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Clusters and Interdisciplinary Networks

Research Clusters

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department.


Interdisciplinary Networks

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University:

Research SNAPS

Research SNAPS:

To learn more about the research we do in Political Science, browse our research snaps. Snaps are short, readable summaries of what we do, what we discover, and why it matters.


View some of our department ResearchSNAPS

Fullbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs in Political Science and Public Policy

Every year a U.S. scholar joins McMaster University's Political Science department to conduct research and engage with faculty and graduate students on an issue in governance and public policy.

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy


Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy Conference

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, in conjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Engineering and Public Policy Program, and the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging cordially invites graduate students to the sixth Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy. The conference will be held February 6-7, 2017 in Hamilton, Ontario and is entitled Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 6.

Learn more about this conference

Research in Progress Seminar Series

Research in Progress Seminar Series

Winter 2015 Research in Progress Seminar Series, hosted by the Department of Political Science, McMaster University

Thursday, Mar. 5th* 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-732

  • Eye to Eye, Hand to Hand: Rosa Luxemburg, Antonio Gramsci, Karl
    Polanyi and the possibilities of Critical IPE
    Dr. Robert O’Brien, Professor, Political Science, McMaster University

Thursday, March 19 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-732

  • Title TBD: Politics of Risk Perception
    Dr. Simon Kiss, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Leadership Programs,
    Wilfred Laurier University


Other talks associated with the Department in 2015:

Thursday, Feb. 5th

  • Academic Women’s Success and Mentorship (AWSM) Lecture Series
    Ms. Olivia Chow
    Former Member of Parliament, Toronto City Councillor and School Trustee
    Convocation Hall, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM; reception to follow

Monday, Mar. 16th

  • Conceding to Thrive: Asia’s Path to Democracy and Lessons for China
    Dr. Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation,
    Professor and Canada Research Chair, Munk School of Global Affairs,
    University of Toronto
    McMaster University Student Centre Rooms 311/313, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM