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Summary: Scholarly and Research Activity

April 2018

Academic Presentations

Christopher Gore.  “Metropolitan Government in East Africa: Structure, Function and Innovation.”  Presented at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association. Toronto, ON: 06 April 2018.

Mariam Hashemi Wong.  “Our fantastic, elastic brains… how neuro-diversity awareness will make you a better advisor!”  Presented in poster session P9 (Tracks: Canada; Advising and Academic Coaching) at the 2018 NACADA Region 5 Conference, The Art of Advising Columbus, OH: 13 April 2018.

Mariam Hashemi Wong.  “The transformative power of the creative arts: a guide to thinking outside the box when it comes to academic advising and peer mentorship.”  Presented in session 4G (Tracks: Peer Advising & Mentoring; Advising Students with Disabilities) at the 2018 NACADA Region 5 conference, The Art of AdvisingColumbus, OH: 12 April 2018.

Michael McGregor (Ryerson) and Jack Lucas (Calgary).  “Who has School Spirit?  Explaining Voter Turnout in Canadian School Board Elections.”  Presented at the annual conference of the Urban Affairs Association.  Toronto, ON: 5 April 2018.

Cameron Anderson (Western) and Michael McGregor (Ryerson).  “Party Cues and Local Elections: Municipal Elections in Montreal and Quebec City.”  Presented in the session Canadian Voting Behavior at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference.  Chicago, IL: Palmer House Hilton, 06 April 2018.

Michael McGregor (Ryerson) and Laura Stephenson (Western). “When the Party's over: The Contaminating Effect of Cross-Level Partisan Perceptions in a Non-Partisan Context.” Presented in the session American Party Systems 2 at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference.  Chicago, IL: Palmer House Hilton, 06 April 2018.

Tracey Raney (Ryerson) and Tim Nieguth. “Prime Ministerial Entrepreneurs: Harper, Trudeau, and the Symbolic Reframing of Canadian Identity.”  Presented in Session F: Canadian Identity and Neoliberalism at the annual conference of the British Association for Canadian Studies.  London, U.K.: University of London, 21 April 2018.

Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson) and Peter Loewen (UofT).  “Does Telling Legislators What Their Constituents Want Lead to Better Representation?” Presented in the session Bureaucrat and Legislator Experiments at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference.  Chicago, IL: Palmer House Hilton, 06 April 2018.

Chris Dawes, Chris (NYU), Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson) and Nick Obradovich (MIT). “Beating a Four Marathon is Good for Democracy.” Presented in the session Experiments on Citizenship and Inclusion at the 76th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference.  Chicago, IL: Palmer House Hilton, 07 April 2018.

Awards

Pamela Palmater will receive the BC Civil Liberties Association Liberty Award for Excellence in Legal Advocacy – Individual for 2018.  The award will be conferred at the Association’s gala on 17 May 2018 in Vancouver.  The citation reads:

Pamela Palmater is a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and politician from Mi'kma'ki, New Brunswick, Canada. From fighting for inherent Indigenous rights to a critique of Canada’s national security apparatus, Pamela’s extraordinary and tireless work to fight for justice is leaving an indelible impact on public life. Her call to action for lawyers to rise up and defend the public interest is one we want to amplify as loud as possible at this most critical time for human rights. We are happy to be able to do that by recognizing her as the Liberty Award winner for Excellence in Legal Advocacy- Individual.

Blogs

Meghan Joy and John Shields. “Profiting From Pain: Social Impact Bonds and Social Policy.” Policy & Politics: Journal Blog, 21 March 2018.

Conference Participation

Daniel Rubenson.  Discussant for the panel paper session Experiments with Voters and Campaigns.  76th annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference, Chicago IL: Palmer House Hilton, 06 April 2018.

Grants

Miriam Anderson was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant of $217,876 for the period 2018-2022 for the project “Women's Advancement through Peace Negotiations Ending Civil Wars.”  The project will examine the relationship between women’s activism during peace processes and their subsequent representation in post-conflict formal politics. Using social network analysis, the project will map the social networks of women activists before, during, and after three recent peace processes: Central African Republic, Colombia, and the Philippines.

