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On behalf of the members of the Canadian Political Science Association, we write to express our strong concern over the June 16 detention of our young colleague, Alexander Sodiqov.

Sodiqov is a doctoral student in political science at the University of Toronto. He was in Tajikistan working on an Economic and Social Research Council (UK) funded project—“Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia”—and as a researcher in this project, he was employed by the University of Exeter. The research project was approved by the Ethics Committee of the University of Exeter in June 2013. The focus of the project is to study the management and resolution of conflicts in Central Asia and the research in Tajikistan involved collecting public statements by government and civil society organizations as well as conducting interviews with public officials and civil society leaders.

Sodiqov arrived in Dushanbe to begin research on Sunday, June 8, 2014. On Sunday, June 15, he traveled to Khorog and after conducting his first interview on Monday, June 16, he was arrested. As of Wednesday, June 25, we do not know what has prompted his arrest. According to Amnesty International Canada, at this time, according to Tajikistani law, Sodiqov should either be charged or released, and he should have confidential access to a lawyer of his choice.

The arrest and detention of academic researchers is of great concern to all of our constituent members. We thus join others in petitioning the country’s authorities to treat Alexander Sodiqov in accordance with the law and release him.

Board of Directors
Canadian Political Science Association


Alexander Sodiqov, a PhD student at the University of Toronto was arrested while conducting interviews in Tajikistan for a project on Emerging Power Conflict Management run by John Heathershaw(University of Exeter, UK).

Even though the CPSA is adopting and implementing other institutional measures of support, our priority today is to provide our members with all the available information about our fellow academic researcher Alexander Sodiqov's detention and encourage them to forward the following links to all their networks.

Links to the story:




The petition in support of Alexander Sodiqov:


Призываем освободить Александра Садыкова!

Official campaign site for the release of Alex Sodiqov


John Heathershaw's statement:


Message from Amnesty international Canada:


Joint statement of concern of CESS, ASN, ESCAS, ASEEES:


The Guardian


CTV News


For more information please contact Edward Schatz, Chair, Political Science, University of Toronto Mississauga (Alexander’s supervisor) at ed.schatz@utoronto.ca

Congratulations to the 2014 Prize Winners!

Prix francophone de l'ACSP
Pascale Dufour, Trois espaces de protestation

CPSA Prize in Comparative Politics
Dietland Stolle and Michele Micheletti, Political Consumerism

CPSA Prize for Teaching Excellence
Mark Salter (University of Ottawa)

C. B. MacPherson Prize
Joseph H. Carens, The Ethics of Immigration, Oxford University Press, 2013

John McMenemy Prize
Paul Saurette and Kelly Gordon, “Arguing Abortion: The New Anti-Abortion Discourse in Canada”, CJPS, 46.1: 157-186.

Donald Smiley Prize
G. Bruce Doern, Allan M. Maslove and Michael J. Prince, Canadian Public Budgeting in the Age of Crises, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Jill Vickers Prize
Melanee Thomas and Lisa Lambert, Private Mom vs Political Dad? Communications of Parental Status in the 41st Canadian Parliament

Development Fund

Give papers, discuss their work, meet future colleagues and network with experienced political scientists… Yes, your $20 can make all this happen for our students and young researchers!

You certainly know that our graduate students and junior scholars are generally unable to afford the cost of attending a conference. Since the termination of the SSHRC student travel grant, their participation depends on the voluntary contributions from CPSA members.

Remember that they are at the beginning of their careers. With your small or big donation, we can increase the number of grants offered annually.

Please, donate to our development fund.


Electoral Reform – Bill C-23 An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act

Dear members,

The CPSA Executive Committee invites you to join a list of media contact to help academics, journalists and other media representatives locate experts in the field of Electoral Studies. This list will be available on our Web site.

In addition, we invite you to share with us your academic analyses on the proposed legislation with the goal of facilitating and promoting the study of politics and government in Canada (our Association’s main purpose). Your analyses will be posted on our Web site. Please limit your texts to a maximum of 500 words.

If you are interested, please send your contact information for the list of media contact /academic analysis on the proposed legislation to our Executive Director at silvina_danesi@cpsa-acsp.ca.

September 2013

A century-old association, with a youthful bent

In 2012, the Canadian Political Science Association marked its one hundredth anniversary.

alainFounded in Boston in 1912, at a meeting of American learned societies, the association set out to support the study of “governmental, economic and social problems” from a Canadian perspective, and included among its ranks specialists from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences. The association’s first president was indeed an economist, Adam Shortt of Queen’s University, one of the pioneers owf the study of economics in Canada.

