Candidates’ Biographies

Cameron Anderson

Cameron Anderson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his PhD at McGill University in 2005. His research interests broadly include Canadian and comparative political behavior and he has published work on multilevel economic voting, responsibility attributions for and perceptions of economic conditions, political discussion and engagement, the sources of national identity, turnout and public opinion on the environment. His work has appeared in venues including Acta Politica, American Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Nations and Nationalism, Political Psychology and Urban Affairs Review. Additionally, he was co-editor of Voting Behaviour in Canada (UBC Press). His current work involves exploring the impacts of political discussion networks in Canada (SSHRC-funded with Laura Stephenson (UWO)), evaluating the determinants of territorial identity (with Mike McGregor (Ryerson)) and exploring vote choice in municipal elections in Canada (SSHRC-funded with Mike McGregor (PI) and others). Within the CPSA, he has served as a panel chair and discussant at the annual conference numerous times and, in 2016, he was the Canadian Politics Section Head. He is standing for election to the CPSA Board of Directors because he wishes to contribute to the functioning of the organization. The CPSA is pivotal to the national community of political scientists in Canada and serves as an integral part of the training and professionalization of graduate students through the annual conference.

Barbara Arneil

Barbara Arneil is a Professor and Head of Political Science at UBC, interested in the areas of identity politics and the history of political thought. She has published four single authored books: John Locke and America (OUP, 1996), Feminism and Politics (Blackwell, 1999), Diverse Communities: The Problem with Social Capital (CUP, 2006), and Domestic Colonies: The Turn Inward to Colony (OUP, 2017) and two edited volumes Cultural Justice/Sexual Justice (Routledge, 2004) and Disability and Political Theory (CUP, 2016). Scholarly recognition includes the Harrison Prize (UK PSA award for best article), Rockefeller Fellowship, C.B. MacPherson Prize short list, and UBC Killam Research and Teaching Prizes. She has accepted the nomination for the CPSA Board of Directors because she believes politics and the study of politics is at a critical juncture. The CPSA is a key organization promoting the study of politics and government in post-secondary education in Canada through the Annual conference, internship programs, the CJPS and the annual meeting of Heads of Political Science. As a member of the Board, she hopes to bring her experience as a former intern, political scientist and Head of Department to contribute to the Board of Directors’ task of promoting the study of politics including thinking through key issues with respect to diversity and inclusion in research and curriculum in political science (including in particular recommendations of the TRC on Residential Schools and the CPSA Reconciliation Committee).

Tammy Findlay

Tammy Findlay is an associate professor, and Chair of Political and Canadian Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Before taking up her position at MSVU, she completed a PhD in Political Science at York University, and then a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia’s College for Interdisciplinary Studies. She was also Senior Researcher for the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada. Her research interests are related to: Canadian Politics and Public Administration; Gender, Intersectionality, and Public Policy; Social Policy; Child Care; Federalism; Democratic Governance; and Feminist Political Economy. Her book, Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance and Democracy in Ontario, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2015. As an active participant in the CPSA, and the CPSA Women’s Caucus, she is happy to accept her nomination for the Board. In the past, she was the Women and Politics Section Head for the CPSA 2014 Programme Committee, and a jury member for the 2015 Jill Vickers Prize in Gender and Politics. She has also served as Chair of the organizing committee for the 2015 Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) conference, and as President of APPSA, 2015-2016. She is currently a member of the Board of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. If elected, she looks forward to continuing the work being done by the CPSA on issues of representation, equity and inclusion in the discipline, and to exploring opportunities to foster our interdisciplinary connections.

Mireille Paquet

Mireille Paquet is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science of Concordia University in Montréal. She studies immigration, Canadian politics, public administration and public policy, is a co-director of Concordia’s Centre for Immigration Policy Evaluation (CIPE) and a member of the editorial board of two journals, Lien Social et Politiques and Gouvernance. She served as a student representative on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Political Science Association and the Société québécoise de science politique, as well as a member of the jury for several CPSA prizes. Based on this experience, she is now running for a seat on the Board of Directors in order to give a voice to the challenges facing her region as well as to contribute to the CPSA’s efforts to deal with the transformations now taking place in the job market for academic and non-academic positions in fields related to political science. More broadly, she hopes to participate in initiatives that will enable the CPSA to respond to some of the unique and specific issues that now face the many generations of political scientists it represents. Such issues include needs for continuing education, groups currently under-represented¸ systemic inequalities, transformed working conditions, new publication platforms and copyrights.

Denis Saint-Martin

Denis Saint-Martin is professor of public administration in the Department of Political Science at Université de Montréal. He studied at Carleton University and at the Harvard Center for European Studies. His research focuses on corruption and the regulation of ethics in politics, welfare state reform and the role of expertise in policy development. He received various distinctions for his numerous articles and books. His PhD thesis, Building the New Managerialist State, was published by Oxford University Press and won the Academy of Management’s Best Book Award in 2001. He received the Herbert Kaufman Award in 1998 for the Best Paper in Public Administration from the American Political Science Association; the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship in 2008 and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government in 2004. He worked as a policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada in 2004-05, and was Director of the Montréal European Union Centre of Excellence from 2007 to 2011. He was President of the Société Québécoise de Science Politique in 2012-2013. He now wants to pursue this experience at the Canadian level by serving on the CPSA board.

Christa Scholtz

Christa Scholtz is Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University. She is currently the Director of the Undergraduate Program for McGill’s Department of Political Science. She is an active member of the Research Group on Constitutional Studies, part of the Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds. She was on the 2016 CPSA Annual Meeting program committee, acting as the organizer for the Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous People and Politics (REIPP) section. She was nominated for the 2014 John McMenemy Prize for the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Her academic work has largely focused on how strategic and ideological considerations shape and direct policymakers’ decisions with respect to Indigenous peoples, both in Canada and comparatively. Her research interests with respect to Indigenous politics and policy intersect with judicial politics, federalism, constitutional amendment, and public finance. Christa is pleased to accept the nomination to sit on the CPSA board of directors. She is experienced in board governance, sitting for 6 years on the McGill CPE (publicly subsidized daycare) board of directors, acting as both as treasurer (2 years), and president (4 years). She looks forward to helping support, expand, and enrich engagement with and within the vibrant community of political scientists in Canada.

Sule Tomkinson

Sule Tomkinson came to Canada less than ten years ago, after having completed an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, to pursue a PhD in Political Science from Université de Montréal. After completing her PhD in 2015, she started working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval in 2016. Being a Turkish citizen, living in Québec gave her the chance of working and teaching in her third language, French, after having studied in English. Her research interests are at the intersection of public administration, law and politics, and forced migration. She examines administrative tribunals’ role in public governance and resolving citizens’ and non-citizens rights’ claims. Her dissertation which won the CPSA’s 2017 Vincent Lemieux best dissertation prize is currently under contract with the University of British Columbia Press. She accepted the nominating committee’s proposal to run for election to the CPSA Board of Directors to set up two projects:
1- A mentorship programme to provide professional exposure, opportunities, and insights for final year PhD students and recent graduates
2- A bilingual video depository that showcases the research by our members to be used for teaching purposes.

Amy Verdun

Amy Verdun is Professor of Political Science and Lansdowne Distinguished Fellow in European Integration at the Department of Political Science of the University of Victoria (UVic), BC Canada where she has been since 1997. She is happy to accept to stand for election to the CPSA Board of Directors to serve the profession. She has been a member of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) since 1994 and has served as Section Chair of the ‘Comparative Politics – Industralised’ (2005-2006) and as Chair of the CPSA Women's caucus (2012-2013). At UVic she served as Founder and Director of the European Studies Program (1997-2005); Graduate Advisor (2007-2009); and as Chair (Head) of the Department (2010-2013). Her research deals with European integration, governance and policy-making, political economy, as well as comparisons between the EU and Canada. She has regularly been a recipient of research grants and to date has published 20 books, more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. She has co-edited a student textbook: European Union Governance and Policy Making: A Canadian Perspective (University of Toronto Press, March 2018). Her teaching involves a large introductory 100-level course ‘Worlds of Politics’ as well as other courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of comparative politics, European politics and governance, international political economy, and research methods. She has supervised three-dozen graduate students and postdoctoral students and her PhD students have been recipients of best dissertation awards and have gone on to get jobs in government, international institutions, and academia.

Steve White

Steve White is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. His research focuses on Canadian and comparative public opinion and political behaviour, and immigrant political incorporation. He is a co-editor of Comparing Canada: Methods and Perspectives on Canadian Politics, and has contributed articles and chapters on North American political cultures, attitudes towards immigration, and immigrant political engagement. Steve joined Carleton in 2015, following post-doctoral fellowships at Concordia University (2012-2015), and a post-doctoral fellowship in Diversity and Democratic Citizenship at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (2012-2013). He previously taught at the University of Ottawa and the University of Regina. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a senior researcher at the Public Policy Research Centre, Memorial University. Steve has accepted to stand for nomination because of his commitment to the Canadian political science community and a desire to play a role in fostering the development of the field of Canadian politics and its links to other fields in the discipline.