Recent MA Theses

Explore the exciting Master’s theses completed by our recent MA students.

2021


Alem Cherinet

“Violence, Causality, and the Emergence of Mexico's General Law on the Forced Disappearance”.

Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Camilo Gil Gonzalez

“Protecting After the Fact: Reactiveness, Fragmentation and Disconnection in Canadian Hazard Governance”.

Supervisor: Dr. Jack Lucas

Connor Molineaux

“Contagion in the West: The Survival and Success of the CCF-NDP in Western Canada”.

Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

Paulo Veneracion

“Wounded Hegemon: The 2003 Iraq War and George W. Bush's Grand Strategy of Primacy”.

Supervisor: Dr. Terry Terriff

2020


Holly Ching

"Losing the Cosmos: Arendt and Voegelin on the Origins of Modernity". Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

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Kelsey Gordon

"She is at home: Re-situating Women as Embodied Agency in Aristotle's and Hegel's Political Philosophy of Fulfilment". Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Read more about Kelsey Gordon

Taruneek Kapoor

"Feminists Confront Neoliberalism: Lessons from DAWN and Articulación Feminista Marcosur".  Supervisor: Dr. Regina Cochrane

Read more about Taruneek Kapoor

Talia Wells

"After the Ice Age: The effects and implications of federal media policy changes on Northern science communication and the Northern science-policy interface during the Harper era". Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Read more about Talia Wells

2019


Meagan Cloutier

"Women in the Office: MP Staff in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Melanee Thomas

Ryan Crosschild

"Smudging in the System: Rejecting the Politics of Traditionalism and Settler-Homonationalism". Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Voth

Lucas Czarnecki

"Recognizing Campaign Effects on Social Media: A Computerized Text Analysis of the 2015 Canadian General Election on Facebook". Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Kim-Lee Tuxhorn

Brett Goodwin

"To Trade, or not to Trade: Explaining Lobbying Behaviour in the Canadian Dairy Sector".  Supervisor: Dr. Kim-Lee Tuxhorn

Sydney Krill

"The Settler State is a White Woman: Re-Conceptualizing Audra Simpson's Masculine State Through a Gendered Genealogy of Settler Colonial Statecraft in Canada". Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Voth

Erica Kunimoto

"Participatory Love: Exploring Non-Oppressive Relationality Through Plato, Hegel and Irigaray". Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Jeanne Liendo Paez

"The Political Economy of the Hydrocarbon Sector: Bolivia and Venezuela in Comparative Perspective". Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

2018


Bethany Matchullis

"Negotiating Voice: An Assessment of the Democratic Relationship Between the San and the Government of the Republic of Namibia". Supervisor: Dr. Roberta Rice

John Santos

“Direct and Indirect Effects of Authoritarianism on Policy Preferences in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Melanee Thomas

Jessica Weber

“Policy Entrepreneurship: Understanding Fiscal Policy Change for the Alberta Oil Sands”. Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Jack Lucas

Andrew Klain

“Navigating Turbulent Waters: The Politics of Municipal Water Governance in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto & Hamilton”. Supervisor: Dr. Jack Lucas

Dylan Thiessen

“Our Home on Native Land: Navigating Tensions Between Reconciliation and the Liberal Democratic State”. Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Voth

2017


Chris Carlile

“Data and Targeting in Canadian Politics: Are Provincial Parties Taking Advantage of the Latest Political Technology?”. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

Audrey Cheung

“A Historical Comparative Analysis of Influential Factors on Wind Sector Development in Alberta and Ontario”. Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Jordaan, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton

Nidhi Panwar

“Homegrown Islamic Terrorism: A Case Study of India”. Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Alex Carleton

“Contours of the Religious Voting Cleavage in 21st Century New Brunswick”. Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

2016


Anna Johnson

“A Comparative Analysis of Political Finance Regulation in the Maritime Provinces”. Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

Jason Smythe

“Habitus, Field Theory and the ‘Bridge’: Using A Bourdieusian Approach to Examine and Explain Cold War Continuities in Britain’s Post-Cold War Foreign Policy”. Supervisor: Dr. Terry Terriff

Paul Boakye

“Chieftaincy Conflicts in Ghana: A case study of the Ga Mashie Chieftaincy Conflict Under the Fourth Republic”. Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Brianna Morris

“The Law and Politics of Provincial Impaired Driving Legislation”. Supervisor:  Dr. Rainer Knopff; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton

Rob Curriewood

“Playing in the Margins: Collaboration between Local Party Organizations in the Canadian Party System”. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

