UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE SUPERVISION
If you've come to this page because you are interested in working with me to pursue a BA, MA, or PhD thesis under my supervision...thank you for your interest! I am happy to supervise student research on the subjects of urban politics, urban public policy, and Canadian political development. Undergraduate and graduate students under my supervision will participate in one (or in some cases both) of two research groups: the "Urban Politics and Policy Group" or the "Canadian Political Development Group". The purpose of these research groups is to develop and write high-quality research papers on topics of interest to group members while also providing practical teaching and training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.
While I am willing to discuss a wide range of potential topics for undergraduate or graduate supervision, I am especially interested in supervising research related to the themes of my own current research. In the material below, I've provided a list of the research topics that I feel I am especially well suited to supervise. I believe each of these topics is well worth exploring and would produce important and potentially publishable research in Canadian political science. I would be happy to discuss any of these topics with interested students in more detail and to help you identify and refine a thesis topic that is of interest to you.
1. The History of Urban Democracy in Canada
2. Municipal Elections
- In-depth studies of moments of urban institutional reform in Canada. Possible topics include: creation/abolition of ward systems, emergence/disappearance of urban political parties; analytic histories of specific urban political parties; the rise and fall of direct democracy in Canadian cities; reasons for the invasion (or more frequently non-invasion) of provincial and federal parties into urban politics; urban electoral reform; etc.
- Comparative studies of pro-reform and anti-reform coalitions in major Canadian cities. This research could include detailed qualitative studies of particular coalition members or larger quantitative comparisons.
- Quantitative studies of the evolution of urban democracy in Canada: competitiveness, incumbent advantage, the effects of particular institutional forms (wards, off-cycle elections, special purpose bodies) on electoral and/or policy dynamics.
3. Cities in Canadian Political Development
- Detailed qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods studies of important municipal elections in Canada
- Interview / ethnographic / participant-observation research on Canadian municipal elections
- Quantitative / public opinion research on Canadian municipal elections
- Studies of partisan activity in non-partisan local elections
4. Cities and Canadian Multilevel Governance / Intergovernmental Relations
- Case studies of moments of attention to urban issues by provincial and/or federal governments
- Quantitative studies of urban party systems and party competition in provincial and/or federal elections
- Studies of the presence and impact of urban representation in legislatures, governments, and cabinets
- Instances of successful and unsuccessful urban advocacy in provincial and/or federal policy-making
- Policy case studies: e.g. the role of municipal governments in provincial or federal policy making in a particular policy domain (or compared across several policy domains)
- Institutional case studies: e.g. intergovernmental forums in which municipalities are involved. Intergovernmental relations staff within the administrative structure of Canadian cities.
- Survey / interview research on intergovernmental norms, provincial/federal actors' views of municipalities
UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE COURSES
- POLI 425 - Canadian Local Government
- POLI 433 - Urban Policy and Governance
- POLI 621 - Canadian Political Institutions
- Canadian Political Institutions (Graduate)
- Canadian Political Development
- Multilevel Governance and the City
- Government and Politics of Canada
- Government and Politics of Ontario
- Summer 2013 (University of Toronto)