PhD's Awarded

Our Alumni

Our doctoral students have published engaging research in a variety of areas within Political Science. The Electronic Theses and Dissertations (EDTs) of our students are available here.


Laura Pin

  • January 29, 2019
  • Participatory Governance, Neoliberal Restructuring and Participatory Budgeting in Chicago, IL
  • Supervised by: Dennis Pilon, Karen Murray, Barbara Cameron

Nicholas Vlahos

  • February 13, 2019
  • Decentralization, Devolution and the Political Economy of Scale in Britain, 1945 to 2016
  • Supervised by: Dennis Pilon, Stephen Hellman, Terry Maley

 Hailey Murphy

  • April 5, 2019
  • The Antagonistic Self: Politics and the Political
  • Supervised by: Shannon Bell, Terry Maley, Leah Bradshaw

Dean Caivano

  • May 6, 2019
  • The Radical Democratic Thought of Thomas Jefferson: Politics, Space & Action
  • Supervised by: Martin Breaugh, Stephen Newman, Richard Matthews

Andrew Jones

  • August 6, 2019
  • The Kids are Alt-Right: The Intellectual Origin of the Alt-Right
  • Supervised by: Shannon Bell, Robert Latham, David Mutimer

John Carlaw

  • September 24, 2019
  • The Conservative Party of Canada and the Politics of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (2006-2015)
  • Supervised by:  Dennis Pilon, Alan Simmons, Arat-Koc Sedef

Myles Carroll-Preyde

  • November 15, 2019
  • Crisis and Transformation in Heisei Japan
  • Supervised by:  Stephen Gill, Isabella Bakker, David McNally

Matt Dow

  • November 22, 2019
  • Canada’s Carbon Capitalism in the Age of Climate Change
  • Supervised by:  Stephen Gill, Isabella Bakker, Karen Murray


Thomas Cheney

  • January 29, 2018
  • Re-Enchanting Human Ecology: Identity and Difference, Process Metaphysics, and Emergence
  • Supervised by: Terry Maley, Asher Horowitz, J.J. McMurtry

Michael Molavi

  • March 26, 2018
  • Multilayer Access to Environmental Justice: A Critical Policy Analysis of Ontario's Class Action Regime
  • Supervised by: Isabella Bakker, Shannon Bell, Trevor Farrow

 Shourideh Molavi

  • June 11, 2018
  • Interrogating the Citizen: The Israeli Logic of Exclusion and the Internationalization of Citizenship Restrictions
  • Supervised by: Robert Latham, Gerald Kernerman, Willem Maas

Lori Crowe

  • August 3, 2018
  • Militarism, Security and War: The Politics of Contemporary Hollywood Superheroes
  • Supervised by: David Mutimer, Sandra Whitworth, Shannon Bell

Jessica Evans

  • September 4, 2018
  • Imagined Communities of 'Whiteness': Racial-Nationalist Origins of Settler-State Formation in Argentina and Canada, 1840-1914
  • Supervised by: Hannes Lacher, David McNally, Dennis Pilon

Robert Froese

  • September 26, 2017
  • Subjectivity, Alienation, and Liberation in Levinas and Marx
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, David McNally, Martin Breaugh

Karl Dahlquist

  • October 22, 2018
  • Leo Strauss: Hobbes and Liberalism
  • Supervised by: Stephen Newman, Martin Breaugh, David McNally

Julian Campisi

  • November 5, 2018
  • What's in a Political Risk? Re-Assessing the Policies and Determinants of Foreign Investments
  • Supervised by: Willem Maas, Burkard Eberlein, Stephen Hellman

Eric George

  • November 26, 2018
  • The Political Economy of Commercial Arbitration. The Corporatization of U.S. Arbitration Law
  • Supervised by: Stephen Gill, Isabella Bakker, Amy Cohen


Robert Batarseh

  • January 20, 2017
  • Searching for a “Clean Population”: A Study of Canada’s Group Processing Program
  • Supervised by: Gerald Kernerman, Robert Latham, Anna Pratt

Tobin LeBlanc Haley

  • February 15, 2017
  • Transinstitutionalization: A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Ontario’s Public Mental Health Care System
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Karen Murray, Geoffrey Reaume

 Alisha Ticku

  • February 15, 2017
  • Dreamscapes of Dubai: Geographies and Genealogies of Global City Status
  • Supervised by: Kamala Kempadoo, Anna Agathangelou, Zulfikar Hirji

Caitlin Daley

  • June 4, 2017
  • Growth Management and Regional Government: How an Interpretive Approach Can Explain Politicians’ Commitment to Smart Growth Policies in Waterloo Region, Ontario
  • Supervised by: Dennis Pilon, Karen Murray, Pierre Filion

Jessica Parish

  • July 19, 2017
  • The Vital Politics of Gentrification: Governing Life in Urban Canada into the 21st Century
  • Supervised by: Karen Murray, Asher Horowitz, Isabella Bakker, Leslie Kern

Jordy Cummings

  • September 14, 2017
  • Forces of Chaos and Anarchy: Rock Music, the New Left and Social Movements, 1964 to 1972
  • Supervised by: Shannon Bell, Greg Albo, Scott Forsyth

Rebecca Hall

  • September 22, 2017
  • Diamonds are Forever: A Decolonizing, Feminist Approach to Diamond Mining in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Kamala Kempadoo, Frances Abele

Elya Durisin

  • December  1, 2017
  • White Slavery Reconfigured: The “Natasha Trade” and Sexualized Nationalism in Canada
  • Supervised by: Kamla Kempadoo, Sandra Whitworth, Sheila Cavanagh


 Eren Duzgun

  • January 29, 2016
  • Property, State and Geopolitics: Re-interpreting the Turkish Road to Modernity
  • Supervised by: Hannes Lacher, George Comninel, Feyzi Baban (Trent)

Paulo Ravecca

  • February 5, 2016
  • The Politics of Political Science: Re-Inscribing Latin American Experiences
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Elizabet Dauphinee, Viviana Patroni

Simon Black

  • February 23, 2016
  • Child Care on the Cheap: Welfare Reform and the Social Organization of Child Care Work in New York City
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Barbara Cameron, Frances Fox Piven

Talat Balca Arda Guney

  • April 18, 2016
  • The Sublime in Contemporary Art and Politics: The Post- 9/11 Art of Middle Eastern Diaspora in North America
  • Supervised by: Nergis Canefe, Robert Latham, Scott Forsyth

Paul Christopher Gray

  • April 28, 2016
  • The Tragedy of Marx and Justice: A Critique of Marx’s Failed Attempt to Dispense with Principles of Justice
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Terry Maley, Esteve Morera

Jasmin Mujanovic

  • May 2, 2016
  • Hunger & Fury: The Political in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Supervised by: Terry Maley, Robert Latham, Daphne Winland

Paul Mazzocchi

  • June 20, 2016
  • The Flesh of History: Intersubjectivity, Experience and Utopia in Merleau-Ponty and Benjamin
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Martin Breaugh, Asher Horowitz

Ezgi Dogru

  • September 16, 2016
  • The ‘Benevolent Hand’ of the Turkish State: Mass housing Administration (TOKI), State Restructuring and Capital Accumulation in Turkey
  • Supervised by: Greg Albo, Laam Hae, Sebnem Oguz

Lilian Yap

  • September 30, 2016
  • Green Jobs: An Alternative to Neoliberalism? Recycling in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Toronto Canada
  • Supervised by: Greg Albo, Viviana Patroni, Stefan Kipfer

Adam Hilton

  • October 7, 2016
  • Party Reform and Political Realignment: The New Politics Movement in the Democratic Party
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Dennis Pilon, Stephen Hellman