2015


Alexei Kondrackyj

“Negotiating Design: The Case of the International Criminal Court”. Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Cameron Dykstra

“Winning the War of Words:  U.S. Foreign Policy Subcultures and the Grand Strategy of Primacy”. Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Chelsea Ogilvie

“Winning Conditions for Charter Reconsiderations:  Assisted Suicide in the Supreme Court of Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Ted Morton

Ali Radhi

“Dynamic Identities and Ethnosectarian Conflict: The Case of Iraq Under Occupation”. Supervisor: Dr. Tareq Ismael

2014


Ryan Pike

“Unraveling the Impact of Media Use on Political Knowledge”.
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young; Co-Supervisor: Dr. Melanee Thomas

Maria Ford

“A Violent Symbiosis: Gangs, the State, and the Rise in Crime in São Paulo After 2012”. Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Joshua Haase

“The Ontology of Marriage”. Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Mitch Parkinson

“Nationalist Violence and Terrorism: The Cases of Northern Ireland and Wales Compared”. Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Adam Rousselle

“Mutual Predators: An Examination of Russia’s Oil, Natural Gas, and Nuclear Sectors in the Post-Soviet Era”. Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

Sean Fleming

“The Locus of Responsibility in International Relations: A Theory of State Responsibility”. Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Elsa Piersig

“No Confidence in Non-Confidence Votes: Would the New Zealand Confidence Protocol or Constructive Non-Confidence Restore the Canadian Confidence Convention?”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

2013


Brett Loewen

“Partners in Change: An Analysis of the 2011 B.C. Liberal Leadership Contest”. Supervisor: Dr. David Stewart

Mark Machacek

“New Institutionalisms and the Resurgence of Traditional Authority in the Sub-harann Africa: The Buganda Case Study”. Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Meredith Lilly

“Bureaucracy and Thoughtfulness: Totalitarian Evil in the Political Theory of Hannah Arendt”. Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Kieran Jimenez

“Evolutionary Ethics? Substantiators, Skeptics and Moral Realism”. Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Tobey Berriault

“Unusual Suspects: Religion, Chieftaincy, and Post-Conflict Reintegration in Sierre Leone”. Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Olivia Rocskar

“The Roots of Democratic Participation: The Historical Legacies of the Polish Partitions”. Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

2012


Geoff Adair

“Emergent Arctic, Divergent Approaches: The Impact of Federal Organizations on Canada’s Pursuit of Sovereignty Over Its Arctic Waters”. Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Kim Weger

"The Role of NGOs in Development Initiatives:  An Analysis of Effective Participation and Representation in Ghana”. Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Andrew Newman

“Shifting the Status quo of Freedom: Civil Libertarians and the Supreme Court of Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Meredith McDonald

“Pink Slips for Politicians:  Assessing Recall in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr.Tom Flanagan

Kelly Pasolli

“Clarifying the Complexity:  Rethinking Studies of Variation in Child Care Policy”. Supervisor:  Dr. Lisa Young;  Co-Supervisor: Dr. Susan Franceschet

Tyson Kennedy

“Methinks the Amicus Doth Protest Too Much:  Adjudicating Canada’s Polygamy Policy”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Sean Hebert

“Insert Clever Title Here:  Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and the Evolving Role and Influence of Political Satirists in Twenty-First Century America”. Supervisor: Dr. David Taras

2011


Candice Powley

“Pondering the Democracy Promotion Puzzle:  A Theoretical Assessment of Why States Promote Democracy”. Supervisor: Dr. Antonio Franceschet

Mark Harding

"Value Added?  The Supreme Court’s Use of ‘Charter Values’”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Tammy Lambert

“Deepening Divides: Emergent Consequences of Rwanda’s Reconciliation Initiatives”. Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Tim Anderson

“The Enduring Nature of Pre-Modern Thought”.
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Mateusz Trybowski

“Why Parties Vote Together in Montreal City Council: Rethinking Assumptions About Legislative Party Cohesion in Parliamentary Systems”. Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

2010


Kelly Cust

“The Not-So-Unique Country: The Irrelevance of Canada’s Human Security Agenda and the Primacy of its National Interests”. Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Jane Arduini

“Resisting the Continental Pull: A Comparative Study of Canadian Trade Diversification Attempts, 1972-2005”. Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

David Schow

“The Environment, The Constitution, and the Supreme Court of Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Rob Blake

