tapped to head RSC New College

Quinn tapped to head RSC New College

Political Science professor Joanna Quinn has been named President-Elect of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the organization announced Tuesday.

New program a chip off the Oxford block

New program a chip off the Oxford block

As of next year, Western undergraduate students will have the opportunity to enroll in a program inspired by what The Guardian and BBC once dubbed “the degree that runs Britain.” Oxford University’s PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) program – which makes up a...

Abelson: ‘It’s the world according to Trump’

Abelson: ‘It’s the world according to Trump’

He just doesn’t get it – and may never will. In U.S. President Donald Trump, Political Science professor Don Abelson – one of Canada’s leading experts in American politics, U.S. foreign policy, and think tanks – sees a leader rooted in his narcissism, increasingly...

Project eyes extent of mayoral power in Canada

Project eyes extent of mayoral power in Canada

How much political muscle do Canadian mayors flex? That is exactly what Political Science PhD student Kate Graham’s The Mayors Project hopes to find out. “So often you hear language that we have ‘weak mayors’ in Canada or a ‘weak mayoral system,’ which is language...

Data can aid ‘broken’ child-protection system

Data can aid ‘broken’ child-protection system

Jane Kovarikova doesn’t mince words when it comes to how she feels about the child-protection system in Ontario and the fate of youth who have transitioned from or simply ‘aged-out’ of it.