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Department of Anthropology

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While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in a number of research clusters including: climate and sustainability; critical international relations; gender and politics; globalization; global political economy; labour issues; politics of representation; social and health policy.

Graduate Programs

Our Department is the ideal place to do Master's and Doctoral work. We offer the range of specialized seminars needed for strong graduate-level training, but are a small and collegial department so that students and faculty experience the type of intellectual interaction, supervision, and research collaboration that makes graduate work exciting.

Graduate Conference

Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy - Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 9: Drawing upon McMaster’s expertise in the field of international and comparative public policy, the conference seeks to unpack the global dimensions of policy in order to bridge the gap between international relations, international political economy, and public policy.

Undergraduate Programs

Whether you are a current or future student at McMaster considering Political Science as an undergraduate degree or taking only one course for interest, you will find that our Department offers an undergraduate curriculum that is both diverse in scope and high in quality.

Congratulations to Colette Nyirakamana who successfully defended her doctoral thesis

Colette successfully defended her doctoral thesis entitled: Incentives, Rules, Power, and Discretion: A comparative Analysis of Local Financial Autonomy Building in the Cities of Accra and Nairobi.
Apr 16, 2021

Department of Political Science Statement on Anti-Asian Racism

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University acknowledges and condemns a long history of anti-Asian racism in Canada, and its links to a horrifying rise in anti-Asian hate crimes during the pandemic. We stand in solidarity with Asian communities at home and around the world in condemning all forms of racial injustice and acknowledging in particular the suffering that Asian people continue to endure as a result of systemic anti-Asian racism.
Apr 05, 2021

McMaster Welcomes Two Indigenous Scholars

Notable Indigenous scholars, Renae Watchman and Robert Innes will join McMaster University on July 1, 2021.
Mar 29, 2021

Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS) - March 19, 2021

Past and contemporary dimensions of racial capitalism: dialectics of freedom, violence, and reproductive labour
Feb 19, 2021

Internet blackouts in Myanmar allow the military to retain control

Political Science PhD students Helen Beny and Cassandra Preece recently published an op-ed in The Conversation about the recent military coup and internet shutdowns in Myanmar.
Feb 17, 2021

Congratulations to Ph.D student Cassandra Preece for receiving the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Award!

Cassandra Preece was one of the annual recipients of the 2020 Bombardier CGS Award from SSHRC in support of her dissertation research. Cassandra is in her second year of the Ph.D program in comparative public policy. Her research focuses broadly on elections, democracy and minority representation in a comparative context, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia.
Feb 10, 2021