Rachel O'Donnell

  • October 25, 2016
  • Plant-Based Contraceptives and Bioprospecting in the Americas: A Genealogy of Petiveria Alliacea
  • Supervised by: Sandra Whitworth, Viviana Patroni, Ann (Rusty) Shteir

Manuel Larrabure

  • December 9,  2016
  • Post-Capitalist Struggles in 21st Century Latin America: Cooperation, Democracy and State Power
  • Supervised by: Greg Albo, David McNally, Viviana Patroni

Thomas Chiasson-Lebel

  • December 12,  2016
  • Development, Capitalists and Extractive Rent: Class Struggles in Venezuela and Ecuador
  • Supervised by: Viviana Patroni, Richard Saunders, Leo Panitch

Bikrum Singh Gill

  • December 12,  2016
  • Race, Nature, and Accumulation: A Decolonial World-Ecological Analysis of Indian Land Grabbing in the Gambella Province of Ethiopia 
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Anna Agathangelou, Radika Mongia


Pamela McKane

  • January 13, 2015
  • “No Idle Sightseers”: The Ulster Women’s Unionist Council and Ulster Unionism (1911-1920s)
  • Supervised by: Susan Henders, Sandra Whitworth, William Jenkins

Frantz Gheller

  • January 23, 2015
  • Geo-Politics, State-Formation and Economic Development in Quebec and Ontario
  • Supervised by: Hannes Lacher, George Comninel and Frédérick Guillaume Dufour

Caleb Basnett

  • February 23, 2015
  • Politics and the Aesthetic Animal: Aristotle and Adorno
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, Shannon Bell, Martin Breaugh

Joseph Baines

  • March 16, 2015
  • Price and Income Dynamics in the Agri-Food System: A Disaggregate Perspective
  • Supervised by: Jonathan Nitzan, Rodney Loeppky, Mark Peacock

Bradley Bauerly

  • March 27, 2015
  • The Agrarian Seeds of Empire: The Political Economy of Agriculture in the U.S. State Institutional Capacity Building
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Hannes Lacher, Jamey Essex

Curtis Atkins

  • May 4, 2015
  • Forging a New Democratic Party: The Politics of the Third Way from Clinton to Obama
  • Supervised by: Greg Albo, Tom Klassen, Dan Cohn

Christopher Hendershot

  • May 5, 2015
  • Corpses, Guns, Penises and Private Military and Security Corporations
  • Supervised by: David Mutimer, Sandra Whitworth, Christopher Spearin

Simon Tremblay-Pepin

  • May 25, 2015
  • Contribution à une èconomie politique de l’émancipation
  • Supervised by: Martin Breaugh, Asher Horowitz, Brian Singer

Matthew Morgan

  • July 3, 2015
  • The Provision of Security in an Age of Austerity: The Transformation of NATO, the Production of Trans-scalar Spaces of Intervention, and the Future of the West
  • Supervised by: Robert Latham, Greg Albo, Nicola Short

Alana Cattapan

  • July 31, 2015
  • Controlling Conception: Citizenship and the Governance of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Canada (1989-2004)
  • Supervised by: Miriam Smith, Barbara Cameron, Lorna Weir


Shokoufeh Sakhi

  • March 19, 2014
  • Ethics and the Resistant Subject: Levinas, Foucault, Marx
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, Shannon Bell, Rob Albritton

Julie Dowsett

  • May 7, 2014
  • Feminism for Sale: Commodity Feminism, Femininity, and Subjectivity
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Sandra Whitworth, Shannon Bell

Rachel Magnusson

  • May 12, 2014
  • From Freedom to Equality: Thinking Politics and Education with Jacques Rancière
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, Shannon Bell, Martin Breaugh

Tina Virmani

  • May 23, 2014
  • Contesting Community and Nation: Caste, Discrimination and Reservation Politics in India
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Gerald Kernerman, Radhika Mongia

