Our Award Winning Faculty

Spotlight on James Milner

James Milner is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University. From his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto to his graduate studies at the University of Oxford, James has been a prolific academic and producer of scholarship, publishing seven books alongside countless appearances in journals, conferences and media pieces across the world. A globally recognized voice in refugee scholarship and global justice, James has been a consultant and policy advisor to some of the largest actors in the global refugee regime, from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the European Union, participating in innumerable global meetings and summits on resettlement, migration and the politics of asylum.

As a scholar, James has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious awards in the academy, from the Trudeau Scholarship to numerous SSHRC partnership and insight grants, resulting in field research stints in Burundi, Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania and Thailand in recent years. James is also a consummate instructor and lecturer of courses related to forced migration and global governance, and a prolific supervisor to graduate students within the Department of Political Science.

Yet James’ most impactful work may be his most recent. As the project director of LERRN – the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network – Professor Milner is leading a unique team of researchers and practitioners committed to the protection of refugees and the development of solutions to the issue of forced migration, especially in the Global South. Launched in October 2018, this collaborative project promotes an inclusive and equitable approach to issues of forced migration, working in concert with forced migrants themselves alongside civil society organizations throughout the Global South. By working with these actors and organizations, LERRN seeks to not only promote an empowered approach to the scholarship on forced migration, but also enhance the role of civil society organizations in responding to the needs of refugees in the Global South.

Other Recent Faculty Awards

William Cross

2020 FPA Research Excellence Award for his research on the different strata of political parties: “members, activists, donors, candidates, political operatives and Parliamentarians.”

2016 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

William Cross’ research focuses on questions relating to democratic institutions and political party organizations both in Canada and other western democracies. Among his current projects is a study entitled ‘who is the political party in Canada?’ This project examines the individuals who make up the party at different levels, including grassroots members, mid-level activists, candidates and MPs, and campaign professionals.

President, Canadian Political Science Association 2015-16

Elinor Sloan

2020 SSHRC Insight Grant “National Shipbuilding Strategies: A Comparative Analysis”.

The research will look at how Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand go about ensuring their navies (and in Canada’s case coast guard) have the ships they need to carry out their work. Many of Canada’s not so distant security concerns – increased Russian and Chinese naval activity in the North Atlantic and South China Seas respectively, and the growing interest of those countries and others in the Arctic – demand naval vessels. But naval shipbuilding is hugely expensive, in the order of billions of dollars, and takes place over years and decades. The strategy a country follows matters. This research will examine the shipbuilding path that Canada has chosen, and highlight some key lessons from our allies, with a goal of determining how best to build and sustain a national security asset that is growing in importance.

Peter Andrée

2019 Carleton University Research Achievement Award

Peter Andrée has been recognized for this award as both the Principle Investigator of the Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement  (CFICE) project and his current research project Civil Society Engagement in Food System Co-governance. The CFICE partnership research project has worked with dozens of universities and hundreds of non-profit organization partners across Canada since 2012.  His current project builds on CFICE connections and will examine the growing role of civil society organizations in creating and guiding an integrated National Food Policy for Canada.

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Achim Hurrelmann

2019-2024 SSHRC Insight Grant “The Reconfiguration of Canada-Europe Relations after Brexit”

The research will examine how Brexit – the process of negotiating and implementing the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union – affects Canada’s transatlantic relationship with various European partners. It focuses on four aspects of the Canada-Europe relationship: (a) trade and investment; (b) security and defence; (c) environment and energy; as well (d) as political relations and identities. Please see the project website for more information.

Research will be conducted in cooperation with three other leading scholars of Canada-Europe relations, Petra Dolata (University of Calgary), Patrick Leblond (University of Ottawa) and Frédéric Mérand (Université de Montréal). The project has been awarded a grant of $299,673 for a five-year period (2019-2024).

2015-2018 Jean Monnet Chair

The European Union gives this prestigious designation to university professors teaching primarily on European integration; it comprises financial support for course development as well as research and outreach activities.  Professor Hurrelmann’s Jean Monnet Chair focuses on “Democracy in the European Union”. The Chair helps support new Political Science and EURUS courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and academic workshops, lectures, and expert briefing sessions on topics related to EU governance.

