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Dr. Jeff MacLeodAssociate Professor

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PhD, (Political Science), University of  Western Ontario

MA, (Political Science), Acadia University

BA,   (Community Studies), Cape Breton University



Dr. MacLeod has long believed that a considered understanding of the process of politics is essential for improving social justice and striving for the public good. The strength of the academic discipline of political science is its ability to consider political thought and action from a variety of perspectives, for, at its core, it is an inter-disciplinary field.



MacLeod’s research interests capture this inter-disciplinary approach through published articles in the fields of  health policy, English literature and Canadian politics. His most recent work concentrates on examining the connection between visual art and politics. Journals in which his work is published include: The Canadian Journal of Political Science, Myth lore (Tolkien studies), Healthcare Papers, the Canadian Parliamentary Review and the International Journal of the Image.



This inter-disciplinary spirit is also evident in his teaching dossier as he regularly offers courses in the disciplines of public policy, political science and public relations.

 

MacLeod maintains that direct, intuited experience informs a fuller understanding of the dynamics of the political process. His scholarship has been expanded through lessons gleaned while serving the Canadian government in the legislative branch as a policy advisor to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology; the executive branch, as a senior policy advisor with Health Canada; and in the provincial sphere as the executive assistant to the Nova Scotia Minister of Health in the Government of Premier John Savage. He also served through leadership positions in a variety of political campaigns.



His academic career is complimented by his active work as a visual artist. He was born on Cape Breton Island and has lived throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario.



Dr. Michael MacMillan

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PhD, (Political Science) University of Minnesota    

MA,   (Political Science) University of Minnesota

BA,   (Hons), 
University of New Brunswick

                                                      

Teaching:

Dr. MacMillan teaches courses in the areas of political theory, Canadian politics and Canadian public policy and administration. Some of his recent course offerings include Democracy and Deliberation, Social and Political Justice, Human Rights: Theory and Practice, and Public Affairs and Policy Management.

Research:

Dr. MacMillan’s areas of research interest include Canadian Politics, Political Theory and Public Policy. Two of his principle areas of research interest are human rights and democratic theory.  He has published a number of articles on issues regarding language rights, language policy and language conflict, culminating in his book, The Practice of Language Rights in Canada, published in 1998 by the University of Toronto Press. This book was short-listed for the prestigious Donner Prize, for the best book in public policy published in that year.. His current research explores issues in democratic theory and practice, specifically the question of how to enhance citizen engagement in public decision-making. He has completed one project on citizen engagement in Nova Scotia regarding the Heritage Planning public consultation and is currently completing a project on the Natural Resource Strategy citizen consultation in Nova Scotia.

Selected Publications:

-“Auditing Citizen Engagement in Heritage Planning: The Views of Citizens.”  Canadian Public Administration.  53 (2010): 87-106.

-“Active Conscience or Administrative Vanguard?:  The Commissioner of Official Languages as an Agent of Change” Canadian Public Administration 49 (2, 2006): 161-179.

-“Judicial Activism or Restraint?: The Role of the Highest Courts in Language Policy in Canada and the United States.”  American Review of Canadian Studies.  33 (2, 2003): 239-260. (with R. Tatalovich)      

-“Federal Language Policy in Canada and the Québec Challenge” in Pierre Larrivee, ed., Linguistic Conflict and Language Laws: Understanding the Québec Question (Basingstoke, England: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers, 2002): 87-117.

-“Democratic Rights and the Public Service: Political Neutrality Versus the Charter.” Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 9 (1989): 183-209. (with J. Leslie H. Brown) 

-“Social Versus Political Rights: A Distinction without a Difference?” Canadian Journal of Political Science

19 (June 1986): 283-304.

The following is a link to the presentation of Dr. MacMillan's recent research on the citizen consultation on heritage planning in Nova Scotia. Please click here to view the presentation. 




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Dr. Meredith RalstonProfessor

PhD (Political Science), Dalhousie University

MA (International Relations), University of Sussex

BA (Political Science), University of Toronto



 A member of the Department of Women’s Studies since 1993, Dr. Ralston was cross-appointed to this Department in 2004. Her academic interests include homelessness and prostitution in comparative contexts, women’s rights as human rights, women in politics, and critiques of neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism. Her published works include “Nobody Wants to Hear Our Truth” in Homeless Women and Theories of the Welfare State, published by Greenwood Press in 1996 and “Homeless Women and the New Right” in Francois-Pierre Gingras’ Gender and Politics in Contemporary Canada, published by Oxford University Press in 1995. She is currently involved in a collaborative development project on the sex trade industry in the Philippines.



Dr. Ralston has been actively involved in the women’s community in Nova Scotia and organized a grass roots project in preparation for the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995.



She has written and directed a National Film Board of Canada production “Why Women Run” which profiles Alexa McDonough and Mary Clancy. She has also co-directed and co-produced “Wendy Lill: Playwright in Parliament” which follows Wendy Lill in her first year as a rookie MP.



Dr. Ralston is currently working on her third documentary on sex tourism in the Philippines. She continues to work with her Filipino colleagues on participatory video and theatre of the oppressed techniques.





Dr. Tammy FindlayDr. Tammy FindlayAssociate Professor and Chair

Ph.D. – York University (political science)
M.A. –York University (political science)
B.A. – Huron University Western (political science)

Tammy Findlay grew up in London, Ontario. She came to Halifax from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she did a post-doctoral fellowship in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies’ Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC. Before joining the faculty at the Mount, Dr. Findlay taught at York University, Trent University, and the University of Western Ontario in political science, women’s studies, social science and Canadian studies. She has also worked as a policy researcher for a national social policy organization.

Dr. Findlay teaches the Canadian Studies core courses, and serves as faculty advisor to its majors and the Canadian Studies Student Society.

