Dr. Maya Eichler

Associate Professor

PhD (Political Science), York University
MA (Political Science), York University

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Office – McCain Centre 203E
Office telephone number -902-457-6237

Maya Eichler is an Associate Professor in Political and Canadian Studies and Women’s Studies at MSVU. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and leads the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs at MSVU. Dr. Eichler is interested in social change and citizen engagement in the military and security sphere, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender. Dr. Eichler currently conducts research on gender, sexual violence, and the armed forces, the transition from military to civilian life, and community stories of war and peace. 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.

Dr. Eichler has published the book Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in Post-Soviet Russia with Stanford University Press (2012) and the edited volume Gender and Private Security in Global Politics with Oxford University Press (2015). Her articles have appeared in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Armed Forces & Society, Études International, Critical Security Studies, Citizenship Studies, Brown Journal of World Affairs, International Journal, Military Behavioral Health, Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. She serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.

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. Tammy Findlay

Associate Professor and Chair

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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, as well as courses in Political Studies and Women’s Studies.

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.


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Dr. Jeff MacLeod

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PhD, (Political Science), University of Western Ontario
MA, (Political Science), Acadia University
BA, (Community Studies), Cape Breton University

Dr. Jeffrey J. MacLeod, Professor Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. MacLeod holds a PhD in political science (Western) and his research explores politics, culture and art through arts-based methods of inquiry. Journals in which his work is published include Tolkien Studies, Mythlore, Mallorn (illustrations), The Artifice, The International Journal of the Image, The Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Canadian Parliamentary Review. MacLeod is also an active visual artist (drawing, painting and digital art).


Dr. Michael MacMillan (Professor Emeritus - Retired)


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PhD, (Political Science) University of Minnesota
MA, (Political Science) University of Minnesota
BA, (Hons),
University of New Brunswick


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.

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.

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Dr. Meredith Ralston


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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. Reginald Stuart (Professor Emeritus - Deceased)

PhD, University of Florida

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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.