Our department educates students in each of the core disciplines of political science.  Below you’ll find descriptions of each field, along with examples of issues we study and links to the professors who specialize in those fields.

Canadian Politics

In response to the wide array of global challenges that we face today, Canada can play an instrumental role in shaping relationship in the emerging political order.  To do so, Canadian citizens and governments must understand the powers and potential pitfalls that are embedded in our own system.  The study of Canadian politics incorporates Canada’s own rapidly changing political institutions and policies, but also how society responds to these changes.  We provide expertise in the institutions of Canadian government, federalism, public policy, Quebec politics and multiculturalism, women and politics, Canadian media, democratic reform, and Canadian political thought. 

The following faculty offer courses or conduct research in this field:

  • Andrea Lawlor
  • Jacquie Newman
  • John Grant

International Relations

International politics is an exciting and often unpredictable field of study.  Our faculty who study international relations are incredibly active.  In addition to their frequent publications, they work regularly with governments, NGOs and the media to understand and change politics in an international context.  Current areas of strength include foreign policy, international organizations and trade, political economy, critical security studies, border studies, terrorism and global conflict, human rights, law and development.

The following faculty offer courses or conduct research in this field:

  • Erin Hannah
  • Benjamin Muller
  • Thomas Tieku

Comparative Politics

The field of comparative politics provides students with a range of theoretical approaches that we use to compare countries and regions around the world.  Whether you compare different modes of government, public policies, social movements or the role of media, this field challenges students to think about alternative ways of doing politics.  Our faculty have particular expertise on issues central to the study of North America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. 

The following faculty offer courses or conduct research in this field:

  • Thomas Tieku
  • Jacquie Newman
  • Andrea Lawlor

Political Theory

At its best, political theory is an encounter with competing ideas about what politics is meant to achieve and how people should live.  Political theory at King’s is designed so that a grounding in the history of political thought leads to study of modern and contemporary debates.  Our department is particularly strong when it comes to studying political ideologies, critical theory, issues of democracy, equality and inequality, political violence, as well as international political theory and surveillance studies.

The following faculty offer courses or conduct research in this field:

  • John Grant
  • Jacquie Newman
  • Benjamin Muller

Public Policy and Administration

Understanding how government policy is crafted – and how it should be evaluated – is central to political science.  Our faculty teach and research in a wide variety of policy areas including immigration and multiculturalism, health, climate change, and practices of public consultation.  If you’re interested in pursuing a career in government or the non-profit sector, we also offer courses where students can develop the practical skills needed to design and evaluate policies and programs in the public and private sectors.

The following faculty offer courses or conduct research in this field:

  • Andrea Lawlor
  • Jacquie Newman