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Two Political Science PhD students earn coveted Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Political Science is thrilled to announce that Claudia Diaz Rios and Hubert Rioux Ouimet are both recipients of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships in the 2016-17 competition.

Jul 17, 2017

The Department of Political Science is thrilled to announce that Claudia Diaz Rios and Hubert Rioux Ouimet are both recipients of Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships in the 2016-17 competition.

As the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) underlines, “the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships provide financial support to elite national and international postdoctoral researchers who will positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research‐based growth.” The Department is honored to have two successful candidates each earn one of 23 national awards available in the SSHRC disciplines in this year's competition.

Dr. Diaz Rios defended her dissertation on the politics of education reform in Argentina, Chile and Colombia in fall 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Dion.  Her postdoctoral project is entitled, “The Role of Public-Subsidized Private Schools in Latin America: How do They Work, in What Contexts, and Who Benefits from Them?” and will be undertaken at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Scott Davies. The project will compare the performance of public-subsidized private schools (PSPS) in two countries with a long-standing tradition of subsidizing private schools (Argentina and Colombia), unraveling the relationship between the context in which PSPS are employed, the implemented mechanisms, and the results of these schools. Using mixed methods, the analysis will show how the implementation of PSPS vary in different contexts and will provide a new framework to understand this variation and its relationship with different patterns of outcomes.

Dr. Diaz Rios says, "The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship represents an exceptional opportunity to advance my career goals and continue my research on globalization of education and social policy. The Department of Political Science prepared me for this experience by offering rigorous theoretical and methodological training. The support of all my instructors and the motivation and mentorship of my doctoral committee members were crucial to successfully complete my doctoral program and progress toward my career goals."

Hubert Rioux Ouimet will soon present his dissertation on the role of minority nationalism in the development of venture capital in Quebec and Scotland, which has been supervised by Dr. Peter Graefe. He continues his interest in the role of nationalist ideology in economic policy with a project entitled “Public Regional Economic Development Agencies: Origins, Forms and Responsibilities.” He will be pursuing this research at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique in Montreal, with Stéphane Paquin as supervisor. The project compares regional development agencies in Ontario, Québec, Massachusetts, California, Scotland and Wales, seeking to understand and account for the mix of economic and political rationales for their mandates. It seeks to understand what distinguishes these strategies, and to evaluate whether the territorial politics of nationalism and federalism help explain part of this divergence.  Mr. Rioux has previously held SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarships for his Master’s and Doctoral studies, as well as an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.