Sean Starrs

  • May 30, 2014
  • The Persistence of American Economic Power in Global Capitalism: From the 1960s into the Twenty-First Century
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Greg Albo, Sam Gindin

Mai Thu Thi Nguyen

  • Building Relationships or Building Roadblocks with Public Consulations? An Evaluation of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy in Winnipeg and Toronto
  • June 16, 2014
  • Supervised by: Tom Klassen, Ian Greene, Dan Cohn

Jordan Brennan

  • The Business of Power: Canadian Multinationals in the Postwar Era
  • July 28, 2014
  • Supervised by: Mark Peacock, Bruce Smardon, Andrew Jackson

Melanie Richter-Montpetit

  • Beyond the Erotics of Orientalism: Homeland Security, Liberal War and the Pacification of the Global Frontier
  • September 17, 2014
  • Supervised by : Anna Agathangelou, Sandra Whitworth, Andil Gosine

Simon Granovsky-Larsen

  • Within and Against the Market: The Guatamalan Campesino Movement under Neoliberal Peace
  • October 7, 2014
  • Supervised by: Nicola Short, David McNally, Liisa North

Emily Merson

  • International Relations and Contemporary Artwork: Canadian Settler Colonialism, Indigenous Self-Determination, and Decolonizing Visuality
  • November 27, 2014
  • Supervised by Anna Agathangelou, David Mutimer, Matt Davies


Jesse Salah Ovadia

  • January 11, 2013
  • Local Content and the Emergence of the Petro-Developmental State in the Gulf of Guinea
  • Supervised by: Richard Saunders, Gregory Albo, Anna Zalik

Xavier Lafrance

  • January 16, 2013
  • Citizens and Wage-Labourers: Capitalism and the Formation of a Working Class in France
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Ellen Wood, Mark Thomas

Ruth Felder

  • February 25, 2013
  • Neoliberal Reforms, Crisis and Recovery in Argentina (1990s-2000s)
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Greg Albo, Viviana Patroni

Elliott Buckland

  • April 15, 2013
  • Politics as Perishing: Crisis, Contradiction and Non-Identity in Marx and the Frankfurt School
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, David McNally, Martin Breaugh

Nand C. Bardouille

  • April 19, 2013
  • Punching Above it’s Weight: The Caribbean as an ‘Ideational’ Actor in Global Politics in the Era of Normative Power Europe
  • Supervised by: David Leyton-Brown, Heather MacRae, Daniel Drache

Randall Terada

  • June 14, 2013
  • Subjective Dispossession and Objet A: A Critique of Judith Butler’s Relational Ontology from a Lacanian Perspective
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Shannon Bell, Anna Agathangelou

Frederick Peters

  • June 17, 2013
  • Schmutz on the Baltic: The Political Economy of Urban Water Infrastructure in Post-Communist Europe
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Roger Keil, Scott Prudham

Hyeng-Joon Park

  • June 20, 2013
  • Dominant Capital and the Transformation of Korean Capitalism: From Cold War to
  • Supervised by: Jonathan Nitzan, David McNally, Ted Winslow

Kamila Pietrzyk

  • June 24, 2013
  • Time, Technology and Troublemakers: “Fast-Activism” and the Alter-Globalization Movement in Canada
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Stephanie Ross, Lesley Wood

Angela Joya

  • July 11, 2013
  • Accumulation by Dispossession and the Transformation of Property Relations in Egypt: Housing Policy under Neoliberalism
  • Supervised by: Greg Albo, Leo Panitch, Sabah Alnasseri

Sandy Hager

  • September 17, 2013
  • Public Debt, Ownership and Power: The Political Economy of Distribution and Redistribution
  • Supervised by: Jonathan Nitzan, Rodney Loeppky, Mark Peacock

Tyler Shipley

  • October 4, 2013
  • Honduras and the New Canadian Imperialism: Re-Assessing Canadian Foreign Policy Matters
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Rodney Loeppky, Liisa North