“Towards a Conception of Rape as a Violation of Constitutive Autonomy in Greek, Christian, New Natural Law Theory”. Supervisor: Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Dima Lazarova

“‘Energy Security’ and the International Relations Canon:  A Case Study on China”. Supervisor: Dr. Gavin Cameron

Mark Castelino

“The Notion of Philosophical Anthropology in the Political Thought of Eric Voegelin”. Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

2009


Chris Langille

“American Exceptionalism, Power and the Age of Terror: Neoconservatism in Theory and Practice”. Supervisor: Dr. Tareq Ismael

Kiley Thompson

“A Comparison Analysis of the Factors Influencing Policy Divergence in Liquor Retail Policies of Progressive Conservative Governments in Alberta and Ontario in the 1990s”. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

Will Greaves

“Lost in the Desert:  Human Security and the Dilemmas of Canadian Policy in Afghanistan”. Supervisor: Dr. James Keeley

David Snow

“From Commission to Conception:  Commercial Surrogacy and Morality Policy in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Rainer Knopff

Shawna Ritchie

“Political Myth and Democracy:   An Examination of the Nature of Political Myth in Democratic Societies”. Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Gemma Collins

“The Uneasy Case of Intellectual Property”.
Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

Evan Wilson

“Electoral Reform and the Correct Vote:  The Case of New Zealand”. Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O’Neill

2008


Alex Garcia Magos

“Presidential Power and Democracy in Mexico”.
Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Jason Munroe

“A Comparison of Social and Economic Political Attitudes of Canadian and American Evangelical Protestants”. Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O’Neill

Kevin Wasko

“Burgeoning Quandary: The Urban/Suburban/Rural Cleaveage in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Brenda O’Neill

Andrew Webb

“The Next Afghan Civil War”. Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Juliana Ramirez

“Rethinking the Link Between Civil Society and Civil War: The Case of Colombia”. Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Policzer

Paul Willetts

“The Rules of the Game: A Comparative Case Study of Carbon-Based Energy Policy in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Gretchen MacMillan

Sam Austin

“Regulating Political Finance in Canadian Cities”.
Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Erin Hutchinson

“Entrenching Gender Norms:  HIV/AIDS Peer Education in Durban”. Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Tyler Wightman

“Parliament and Canadian Foreign Policy”.
Supervisor: Dr. Donald Barry

Steven Hobbs

“Direct  Voter Contact: Its Effectiveness in the 2004 and 2006 Conservative Party of Canada’s  Election Campaigns”. Supervisor: Dr. Tom Flanagan

2007


Dylan Hanley

"Evaluating Israel’s Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy”.
Supervisor: Drs. Dowty and S. Keren

Michael Colborne

“An Election to Find an Era?  A Study of Print and Television Coverage of the 2004 Alberta Provincial Election”. Supervisor: Dr. Keith Archer

Paul Fairie

“God Only Knows:  The Canadian Catholic Voter in a Comparative Context”. Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Trevor Shelley

“Ascent from the Biological Baseline to Philosophical Openness:  An Essay on the Order of Inquiry into Human Nature and Politics”. Supervisor: Dr. Barry Cooper

Chris Berry

“Policy Change in Aviation Security, Canada and the United States, 1985-2005”. Supervisor: Drs. Anthony Parel, Lisa Young and Gavin Cameron

Mark Bizek

“The Anterior of Power Relations: Opening a Discourse into the Being of Intersubjective Power Relationships”. Supervisor: Dr. Katrine Froese

Heather Kathol

“Becoming a World City: A Policy Approach for Calgary”.
Supervisor: Dr. Stan Drabek

David Williams

“The Changing Nature of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada”. Supervisor: Dr. Anthony Sayers

2006


Carol-Anne Eves

“Continuity and Japan’s Inaugural Human Security-Centered Foreign Policy”. Supervisor: Drs. Kimie Hara and James Keeley

Julie Kielstra

“Government Action and Political Leadership:  Roles & Responsibilities in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS:  Examining the Impact the Impact of President Thabo Mbeki’s Leadership on the Effectiveness of National AIDS Strategies in South Africa”. Supervisor: Dr. Donald Ray

Anita Singh

“Why Can’t We All Get Along? Synthesizing Human and Traditional Security:  A South Asian Case Study”. Supervisor: Dr. Rob Huebert

Melanee Thomas

"The Political Disengagement of Canada’s Young Women”. Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young

Laura Young

“Dominant by Demand: An Historical Investigation of the Role for the Party Leader in Canada’s Federal Political Parties”. Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Young