This link with economics endured, reflecting the importance of the Canadian tradition of political economy, but also the relative weakness of political science in the country. At the University of Toronto, for instance, home to the largest number of political scientists in the country, political scientists and economists shared the same department of political economy. The situation was much the same at McGill University, where the economics and political science department included one Stephen Leacock. Few know that the internationally acclaimed humorist and essayist was also the author of the first political science manual published in Canada, titled Elements of Political Science (1906). Up to 1950, there were no more than thirty political scientists in all of Canada’s universities combined. Yet the discipline had begun its emergence, with the publication of noteworthy works by the likes of R. McGregor Dawson, J. A. Corry and A. Brady.

Political science’s cohabitation with economics extended from the association’s inception in 1912 until 1967. During the early years – marked by the First World War – the fledgling association was largely a shell. From 1914 to 1929 and from 1930 to 1934, it had no president and was scarcely active. Starting in 1935, however, the association became more professionalized and institutionalized, publishing its own journal, the Canadian Journal of Economics and Political Science, which featured over the years seminal studies of Canadian society by such authors as Léon Dion, Gad Horowitz, Pauline Jewett, John Porter, Donald Rowat and Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In Canada, noted the association’s president in the first issue of the journal, collaboration between economists and political scientists was bound to happen, as our federal constitution tended to turn all economic problems into political issues. Even then, it seems, the constitution was a hot-button topic for Canadian scholars!

In 1967, the two disciplines parted ways to form two separate associations, each with its own academic journal. This development was all but inevitable since, with the rapid expansion of the Canadian university network in the sixties, the number of scholars in the social sciences had exploded. Meanwhile, political science was changing, along with the rise of behaviourism in the United States. In Canada, this “revolution” within the discipline had a direct impact, since many of the new professors recruited by Canadian universities came from the U.S. For political scientists, this was a time of lively debates on theory and methodology, a time when a national political science specific to Canada was slowly being forged.

In Quebec, meanwhile, the same period was one of rapid growth for the social sciences, also spurred by the national political context. Almost non-existent up to then, Quebec political science developed in the 1950s, with the creation of new departments at the Université Laval in 1954 and at the Université de Montréal in 1958. Closer to the traditions prevailing in Europe, where several of the new professors were trained, Quebec political science had its own debates – not least an ongoing concern with the national question, which remained a vector for political conflict throughout the period.

Like their fellow citizens within the Canadian federation, Quebec political scientists gradually assumed their place within Canadian institutions, including the Canadian Political Science Association, while developing their own national institutions, with the creation of the Société québécoise de science politique in 1978 and the publication of a journal, now titled Politique et sociétés.

In 1951, Georges-Henri Lévesque, a sociologist and the founder of Laval’s École des sciences sociales, became the first francophone president of the Canadian Political Science Association. He was followed in 1964 by Jean-Charles Falardeau, also a Laval sociologist, and then in 1972 by Jean Laponce, a political scientist at the University of British Columbia.

During the 1970s and 1980s, women also began to assert their rightful place in Canadian political science, helping to renew the discipline’s themes, theories and approaches. In 1959, University of Saskatchewan economist Mabel Timlin had been the first female president of the Canadian Political Science Association. It was not until 1983, however, that the association named its second female president – and the first female political scientist to hold the position – with the election of Caroline Andrew of the University of Ottawa. From that point onward, the association underwent many changes, to become more representative of the different components of Canadian society. In 2012, out of a total membership of 1,291, women accounted for 436 of the association’s members, compared to 855 men. Over time, the discipline and the association continued to integrate other facets of Canadian diversity. In 1986, Indian-born O. P. Dwivedi became the association’s first president with origins that were neither North American nor European. In 1992, V. Seymour Wilson became the first non-white person to hold the position. An emerging generation of aboriginal political scientists, among them Gerald Taiaiake Alfred of the University of Victoria and Kiera Ladner of the University of Manitoba, also brought a new and often scathing perspective to bear on Canadian political life. As it gets set to mark its 100th anniversary, the Canadian Political Science Association, perhaps more than ever, remains a young association in transformation.

Representative of the discipline, the association draws scholars from all fields of contemporary political science and from every conceivable theoretical or methodological persuasion. But Canadian politics still holds a pre-eminent place. The country’s unique political and social development has indeed provided fertile grounds for Canadian researchers – and many of those making their mark on the international stage have drawn insights from Canada’s situation, to make important contributions on questions related to federalism, politics in multinational societies, identity politics, and multiculturalism.

Drawn to issues critical to the political life of their own country, Canadian political scientists naturally vacillate between a desire to be topical and socially useful in their own time – even if this means debating primarily among themselves – and the desire to frame their work within leading international currents, possibly at the cost of losing touch with issues closer to home. A 2008 book titled The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science argued resolutely in favour of the latter option, insisting on the importance of making a Canadian contribution to the world’s leading political science networks. The contributions of Canadian political scientists, however, may well be all the more significant when they focus on their own debates, those of a multinational society wrestling with multiple identities. In the end, it may not be necessary to choose between national relevance and international scope.

