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Mike joined the Department of Politics and School of Public Administration as a sessional instructor in January 1994 and was appointed to a full-time faculty position that September. He retired in 2014.
In addition to a Ph.D. in Political Science from York University (Canada), he holds both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Windsor.
During his 20 years in the Department, Mike taught courses on research methods, Canadian politics, and public policy. He has popular with both undergraduate and graduate students, and was named as a “popular prof” in Maclean's Guide to Canadian Universities.
At the time of his retirement, Dr. Burke was working on two book-length manuscripts, one dealing with the conflict and peace process in Ireland, and a second on Irish politics to examine the link between the ideological collapse of Irish republicanism and the signing of the Belfast peace agreement.