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Dr. Carolyn Johns is Full Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. She holds a PhD in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University, as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy and Administration from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts [B.A. (Hons)] in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Dr. Johns was the inaugural Graduate Program Director (GPD) of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Policy Studies, and currently serves as GPD of the MA program in Public Policy and Administration.
Dr. Johns is currently the Principal Investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant (2017-2022) for the project "Embracing Complexity and Adaptability: Comparative Analysis and Key Indicators for Improving Transboundary Water Governance in the Great Lakes and Rio Grande/Bravo Regions."
Dr. Johns serves as a Director of the Great Lakes Policy Research Network; as Chair of the Geoffrey Bruce Fellowship Program in Canadian Freshwater Policy; as an Executive Committee member of Ryerson Urban Water; and as a member of the International Joint Commission's Great Lakes Water Quality Board.
Research interests include environmental policy, water policy, intergovernmental administrative relations, public administration, network analysis and policy capacity issues in the public sector.
Carolyn Johns teaches public administration, public policy and environmental policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition, she has taught in both the First Nations and the Fire Services partnership programs.