2013-2018 SSHRC Insight Grant “The Eurozone Crisis and the Politicization of European Integration”

The project examines the implications that the financial crisis in the Eurozone has had for democratic politics in the European Union (EU): Has the crisis led to an increased politicization of EU affairs, meaning that citizens follow EU politics more attentively and participate more actively in EU-related political discourse? If so, which debates and controversies have gained importance? Do the political processes set in motion by the financial crisis threaten to tear the EU apart, or do they have the potential to facilitate further democratic development? To answer these questions, the study analyzes parliamentary and media discourse as well as focus groups with citizens in four Eurozone member states — bailout recipients (Spain and Ireland) as well as contributors (Germany and Austria) — between 2008 and 2014.

Sophie Marcotte-Chenard

2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, ‘Presences of the Past: Conceptual History as a Critical Tool in Political Theory’.

Using the tools of the Begriffsgeschichte or conceptual history, an approach developed by the German historian Reinhart Koselleck that traces the evolution and uses of political and social concepts, the research examines how concepts have changed, which helps us gain a better understanding of how these concepts are employed now. An important aspect of this project is to demonstrate the value of studying changes in our political and social vocabulary by combining the resources of conceptual history and political theory.

The escalation of the vocabulary of crisis in political and social discourse prompts comparisons with a period in which the talk of crisis reached its peak: the interwar period in Europe. In examining the nature and political implications diagnoses of crisis in German and French political and philosophical discourse, the aim is to uncover the role that this vocabulary of crisis and uncertainty plays in the analysis of politics. In that regard, this project purports to contribute to a theoretical reflection on the foundations of politics in uncertain times.

Fiona Robinson

2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, ‘Interrogating Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy Narrative: Historical Context and Contemporary Logics’. The project examines the shift towards a ‘feminist’ orientation in foreign policy under the Trudeau government.  The research will ask how we can make sense of this new narrative in the historical context of prior ethical or principled foreign policy approaches in Canada, while also exploring the logics of gender, race and neo-colonialism that frame this new feminist approach. While it is a critical study, it is interested in whether feminist foreign policy – in Canada and beyond – can create spaces for the development of feminist solidarities across borders.

2014 Carleton University Research Achievement Award. These awards recognize research excellence over a five-year period.  Professor Robinson’s research uses care ethics as a critical lens to rethink key ideas and issues in global politics. In 2011, she published two books:  The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011), and (co-editor Dianne Mahon), Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care (UBC Press, 2011).

2014  J. Ann Tickner Book Prize from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. The J. Ann Tickner Book Prize honours outstanding new work in the tradition of Tickner’s pioneering scholarship. The Tickner Prize was established in recognition of Professor Tickner’s path-breaking scholarship on gender and feminist International Relations and her tireless commitment to engagement across disciplinary paradigms. The prize seeks to recognize the author of a book that critically engages IR theory, that questions disciplinary assumptions, and that helps build practical knowledge to address pressing issues and contribute to a more just and peaceful world.”  In October, 2014, Professor Robinson travelled to the University of Southern California to deliver the Tickner Prize lecture.  In 2016, the International Feminist Journal of Politics published the first J. Ann Tickner Prize essay, ‘When Worlds Collide’ which describes the process of writing her prize-winning book, The Ethics of Care.

Jeff Sahadeo

2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant ‘White Water or White Coal? Rivers and Society in Tsarist and Soviet Georgia’

2017 International Expert Research Grant on Migration, South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia)

2015 Carleton University “Building Connections” Research Award (Migration and Diaspora Studies)

Mira Sucharov

2019 Discovery Centre Fellowship

2019 FPA Teaching Development Fund award for her project “Encounters with Privilege: from Society to the Classroom”

2018 Teaching Development Grant, Teaching and Learning Services, Carleton University to support the development of her book called Op-ed Writing and Social Media Engagement: A Guide for Students and Scholars (under contract with University of Toronto Press).

2018 Research Productivity Bursary, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs to support the development of her co-edited book (with Aaron Hahn Tapper) called Social Justice in Israel/Palestine: Foundational and Contemporary Debates (under contract with University of Toronto Press)

2017 OCUFA Teaching Excellence Award (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations), the highest post-secondary teaching award in Ontario.

William Walters

2019-2022 Faculty of Public Affairs Research Excellence Chair

2018 Distinguished Scholar, Science, Technology and Art in International Relations (STAIR) section of the International Studies Association

2017 Carleton University Research Achievement Award

Steve White

2019 SSHRC Insight Development Grant ‘Canadian Patriotism(s) and Attitudes Toward Diversity’

Vandna Bhatia

2018 SSHRC Explore Development Grant

Narrative and Emotion in Public Policy: Canada’s Interim Federal Health Program

Emotion is an inherent component of political discourse and debate. However, political science has tended to isolate reason and rationality from emotion to understand and explain political behavior. This is changing as researchers have begun to recognize the importance of emotion within reason – as a source of information about ourselves and the world around us. This project examines the role of emotion in public policy, in particular how and which emotions frame policy decisions as well as the emotions involved in societal responses to those policies. The project focuses on the case of a 2012 decision by the government of Canada to cut health care benefits to asylum claimants, and the mobilization of a vocal and active group of health care providers to challenge and oppose it.

