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What do political scientists do?  Politics is about power, and political science understands the processes, ideas, and institutions through which power is structured, as well as power's effects. Thus, we look at subjects that range from Canadian elections and political parties to the ethics of war and post-conflict management, from the political economy of the global South to theories of justice and citizenship, and from environmental movements to gender relations. In the Department of Political Science, our research and teaching engage with the big questions and with the critical events that shape politics around the world.


  1. Former governer general to highlight issues facing African-Canadians

    Michaƫlle Jean comes to campus March 27 for talk to kick off joint Faculty of Arts-Faculty of Education annual lectureship spearheaded by Dr. Malinda Smith in Political Science and Dr. Jennifer Kelly in Educational Policy Studies.

  2. SSHRC Doctoral Scholar Explores Women's Engagement in the Egyptian Uprising

    Nermin Allam is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Alberta and a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship, as well as a University of Alberta President's Prize of Distinction.

  3. 2013 SSHRC Winner Justin Leifso examines the new political economy of Canadian regionalism

    Political Science doctoral student Justin Leifso is the 2013 winner of a prestigious 3-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral award and also the recipient of a University of Alberta President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction.

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  1. Climate Change should be part of the Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline Hearings

    Prof. Laurie Adkin was among 26 Canadian environmental studies and science scholars who applied to lend their expertise during hearings on the Kinder Morgan's Transmountain Pipeline. As 26 were rejected by the National Energy Board (NEB) because they proposed to speak to the upstream environmental and social impacts as well as greenhouse gas emissions related to the expansion.

  2. Prof. Janine Brodie to Speak on Resilience at Celebration of Research Excellence - Faculty of Arts

    Dr. Janine Brodie, Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Science will be among the social science and humanities scholars speaking at the Faculty of Arts' 2014 Celebration of Research Excellence and Creative Work. It will take place in the Timms Centre for the Arts on Tuesday, April 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m. RSVP by phoning 780-492-9613 or emailing artsevents@ualberta.ca.

  3. Political Science undergraduate student, Emma Kent's Work of Arts article on importance of International Relations and training

    U of A undergraduate student, Emma Kent describes the importance of International Relations research and training in the latest edition of Work of Arts.

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