 

Professor Findlay’s research interests are in the areas of Canadian politics, gender and politics, gender and public policy, intersectionality, social policy, child care, community engagement, multilevel governance, and women’s representation. Dr. Findlay values interdisciplinary and community-based research that fosters social change, and has been involved in a variety of university and community service.

She is currently working on several projects:

1) Changing Public Services: Women and Intersectional Analysis, with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

2) Child Care and Intersectionality: Building Social Policy Solidarity

3) Royal Commission on that Status of Women at 50 (federalism and multilevel governance)

4) Kids In Communities Study (KICS), a collaboration with Australian researchers

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Dr. Findlay’s book, Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance and Democracy in Ontario, is now available from the University of Toronto Press:

 

http://www.utppublishing.com/Femocratic-Administration-Gender-Governance-and-Democracy-in-Ontario.html

 

 

 

Other Selected Publications:

Tammy Findlay, “Child Care and the Harper Agenda: Transforming Canada’s Social Policy Regime,” Canadian Review of Social Policy. 71 no. 1. (Spring 2015). pp. 1-20.

Tammy Findlay, “Nurturing ‘Social Movement Intersectionality’: Child Care Policy Advocacy in Canada.” In Caring for Children: Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada. Rachel Langford, Susan Prentice, Patrizia Albanese, eds. Forthcoming.

Tammy Findlay. “The Women’s Movement and the State in Ontario.” In Divided Province: Ontario Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism. Gregory Albo and Robert MacDermid, eds. Forthcoming, 2015.

Tammy Findlay with Stella Lord. “A New Economy Needs Child Care.” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Nova Scotia. April 2015. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/Nova%20Scotia%20Office/2015/04/New_Economy_Needs_Childcare.pdf

 Tammy Findlay. “Social Capital and Local Governance Regimes: Early Childhood Development Roundtables in British Columbia.” The Innovation Journal. 19 no. 1. (2014).

Tammy Findlay. “Femocratic Childcare.” In The New Politics of Critical Social Work. Mel Gray, and Stephen A. Webb, eds., Palgrave, 2013. pp. 174-194.

Tammy Findlay. “Democratizing Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes: Community Engagement and Public Reporting in Early Learning and Child Care in Canada.” In Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes. Peter Graefe, Julie Simmons, and Linda White, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2013. pp. 75-101.

Tammy Findlay and Lynell Anderson. “Does Public Reporting Measure Up? Federalism, Accountability and Child Care Policy in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration. 53 no. 3. (September 2010). pp. 417 - 438.

Lynell Anderson and Tammy Findlay. Making the Connections: Using Public Reporting to Track the Progress on Child Care Services in Canada. Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC). October 2007. Access at: http://www.ccaac.ca/mtc/en/pdf/mtc_finalreport_en.pdf

Tammy Findlay. “Getting Our Act Together: Gender, Globalization, and the State.” Socialism and Democracy. 18 no. 1 (January-June 2004). pp. 43-83.

Kimberly Earles and Tammy Findlay. Renewing Democracy: Rethinking Representation in Canada. Law Commission of Canada. July 2003.

Tammy Findlay. “Resisting ‘Tongue-Twister’ Language: In Search of a Practical Feminism.” In Community and the World: Participating in Social Change. Torry D. Dickinson, ed. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003. pp. 129-138.


Dr. Maya Eichler

Maya Eichler

PhD (Political Science), York University

MA (Political Science), York University

Magistra (Political Science/Russian Language), University of Vienna



Maya Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement, and Assistant Professor in Political Studies and Women’s Studies at MSVU. She grew up in Vienna (Austria) and came to Canada to pursue graduate studies. She completed her Ph.D. at York University and held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Toronto. She was a 2013-2014 Lillian Robinson Scholar at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.



Professor Eichler is interested in social change and citizen engagement in the military and security sphere, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender. Her research focuses on feminist international relations theory, gender and the armed forces, the privatization of military security, and veterans and military families. She has published the book Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia with Stanford University Press (2012) and recent articles in Critical Security Studies, Citizenship Studies, Brown Journal of World Affairs, and the International Journal. She is the editor of Gender and Private Security in Global Politics, published by Oxford University Press in 2015. She serves as an Associate Editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics.



Dr. Eichler teaches courses in the areas of International Relations and Gender Studies, such as Women, War, and Peace, Gender and International Relations, Canadian Foreign Policy, and a special topics course on Critical Military and Veterans Studies. 



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Dr. Reginald Stuart (Professor Emeritus)Professor

PhD, University of Florida

BA, MA, University of British ColumbiaStuart



Dr. Reg Stuart is from Vancouver, B.C., and taught at universities in Prince Edward Island and elsewhere in Canada before he came to MSVU as Dean of Arts and Science in 1988.  Since then he has taught aspects of American History and Politics, with a focus on Canadian-American Relations, Comparative North American Politics, and Canadian Foreign Policy. He won awards at the University of P.E.I., various research grants from each university and from Canadian and American granting agencies. In 2004 he held a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Fellowship at the Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. 



Dr. Stuart has written, spoken and published widely on his various research projects and current affairs for academic and private audiences, local and national radio and television programs, and newspapers.  He has travelled in Canada, the United States and parts of Western Europe on academic, research and sabbatical work.  



His books include United States Expansionism and British North America, 1775-1781 (1988; 1990 Albert Corey Prize winner); The First Seventy-Five Years (1988); War and American Thought: From the Revolution to the Monroe Doctrine (1982), and The Half-Way Pacifist: Thomas Jefferson’s View of War (1978).  His many articles and reviews have appeared in The American Review of Canadian Studies, Diplomatic History, Canadian Journal of History, International History Review.  His current book project is Dispersed Linkages: Canadians and North America’s Layered Relationship.