Laura Macdonald

2018 Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

2018 SSHRC Insight Grant. “Transnational Civil Society Linkages in North America”. Total grant $290,949.

This research project examines the nature of transnational cooperation between civil society actors in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Researchers will analyze diverse forms of cross-border cooperation and conflict around three themes: labour rights, migration, and human rights, in order to understand how transnational cooperation has evolved over time, and how transnationalism differs across issue area. This research on the North American case will yield insights that will illuminate the nature of transnationalism in the contemporary global economy and contribute to public debate about the future of the region.

2016 SSHRC Connection Grant. “Canada’s Past and Future in the Americas”. Total grant $24,595.

2016-2018 SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Co-investigator). “Safe Cities, Urban Politics and Social Policy in North America”. Principal Investigator Lucy Luccisano, Wilfrid Laurier University. Total grant $74,395.

2016-2018 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. (Co-investigator). “Austerity and its Alternatives”. Principal Investigator Stephen McBride, McMaster University. Total grant $199,740.

James Milner

2018-2025 SSHRC Partnership Award, “Civil Society and the Global Refugee Regime: Understanding and Enhancing Impact through the Implementation of Global Refugee Policy”,$3,676,103 (this includes 2.5 million from SSHRC with remainder from other partners)

Responding to the needs of refugees is a global challenge. While Canadians have demonstrated their commitment to refugees through the resettlement of Syrian refugees, 86 per cent of the world’s refugees remain in the global south. Resettlement opportunities only exist for one per cent of these refugees. How can civil society better respond to the needs of refugees? How can new research and training contribute to better solutions?

The research team will study efforts to implement global refugee policy in diverse places, identify factors that impact implementation and identify how civil society can contribute to improved outcomes for refugees. The group will begin with the cases of Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon and Tanzania.

The project will train 96 graduate students over seven years to work with local academics, students, NGOs and refugees. To build research and practitioner capacity, the group will host annual summer institutes in Canada and affected countries, train refugees and NGO workers in citizen journalism, support fellowships at Carleton for six visiting fellows from the global south and implement professional development programs for NGOs.

Gopika Solanki

2018 Teaching Excellence Award, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Professor Solanki has developed eight new courses at Carleton and is known for her innovation, as well as excellent student supervision and mentoring of students at all levels.  Her teaching philosophy supports open, respectful dialogue and “consistently includes connecting academic or intellectual puzzles to real-world debates.”


Andrea Chandler

2017 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

Professor Chandler has received this award for her project Canada and Democracy Promotion in Central Europe 1945-1989. The research will investigate the evolution of Canada’s foreign relations with East European communist countries during the Cold War (1945-89). The research will explore the question of whether medium-sized states can play a role in promoting democratization in authoritarian states. Furthermore, the research will illuminate the extent to which East European communist countries were able to make foreign policy that was independent from the Soviet Union, the powerful state that led the East bloc.

GeigerAwardMartin Geiger

2017 – SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant & Early Researcher Award (ERA)

2016 – Martin Geiger is the department’s finalist for the Capital Educator’s Award.  This award recognizes the success of Professor Geiger in involving students in his own research and bringing his and their research to the classroom. Teaching and research are intertwined in the unique transnational “Mobility & Politics Research Collective” (or short: “MobPoli”) that Martin Geiger has created (www.mobpoli.info) at Carleton University.

2015 – Martin Geiger has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a new project entitled “The International Organization for Migration (IOM): Legitimacy, Influence and Capacity through the Successful Management of External Relations”. This project will involve students at different stages of their career in collaborative faculty-student research and dissemination activities.

