Dr. Blythe in the classroom.

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. Dr. Jatinder Mann appointed Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science

    Dr. Jatinder Mann, formerly of King's College London will be working under the supervision of Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair, Dr. Janine Brodie, on a project on "The end of the British World and the redefinition of citizenship in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, 1950s-1970s.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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