Principal Investigator Éric Bélanger (McGill) and co-investigators Michael McGregor (Ryerson) and Cameron Anderson (Western) have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection Grant of $17,395 (total from SSHRC and matching contributions) for the period 2018-19 for the project “The 2018 Canadian Municipal Election Study Conference: Montreal and Quebec in Focus.” Funding will be used to host a conference in Montreal this June, focused on political behaviour in the 2017 Municipal elections in Montreal and Quebec City.

Principal Investigator Nicole Goodman (Brock) and co-investigators Michael McGregor (Ryerson) and Zac Spicer (Toronto) have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant of $140,394 for the period 2018-2021 for the project “Electronic Elections: The Effects of Voting Modernization in Local Elections.”  The project will study the effects of changes to voting methods made at the local level in Canada. By the time of the 2018 local elections in Ontario, approximately 170 municipalities will have either internet or telephone voting in place. At the same time, more than 100 are planning to eliminate the option to vote using a traditional paper ballot. In fact, Canada is the only place where paper ballots have been abandoned altogether in favour of fully-electronic elections. This study will examine the effects of these changes upon voter turnout, the composition of the voting population, and attitudes towards Canada’s democracy.

Principal Investigator Shiri Pasternak (Criminology); co-Investigators Pamela Palmater, Peter Di Gangi (Algonquin Nation Secretariat) and Brian Gettler (UofT: Historical Studies);together with Collaborators Tony Wawatie (Algonquins of Barriere Lake), Ian Mosby (Guelph: Geography), and Matthew Scobie (Sheffield: Management) have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant of $78,876 for the period 2018-2020 for the project “The Politics of Fiscal Control: A Critical Look at Crown-First Nations Funding Relations.”   The project will shine a light on the often-hidden processes by which the federal government limits the autonomy and self-determination of First Nations throughout Canada by opening a critical new space of engagement to map the political histories and contemporary structures of Crown-First Nations fiscal arrangements.

Principal Investigator Cheryl Collier (University of Windsor) and co-Investigator Tracey Raney have been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant of $78,083 for the period 2018-2021 for the project “Gendering Canada's legislatures: a comparative examination of federal, provincial and territorial efforts to combat sexism and sexual harassment in politics.”  The project will investigate – and compare incidents of, and institutional responses to – sexism and sexual harassment in legislatures across Canada.

Daniel Rubenson has been awarded an ARTS/OVPRI Undergraduate Research Opportunity grant of $4000 for the project, “Using Sports Data to Test Theories of Group Identity and Behaviour.”

Publications - Published

Christopher D. Gore.How African Cities Lead: Urban Policy Innovation and Agriculture in Kampala and Nairobi.”  World Development 108 (August 2018): 169-180.  [Reported as forthcoming in the March 2018 DIGEST]

James A. McAllister.  Review of Fighting for Votes: Parties, the Media, and Voters in an Ontario Election by William P. Cross, Jonathan Malloy, Tamara A. Small and Laura B. Stephenson (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015): pp. 238.  Canadian Journal of Political Science 51:1 (March 2018): 90-91.

James A. McAllister.  Review of Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions by Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and M. Rose Olfert (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017): pp. 160.  Canadian Public Administration Reviews Online, 22 November 2017.

Meghan Joy and John ShieldsAusterity in the Making: Reconfiguring Social Policy through Social Impact Bonds, Policy & Politics, 09 March 2018.  DOI: 10.1332/030557318X15200933925397  [Reported as forthcoming in the October 2017 DIGEST]

Publications - Accepted for Publication

Benjamin Allen Stevens (UofT), Md Mujahedul Islam (UofT), Roosmarijn de Geus (UofT), Jonah Goldberg (UofT), John McAndrews (UofT), Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki (Harvard), Peter John Loewen (UofT) and Daniel Rubenson. “Local Candidate Effects in Canadian Elections.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.