Marc Hanvelt

2017 SSHRC Insight Development Grant “History and Judgment in the Scottish Enlightenment”

As the world contends with the recent emergence of powerful populist movements in Europe and North America, the question of political judgment has become particularly prominent. This project investigates how particular conceptions of history shaped conceptions of political judgment in the works of the five leading historians of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Randall Germain

2016  SSHRC Award “The Idea of Historical Reasoning in International Political Economy: an intellectual history”

Although the field of study known as International Political Economy (IPE) dates back to at least the 18th century, our understanding of its theoretical foundations rarely include how the idea of history itself might affect how we think about IPE. My research explores how the idea of history – what history means, how we can understand or know it, and how we might conduct research on an historical event or development – has shaped the evolution of theory in IPE. I focus on a way of thinking about history that brings together history as a subject matter and as a mode of reasoning about its practice, and then trace the evolution of this way of thinking through a series 20th century ‘discoveries’ of IPE by prominent scholars whose work informs contemporary scholarship. The thinkers and theorists my research explores begins with the work of Giambattista Vico, before moving to consider Karl Marx, RG Collingwood, EH Carr, Antonio Gramsci, Karl Polanyi and Fernand Braudel among others. I conclude my intellectual history of the idea of historical reasoning by examining the work of Susan Strange and Robert Cox in terms of their importance for the modern discipline of IPE.

Cristina Rojas

2016 Eminent Scholar Award,International Studies Association (ISA), Global Development Studies Section

2015 Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

2014 Graduate Mentoring Award, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Carleton University

2015 SSHRC Connectivity Grant

2012 SSHRC Insight grant for her project, “Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Societal Change in Bolivia”

Dr. Cristina Rojas’s research focuses on the relation between modernity as a universal project and coloniality. It engages those worlds that modernity regards as non-existent or ‘unthinkable’, assuming their inhabitants are destined for assimilation or extinction.

Yet these suppressed worlds not only persist, but are gaining visibility because of their capacity to respond to the crisis of capitalism, environmental destruction and reproduction. Her analysis centres on the case of Bolivia, where mobilizations led by indigenous men and women, often in alliance with non-indigenous movements, interrupted the premise that modernist responses are the only possible alternatives.

Brian Schmidt

2015 SSHRC Insight Grant ‘The Long Road to a Theory of International Politics’

Professor Schmidt’s research on the disciplinary history of International Relations builds directly on the themes of his first book, The Political Discourse of Anarchy. His current project begins in the 1940s when the field of International Relations was in the midst of an identity crisis concerning its scope, subject matter, and analytical focus. The primary purpose of this new research is to trace attempts by International Relations scholars to create a theory that would have both theoretical and practical purchase. A second and closely related purpose is to reflect on some of the issues and dilemmas that arise when a social science such as International Relations attempts to acquire the authority of knowledge over a first-order practice such as politics. “The Long Road to a Theory of International Politics” will reconstruct the conversation about theory that has been developing over the last 8 decades. “The research findings will not only be of interest to those who identify with the field of International Relations, but will also have an appeal beyond academia,” said Professor Schmidt. “There have always been important links between the academic study of international politics and government officials involved in foreign policy.”

Hans-Martin Jaeger

2015 Graduate Mentoring Award, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.  The award recognizes faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors.

Piotr DutkiewiczPiotr Dutkiewicz

2014 winner of the FPA Research Excellence Award, in recognition of his significant research achievement.

As well as honouring Dr. Dutkiewicz’s outstanding record of publications, the award was given in part for his proposal for a study of how Russian society has been affected by transformational change since 1991.  The  research resulted in an edited volume: Piotr Dutkiewicz, Richard Sakwa, and Vladimir Kulikov (eds), SOCIAL HISTORY OF POST-COMMUNIST RUSSIA, Routledge (London & New York), 2016, pp.320. The book narrates the largely untold story of how ordinary Russians experienced and coped with Russia’s transformation after the end of communism.  Dr. Dutkiewicz has been studying Russian politics and society for 30 years: “It was a fascinating journey  working with  and learning from many extraordinary people across many  Russian regions ranging from North to South, studying formal and informal rules and practices, institutions and  culture. My goal is to bring better understanding of Russia to Canada and to assist Russians in learning more about Canada”.

Martin Geiger, James Milner and Jeff Sahadeo

received Carleton’s “Building Connections Award” for their work in the Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative. Christina Gabriel, Laura Macdonald, Cristina Rojas and William Walters have also been involved in the initiative.

Migration and Diaspora Studies (MDS) at Carleton has concentrated the research strengths of over three dozen faculty at Carleton and has attracted international scholars, including Political Science’s own Martin Geiger.  External funding from Toronto Dominion has led to a scholarship program and funding for events that unite government, non-government, business and academic sectors.  MDS has also produced an active student group at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The MDS initiative ties into Professor Sahadeo’s own work on late Soviet era migration from Central Asia to Russia.