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. 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)