Timothy Clark

  • October 25, 2013
  • The State and the Making of Capitalist Modernity in Chile
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Simone Bohn, Hannes Lacher

Laura Harris

  • November 8, 2013
  • Reproductive Rights in Ireland: A Unique Journey
  • Supervised by: Heather MacRae, Janice Newton, Ann Porter, Patricia McDermott

Rafeef Ziadah

  • November 20, 2013
  • Outside the Multicultural: Solidarity and the Silencing of Palestinian Narratives
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, David McNally, Karen Murray

Julian Germann

  • November 29, 2013
  • Pivotal Crisis: State Power and Social Forces in the Making of Neoliberal Capitalism
  • Supervised by: Hannes Lacher, Leo Panitch, Stephen Gill

Jeremy Green

  • December 6, 2013
  • The Political Economy of the Special Relationship: British Development and American Power
  • Supervised by: Hannes Lacher, Leo Panitch, Stephen Gill

Sanja Dejanovic

  • December 18, 2013
  • The Paradox of Sense, or On the Event of Thought in Gilles Deleuze’s Philosophy
  • Supervised by: Shannon Bell, Asher Horowitz, Jay Lampert

Eric Newstadt

  • December 18, 2013
  • The Value of Quality: Capital, Class, and Quality Assessment in the Remaking of Higher Education in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ontario
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Bob Drummond, Janice Newson


Hironori Onuki

  • The Everyday Spaces of Global Labour Migration: Migrant Workers as Political Agents in Japan
  • Supervised by: Stephen Gill, Anna Agathangelou, Philip Kelly

Carlos Velasquez Carrillo

  • The Persistence of Oligarchic Rule in El Salvador: Neoliberal Transformation, and the Retrenchment of Privilege and Inequality in the Post-Civil War Period
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Liisa North, David McNally

Sandra Ignagni

  • Is Leisure Working? The State and Gendered Regulation of Working Time and Leisure in Canada, 1950-2006
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Eric Tucker, Pat Armstrong

Jonathan Martineau

  • Time, Capitalism, and Alienation: Social time Relations, Clock-Time and the Making of World Standard Time
  • Supervised by: David McNally, George Comninel, Frederick Guillaume Dufour

Travis Fast

  • The Profound Hegemony of Neoliberalism: Economic Theory, Public Policy, and Capitalist Accumulation
  • Supervised by: Gregory Albo, Thomas Klassen and Sam Gindin

John Grundy

  • Administering Employability: Employment Service Delivery in the Era of Active Labour Market Policy
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Barbara Cameron, William Walters (Carleton University)

Melanie Samson

  • Wasting Value and Valuing Waste: Insights into the Global Crisis and the Production of Value Reclaimed from a Soweto Garbage Dump
  • Supervised by: Isa Bakker, John Saul, Gillian Hart (University of California, Berkeley)

Sirvan Karimi

  • Social Classes, National Settings, and the Welfare State: The Public Pension Systems in Canada and Australia
  • Supervised by: Gregory Albo, Leo Panitch, Thomas Klassen

Reese Simpkins

  • Making Trans Multiple: Movement, Materiality, Becoming
  • Supervised by: Leah Vosko, Shannon Bell, Bobby Noble

Sebastien Rioux

  • Labouring Bodies: Living Standards and the Distribution of Food in Britain, 1850-1914
  • Supervised by: Isabella Bakker, David McNally, Philip McMichael (Cornell University)

Devin Penner

  • Rethinking the Spectacle: Radical Political Agency in the Information Society
  • Supervised by: Martin Breaugh, Scott Forsyth, David McNally


Allawala, Ahmed

  • Civic Metropolitan Regionalism: The Politics of Competitive Multiculturalism in Toronto
  • Supervised by: Roger Keil, Ann Porter, John Shields