Alain Noël
Canadian Political Science Association

CPSA/ACSP Board of Directors 2014-2015

CPSA/ACSP Board of Directors 2014-2015

Executive Committee
Jill Vickers
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6

jill.vickers @ sympatico.ca
William Cross
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
613.520.2777 #2799
bill_cross @ carleton.ca
Alain Noël
Département de science politique
Université de Montréal
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
514.343.6111 poste 20320
alain.noel @ umontreal.ca
Luc Turgeon

School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa
120 University, room 7005B
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613-582-5800, ext. 1702
lturgeon @ uottawa.ca
Directors' Representative
Shannon Sampert

Department of Political Science
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
s.sampert @ uwinnipeg.ca
Directors - Two year term 2014-2016
Loleen Berdahl
Department of Political Science
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A5
loleen.berdahl @ usask.ca
Cheryl Collier
Department of Political Science
University of Windsor
Windsor ON N9B 3P4
519.253.3000 #2351
ccollier @ uwindsor.ca
Marc G. Doucet
Department of Political Science
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax NS B3H 3C3
marc.doucet @ smu.ca
Jonathan Malloy
Department of Political Science
Carleton University
Ottawa ON K1S 5B6
613.520.2600 #1189
jonathan_malloy @ carleton.ca
Tamara Small
Department of Political Science
Guelph University
50 Stone Rd East
Guelph ON N1G 2W1
t.small @ uoguelph.ca
Director - Graduate Student - Two year term 2014-2016
Jessica Kolopenuk
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria
Victoria BC V8W 3R4

jkolo @ uvic.ca
Directors - One year term 2014-2015
Kelly Blidook
Department of Political Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9
kblidook @ mun.ca
Chris Cochrane
University of Toronto-Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 1A4

christopher.cochrane @ utoronto.ca
Patrik Marier
Department of Political Science
Concordia University
1455 Blvd. de Maisonneuve West
Montréal QC H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 #5187
pmarier @ alcor.concordia.ca
Shannon Sampert
Department of Political Science
University of Winnipeg
Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
s.sampert @ uwinnipeg.ca
Neil Thomlinson
Department of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
JOR713 - 350 Victoria Street
Toronto ON M5B 2K3
416.979.5000 #6188
nthomlinson @ politics.ryerson.ca
Other Positions
CJPS Co-editor (CPSA)
Graham White
Department of Political Science
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street, room 3018
Toronto ON M5S 3G3
514.848.2424 #2112

gwhite @ chass.utoronto.ca
2015 Programme Committee Chairperson
Cheryl Collier
Department of Political Science
University of Windsor
Windsor ON N9B 3P4
519.253.3000 #2351
ccollier @ uwindsor.ca
Ontario Legislature Internship Programme Director
Henry Jacek
Department of Political Science
McMaster University
Hamilton ON L8S 4M4
905.525.9140 # 24557
jacekh @ mcmaster.ca
Web: http://www.olipinterns.ca
Parliamentary Internship Programme Director
Garth Williams
131 Queen Street
4th floor
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
garth.williams @ publicknowledge.ca
Web: http://www.pip-psp.org
Representative to the CFHSS
Patrick Fafard
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Ottawa Room 6030, 120 University Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613.562.5800 #4186

Representative to the IPSA
Linda Cardinal
School of Political Studies
University of Ottawa
120 University, room 7005B
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
613.562.5800 #2697
Linda.Cardinal @ uottawa.ca
Representative of the Société québécoise de science politique
Catherine Côté
École de politique appliquée Université de Sherbrooke 2500 Boul. de l'Université, bureau A6-1014
Sherbrooke QC J1K 2R1
819.821.8000 #65662

Catherine.B.Cote @ USherbrooke.ca
Silvina Danesi
Executive Director, CPSA
#204, 260 rue Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Michelle Hopkins
Administrator, CPSA
#204, 260 rue Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
cpsa-acsp @ cpsa-acsp.ca
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Tim Howard
Financial Coordinator, CPSA
#204, 260 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa ON K1N 7E4
Web: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca
Catherine Ngando Edimo
Programme Administrator, PIP
131 Queen Street
4th floor
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6
catherine.ngandoedimo @ parl.gc.ca
Web: http://www.pip-psp.org
Eithne Whaley
Administrative Assistant, OLIP
1302 Whitney Block, Queens Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A2
eithne_whaley @ ontla.ola.org
Web: http://www.olip.ontla.on.ca

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