Political Science

Our dedicated and experienced faculty work as a team to build confident, well-rounded, informed students. We provide opportunities that broaden your horizons, preparing you for graduate studies or the world of work.



 

Faculty

Brendan Boyd

Assistant Professor, Economics
Assistant Professor, Political Science

PhD (Victoria)

7-368F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3227

Dr. Brendan Boyd investigates why, how and with what effect governments learn from each other when developing solutions to critical policy issues. In particular, he has studied the role of learning and other cross-jurisdictional influences among Canadian provinces responding to climate change. He is interested in whether Canada's provincial and territorial governments act as policy laboratories, allowing for policy experimentation and innovations that can spread and inform the policy development in their counterparts across the country, as well as at the federal level. His research primarily relies on elite interviews with decision makers and policy analysts to understand the role of cross-jurisdictional learning and influences on their work.

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Sen Lin

Assistant Professor, Political Science

PhD (Calgary)

7-368H, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-4533

Chaldeans Mensah

Associate Professor, Political Science

PhD (Alberta)

7-368M, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5326

Chaldeans Mensah is a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He served as the faculty representative on the University's board of governors from 1998-2001 and from 2007-2013. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Leadership Training and Development (Chair Academy, 2001) and Academy for Advanced Leadership (Chair Academy, 2010).

In 1996, Dr. Mensah received a distinguished instructor award at MacEwan University. In 2005, he received the MacEwan Medallion, the highest recognition awarded to a MacEwan University employee. In the following year, he received one of the Alberta Centennial Medals in the category of education in recognition of his outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta. In 2007, Dr. Mensah received the Award of Distinction for Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Practice from the Alberta Department of Advanced Education and Technology to recognize his efforts in assisting students to acquire the international and intercultural knowledge, skills and abilities to function effectively in a global context. In the 2013-2014 academic year, he received the Dorothy Gray award from the Students' Association of MacEwan University for his outstanding contribution to the University and campus life.

With a strong interest in experiential learning of the United Nations, he serves as the current Treasurer of the National Model United Nations, which organizes the world's largest Model UN in New York and at international locations. He also serves as faculty advisor of the award-winning MacEwan University Model UN Club.

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Gaelan Murphy

Associate Professor, Political Science
Discipline Coordinator, Political Science

PhD (Georgetown), MA (Carleton), BA (Carleton)

7-367C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3912

Dr. Gaelan Murphy has a PhD in Government from Georgetown University with a concentration in political philosophy, prior to that he completed his MA and BA at Carleton University. His primary field of research is 19th and 20th century continental political philosophy with a focus on German Idealism and the tradition of thought it inspired. He is currently working on a manuscript titled Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy: Happiness and Education in the Moral Universe of Science in which he argues that the account of life provided for us by the materialism of modern science never provides the happiness it promises.

This interest informs his teaching of the history of political thought. In his courses students will learn to follow the Platonic message that philosophy isn’t about knowing the right answers but about looking at the right things. Students are encouraged to look at the world with their divine imagination in order to better understand the everyday world of experience. Through engagement with a tradition rich with resources designed to help answer that eternal question how ought I to live, students come to appreciate the political and moral complexities of the modern world in a new, and more profound, way. Ultimately exposure to the history of political thought gives students access to the wisdom of the ages and the tools necessary to begin applying that wisdom to their own lives in whatever endeavours they ultimately choose to pursue.

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Jeffrey Rice

Assistant Professor, Political Science

PhD (Queen's)

7-368R, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-4524

John Soroski

Associate Professor, Political Science

PhD (British Columbia), MA (Calgary), BA (Calgary)

7-360F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3675

John Soroski received his BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and his PhD from the University of British Columbia. Before coming to MacEwan University, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. He has also taught at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

John's research, writing, and teaching centre on Canadian politics and contemporary political theory. Among his recent courses at MacEwan University have been offerings on Canadian federalism, law and politics, and culture and identity issues in Canadian politics. His scholarly writing has included coverage of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the relationship between religion and politics, and issues in contemporary liberal philosophy and politics such as freedom of expression and affirmative action.

 

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Andrea Wagner

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Discipline/Honours Advisor, Political Science

PhD (Carleton)

7-368E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3734

Dr. Andrea Wagner is an assistant professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton and a consultant for Bertelsmann Foundation, responsible for providing regular updates and analytical reports on Romania’s latest anti-corruption efforts. Her research focuses on corruption and rent-seeking in the European Union specifically on the importance of anti-corruption agencies in Central and Eastern Europe. She examines how domestic and international rhetoric directed against highly successful anti-corruption agencies can undermine the fight against corruption.

In addition, the recent return of the specter of populism on both sides of the political spectrum in many developed countries motivated her to focus on uncovering the intricate relationship between populism and Euroscepticism. The current populist Zeitgeist is emerging alongside a general frustration with the direction and magnitude of the European integration process. She is curious to see and test whether the EU citizen holds simultaneously both populist and Eurosceptic attitudes or whether the former is still amicable to the EU integration process even when the EU voter cheers for a populist party.

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Sessional instructors

Elisa King

Sessional Instructor, Political Science

PhD (Alberta)


Administration and advising

Hugh McKenzie, Department Chair, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science
Associate Professor, Anthropology

PhD (Alberta)

7-367D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3435

Shannon Reekie, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

Administrative Assistant, Humanities

7-368, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3890

Andrea Wagner, Discipline/Honours Advisor, Political Science

Assistant Professor, Political Science
Discipline/Honours Advisor, Political Science

PhD (Carleton)

7-368E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3734