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Licata Angela A., PhD Candidate | Instructor/Teaching Assistant

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Angela A. Licata

PhD Candidate | Instructor/Teaching Assistant

Graduate Students
Department of Political Science

Area(s) of Interest:


Supervisor: Dr. Tony Porter

Research Interests

  • Global Political Economy 
  • Global Finance 
  • Public Policy
  • Tax Regulation

Funding and Awards

2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (McMaster University), PhD

2015 McMaster Graduate Scholarship (McMaster University), PhD

2014 McMaster Graduate Scholarship (McMaster University), MA


2015-Present: PhD in Political Science, International Relations - McMaster University

2014-2015: Master of Arts in Political Science, International Relations - McMaster University

2010-2014: Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Governance - Ryerson University


Sessional Instructor

  • POLSCI 4CF3: Canadian Foreign Policy (McMaster University)
  • POLSCI 2C03: Force and Fear, Crime and Punishment (McMaster University)

Teaching Assistant

  • POLSCI 2C03: Force & Fear, Crime & Punishment
  • POLSCI 2J03: Global Political Economy
  • POLSCI 2M03: Comparative Politics of Advanced Industrial Nations


Publications Peer-Reviewed

Licata, A. (2019). “Reinforcing Environmental Degradation With Market-Based Sustainability Schemes.” E-International Relations.

Licata, A. (2015). "Formalizing Crime: The EU's Attempt at Regaining Regulatory Control Over The Illicit Market Economy." Concordia Political Science Graduate Student Journal 4, 111-152.

Conference Presentations

Paper, March 2019: “Tax Avoidance…Good or Bad? An Analysis of Competing Norms in International Tax Regimes.”

  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.

Paper, June 2018: “Exploiting the Globalization of Finance: Recognizing Norms that Preserve the Legality of Offshore Tax Avoidance.”

  • Joint Annual Meeting on Law and Society, Toronto, ON.

Paper, April 2018: “Show Me the Money: An Era of Offshore Tax Avoidance Constructed by Financial Secrecy & Dependence.”

  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Paper, May 2017: “Accounting for Missing Money: Norms Governing Offshore Tax Avoidance.”

  • Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) Annual Conference, Toronto, ON.

Paper, February 2017: “Hacktivism: Curbing Tax Avoidance Through Public Shaming.”

  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Paper, March 2016: “Hypocrisy with International Taxation Standards and Abolishing Financial Secrecy in Offshore Accounts.”

  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Paper, March 2016: “The European Union’s Attempt at Gaining Regulatory Control Over the Illicit Market Economy.”

  • International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Paper, February 2016: “Who Leads Matters in the War on Drugs.

  • McMaster Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 5 Conference, Hamilton, ON.

Paper, April 2015: “Into the Darkness: The Political, Social and Structural Ramifications of Formalizing Economic Crime in Italy.”

  • The Department of Political Science’s 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference, Montréal, QB.

Paper, March 2015: “Formalizing Crime: Implications of Including Illegal Economic Actions in EU Economy Calculations.”

  • Dalhousie Graduate Political Science Symposium, Halifax, NS.

Paper, March 2015: “The Value in Shadows: Sustaining Economic Position Through Illicit Non-State Actors.”

  • Western Political Science Research Forum, London, ON.