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Clusters and Interdisciplinary Networks

Research Clusters

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department.

Interdisciplinary Networks & Research Projects

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University:

Research SNAPS

Research SNAPS:

To learn more about the research we do in Political Science, browse our research snaps. Snaps are short, readable summaries of what we do, what we discover, and why it matters.


View some of our department ResearchSNAPS

Fullbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs in Political Science and Public Policy

Every year a U.S. scholar joins McMaster University's Political Science department to conduct research and engage with faculty and graduate students on an issue in governance and public policy.

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy


Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy Conference

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, in conjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Engineering and Public Policy Program,  the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis cordially invites graduate students to the eighth Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy. The conference will be held March 8-9, 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario and is entitled Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 8: Global Policy and the Discontented.

Learn more about this conference

Research in Progress Seminar Series

Research in Progress Seminar Series

Winter 2019 Research in Progress Seminar Series, hosted by the Department of Political Science, McMaster University

Wednesday, February 6 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-709

  • Water Scarcity as a Threat Multiplier
    Jenny Kehl, Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Research Chair in Policy and Governance Global Water Security Scholar,
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wednesday, February 27 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-709

  • The Algorithmic Governance of Information and Communications
    Sara Bannerman, 
    McMaster Communications

Monday, March 18 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-712

  • Small Deaths, Global Mourning: The Politics of Images of Children’s Suffering in Conflict and Crisis
    Helen Berents
    Queensland University of Technology

Tuesday, April 2 2:30 -- 4:00 LRW-103

  • On the Ruins of Epistemicide: Decolonising International Solidarity through Blackness
    Olivia Rutazibwa
    University of Portsmouth

Other talks associated with the Department in 2018:

Monday, October 15

  • Trump Talks: What did Trump get from Revamping NAFTA?
    Dr. Kubursi is Professor Emeritus at McMaster University, and has also lectured and consulted at Purdue, Cambridge and Harvard. He has worked extensively with the United Nations Industrial Organization, serving as Senior Development Officer and as team leader of UNIDO missions to several countries. In 2006 he was appointed Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA). He has published extensively in the areas of macroeconomics, economic development strategies, and international trade.
    Amid the threat of trade tariffs on steel and the changing realities of everything from crossing the border to American-style politics in Ontario’s recent provincial election, there’s never been a more pressing time to understand President Donald Trump and his influence on Canada and the world at large. 
    McMaster Centre for Continuing Education 7:00 - 8:30PM

Wednesday, October 17

  • Trump Talks: Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit
    Michael Adams is the president of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies which he co-founded in 1970. In 2006 he founded the non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research. The Institute conducts groundbreaking projects, including surveys of Canadian Muslims, an in-depth survey of Indigenous Peoples living in urban Canada, and most recently a community-based survey of self-identified Black residents of the Greater Toronto Area. Adams is the author of seven books, most recently Could it Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of Canada for his work in helping Canadians understand who they are as a country and a people.
    McMaster Centre for Continuing Education 7:00 - 8:30PM

Wednesday, October 24

  • Trump Talks: Questioning Health Policy Retrenchment in the Era of Trump
    Dr. Boothe studies comparative public policy in advanced industrial democracies, with a focus on health and social policy. She has written on the development of public pharmaceutical insurance programs in Canada, Australia, and the UK, and her current research focuses on changes in drug assessment and reimbursement policies
    McMaster Centre for Continuing Education 7:00 - 8:30PM

Wednesday, November 7

  • Trump Talks: The Collapse of the American Empire
    Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly 20 years as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He writes a weekly original column for Truthdig, and has written for Harper's, The New Statesman, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Adbusters, Granta, Foreign Affairs and other publications. He is the author of the bestsellers Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (with cartoonist Joe Sacco); Death of the Liberal Class; Empire of Illusion; and War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, among others?
    McMaster Main Campus, C0ncert Hall, L R Wilson Hall 7:00 - 8:30PM

Wednesday, November 14

  • Trump Talks: Trump 3.0
    Dr. Breckenridge is a retired McMaster University Associate Professor of Political Science / Sessional Lecturer who specializes in American politics. Dr. Breckenridge is the author of a recently-published textbook called United States Government and Politics.
    McMaster Centre for Continuing Education 7:00 - 8:30PM