Ayelazuno, Jasper

  • Neo-Liberalism and Resistance in Ghana: Understanding the Political Agency of the Subalternsin Social-Historical Context
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, David McNally, Obiora Okafor

Dumont, Joshua

  • Pension Reform & the Labor Movement in France, 1993-2003
  • Supervised by: Stephen Hellman, Marc Lesage, Ann Porter

Finn, Melissa

  • Al-Qaeda and the Sacrificial Subject: Martyrdom Operations for War and Politics
  • Supervised by: Elizabeth Dauphinee, David Mutimer, Shannon Bell

Foley, Paul

  • The Commodification of Global Governance? Fisheries Certification in the Era of Market Civilization
  • Supervised by: Stephen Gill, Robert Latham and Derek Hall

Guidotto, Nadia

  • The XY White Man’s Burden or Re/Building the Gender Empire: The Medical and Legal regulation of Intersex
  • Supervised by: Anna Agathangelou, Shannon Bell, Bobby Noble

Kim, Jongchul

  • Identity, Money, and Trust: The Origin, Politics, and Ontology of Early-Modern Paper Money in England the 17th – Early 19th Century
  • Supervised by: Jonathan Nitzan, Ted Winslow, John Smithin

LeBaron, Genevieve

  • Neoliberalism and the Governance of Free Labor: A Feminist Political Economy Account
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Isabella Bakker, Laam Hae

MacDonald, Ian

  • Labour and the City: Trade Union Strategy and the Reproduction of Neoliberal Urbanism in Toronto and New York
  • Supervised by: Gregory Albo, Leo Panitch, Stefan Kipfer

Mathur, Ritu

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross and Humanitarian Practices of Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Supervised by: David Mutimer, Elizabeth Dauphinee, Shannon Bell

Ross, Daniel

  • The Political Economy of Free and Open Source Software
  • Supervised by: George Comninel, David McNally, Rodney Loeppky

Sharzer, Greg

  • The Political Economy of Localism
  • Supervised by David McNally, Gregory Albo, Steven Tufts

Taucar, Christopher

  • Assessing Judicial Decisions on Judicial Independence: the Canadian System of Government and Framework for Judicial Review
  • Supervised by: Ian Greene, Carl Baar, Bruce Ryder


Aquanno, Scott

  • The Dollar’s Value: International Finance and the Subprime Crisis
  • Supervised by: Leo Panitch, Ann Porter, Sam Gindin

Brassard, Alexandre

  • Le nationalisme chez les artistes Québécois
  • Supervised by: Ken McRoberts, Martin Breaugh, Joyce Zemans

Edler, Juliane

  • The Wages of Germanness: Nationalism and Racism in the Making of the East German Working Class after Unification
  • Supervised by: David McNally, Himani Bannerji, Stefan Kipfer

Holman, Christopher

  • Politics as Performance: Toward a Non-Identitarian Model of Political Action
  • Supervised by: Asher Horowitz, David McNally, Martin Breaugh

Roberts, Adrienne

  • Governing Social Marginality: Towards a Feminist Political Economy of Poverty, Crime and Punishment
  • Supervised by: Isa Bakker, Stephen Gill, Ann Porter

Wai, Zubairu

  • Interpreting African Conflicts: Power, Knowledge and the Discourse of Violence on the Sierra Leone Civil War
  • Supervised by: Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, Anna Agathangelou, Pablo Idahosa

Waldie, Adam

  • Non-state Political Theory: From A Tribal Good Life to Increased Well-being
  • Supervised by: George Comninel, Stephen Newman, Marshall Beier

Williams, Lisa

  • Media, Identity, and International Relations: The Arctic and Inuit in Film and Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy
  • Supervised by: Susan Henders, Scott Forsyth, David Mutimer

Yang, Jonathan

  • Guarding the Nation Against the Market: The Rise of Taiwan’s “No Haste, Be Patient” Policy, 1996-2001
  • Supervised by: Bernie Frolic, Greg Albo, Susan Henders