Dr. Jeff MacLeod


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PhD, (Political Science), University of Western Ontario
MA, (Political Science), Acadia University
BACS, 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

MA, Phd, 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.

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.

Dr. Meredith Ralston

Faculty Photo 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 Findlay

Associate Professor & 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.

She is currently working on several projects:

1) Changing Public Engagement from the Ground (the Halifax section of Engendering Public Engagement, Democratizing Public Space)

2) Child Care and Intersectionality: Building Social Policy Solidarity

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

TFindlay Book Women,Politics, Public Policy

Dr. Findlay has a new book coming out this year: Jacquetta Newman, Linda White, and Tammy Findlay. Women, Politics and Public Policy: The Political Struggles of Canadian Women, 3rd Ed., Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/women-politics-and-public-policy-9780199025527?type=listing&lang=en&cc=in

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

Other Selected Publications:

Alana Cattapan, Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Tammy Findlay and April Mandrona. “Power, Privilege, and Policymaking: Reflections on “Changing Public Engagement from the Ground Up.” Creating Spaces of Engagement, Leah Levac and Sarah Wiebe, ed., University of Toronto Press. Forthcoming.

Tammy Findlay. “Revisiting GBA/GBA+: Innovations and Interventions.” Canadian Public Administration. 62 no. 3 (Sept. 2019).

Tammy Findlay. “Feminist Community-Based Research in Public Policy.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. Special Issue on Socially Engaged Research in Political Science. (June 2019).

Tammy Findlay. “Gendering State: Women and Public Policy in Ontario.” In Divided Province: Ontario Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism. Greg Albo and Bryan M. Evans, eds. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2018. pp. 212-246.

Rachel Robinson, Tammy Findlay, and Geoffrey Woolcock. “Helping Communities Improve Child Development Outcomes: The Importance of Governance in the Kids in Communities Study (KiCS).” Australasian Journal of Early Childhood. (Sept. 2018).

Tammy Findlay. “Femocratic Administration and the Politics of Transformation.” In From the Streets to the State: Changing the World by Taking Power. Paul Gray, Ed. SUNY Press, 2018.

Tammy Findlay. “Gendering Canadian Public Administration.” In Handbook of Canadian Public Administration, 3rd Edition. Christopher Dunn, Ed. Oxford University Press, 2018.

Tammy Findlay and Deborah Stienstra. “Intersectionality in Austere Times: Boundary-Crossing Conversations.” Atlantis. 38 no. 1.(June 2017). pp. 150-153. http://journals.msvu.ca/index.php/atlantis/article/view/5393/150-153%20PDF

Tammy Findlay. “Nurturing Social Movement Instersectionality: Childcare Advocacy in Canada.” In Caring for Children: Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada. Rachel Langford, Susan Prentice and Patrizia Albanese, Eds. Vancouver, UBC Press, 2017. pp. 208-231.

Tammy Findlay and Mary-Dan Johnston. “Who Does What in Public Services?” Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. August 31, 2017. http://www.criaw-icref.ca/images/userfiles/files/Public%20Services%20-%20Who%20Does%20What.pdf

Tammy Findlay and Charlotte Kiddell. “Ten Reasons Why Universality is Important in Public Services.” Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. March 20, 2017. http://www.criaw-icref.ca/images/userfiles/files/UniversalityFINAL.pdf

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 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/

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: https://ccaacacpsge.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/mtc_finalreport_en1.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. Reginald Stuart

StuartProfessor Emeritus – Deceased

PhD, University of Florida

BA, MA, University of British Columbia

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.

Dr. Nargess Kayhani


Chair/Associate Professor

BS (University of Tehran)
MA, PhD (University of Oregon)

Nargess Kayhani joined the Mount in 1982. Her Diverse areas of research include social responsibility, health economics, and the food industry. She is particularly interested in identifying incidences of unhealthy food productions and their impact on the physical health as well as cost of healthcare in Canada.

Dr. Kayhani studies the effects of public policies in areas such as the environment, gender equality, and the living conditions of Aboriginal Communities in Canada. She is also interested in how budgetary issues affect the health and education of women in Canada, and has been invited to give talks on women’s issues to various associations.

Dr. James Sawler

sawlerAssociate Professor, Co-ordinator of Public Policy Program

Bcomm (Magna Cum Laude)
MA, PhD (Economics), Dalhousie University

James Sawler joined the faculty at Mount Saint Vincent in July 2006. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at Concordia University and Acadia University.

Dr. Sawler’s research interests include decision-making involving strategic alliances, international competition and merger policy, and the teaching of economics. His recent publications include articles in Managerial and Decision Economics, Canadian Competition Record, and the Journal of Economic Education. He is an associate with the European Union Centre of Excellence at Dalhousie University and serving as a director of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association.

SDGs for James Sawler: No Poverty, Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities

Dr. Maya Eichler

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

Telephone; 902-457-6237
McCain Centre 203E

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.