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Frost Catherine, Associate Professor

Catherine Frost

Associate Professor

Faculty
Department of Political Science

Members
Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Area(s) of Interest:

Biography

Book cover: Morality and Nationalism by Catherine Frost

Catherine Frost received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and joined McMaster in 2002. Her teaching and research interests are in political thought and history, including political community, nationalism and collective identity, as well as communications theory, literature and new media. Her research centers on questions of representation and justice, and asks how and why systems of representation are created and re-created, and how this shapes and reshapes politics.

Her current research looks at political origins and renewal, with a special focus on political founding, including Declarations of Independence and the origins of law. It addresses how changes in communications practices, concepts of time, and experiences of violence and loss, impact on the pursuit of freedom and sovereignty through founding. Related research also addresses: the role of political death and self-sacrifice, the politics of photography, passports and citizenship, the political theory of Hannah Arendt, ancient literature, political revolution in the digital age, performative politics and the political force of poetic speech.

Her book, Morality and Nationalism, was part of the Routledge “Innovations in Political Theory” series and looked at the history of nationalism in Ireland and Quebec and showed that in these cases it involved shared communicative frameworks for both politics and culture, shaping the possibilities for liberal-democracy and difference. Her previous work has also examined relationship between national identity and inclusion, and examined possibilities for reconciliation between them.

Dr. Frost is a member of the multiculturalism research cluster in the Political Science department at McMaster. Before joining McMaster Frost held research fellowships at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and McGill University in Montreal, and before entering academia, she served as a policy advisor in the Ontario government and a communications advisor in the private sector.

 

Research and Supervision

Her teaching and research interests are in political theory, and include political community, diversity, political speech and rhetoric, and contemporary and ancient theory including interdisciplinary and comparative approaches.

Teaching

Courses

Undergraduate
POLSCI 3CC3 – Foundations of Political Authority: 20th Century Political Thought
POLSCI 4FF3 - Rights and Justice

ARTSCI 1A06 - Practices of Knowledge

Graduate

POLSCI 757 - Theories of Political Community

Research

Books 

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • (2010) "Dilemmas of Belonging" in After the Nation?: Critical Reflections on Nationalism and Post-Nationalism, Keith Breen and Shane O'Neill (eds) London: Palgrave.
  • (2007) “Deserving democracy: Technology was never the problem, and it won't be the solution,” in Josh Greenberg and Charlene Elliot (eds) Communications in Question: Canadian Perspectives on Controversial Issues in Communication Studies, Thompson-Nelson.
  • (2004) “Getting to Yes: People. Practices and the Paradox of Multicultural Democracy,” in David Laycock, (ed.) Representation and Democratic Theory, Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • (1993) “Bill 15 and the Mandatory Retirement Debate: A Study in Political Discourse,” in Graham White (ed.) Inside the Pink Palace. Toronto: OLIP/CPSA.

Other

  • (2017) "The Power of Prophecy: Sovereign Closure or Political Possibility?" University of Leuven.
  • (2016) “Death as Witness: Self-Sacrifice and Political Founding.” American Political Science Association.
  • (2015) “Does Canada have a founding moment?” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. 
  • (2014) Review of Self-Determination without Nationalism: A Theory of Post-National Sovereignty, Omar Dhabour Social Theory and Practice 4(4): 706-12.
  • (2014) “Performing Citizens” Arts-Centered Community-Engaged Social Science (ACCESS) Collaborative, McMaster University.
  • (2014) “The Unexamined Life.” Bethune Round Table, McMaster University.
  • (2014) “Political Founding in an Internet Age.” American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.
  • (2013) “Making and authenticating the citizen: Naturalization and passport applications as windows on the practices of political membership” Canadian Political Science Association (with Elke Winter).
  • (2013) “Founding & Forgetting: The strange case of Ireland’s Proclamation of Independence.” Canadian Political Science Association.
  • (2012) Catherine Frost “Agents of Change: Education, Media and Social Transformation” Association for Canadian Studies/Canadian Ethnic Studies Association.
  • (2012) Review of National Self-Determination and Justice in Multinational States, Anna Moltchanova. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 33(5): 513-5.
  • (2012) Review of Multicultiphobia, Phil Ryan. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 44(4): 955-6.
  • (2012) Review of National Self-Determination and Justice in Multinational States, Anna Moltchanova. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 33(5): 513-5.
  • (2012) “National Identity as a resource for Global Inclusion: ‘Dislocating’ national identity from the nation-state,” Working Paper CSGP 12/6, Center for the Study of Global Power and Politics, Trent University.
  • (2012) “Passport Identity Validation Practices as a Window on Political Community,” Canadian Political Science Association.
  • (2011) “Nation-(Re)building: Critical Factors for Success in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Canadian International Council.
  • (2011) Review of The Fair and Responsible Use of Space, Rathgeber, Wolfgang; Schrogl, Kai-Uwe; Williamson, Ray A. (eds.) Space Policy (28 January).
  • (2011) “National Identity as a Resource for Global Inclusion: ‘Dislocating’ national identity from the nation-state” International Studies Association.
  • (2010) “Transformative Multiculturalism: Irish Minorities and National Identity in Hard Times” American Political Science Association.
  • (2010) Review of Everyday Multiculturalism, Amanda Wise & Selvaraj Velayutham (eds). Journal of Intercultural Studies 31:437-9.
  • (2009) “Between Political Founding and Post-Nationalist Future: The Malleability of National Identity in a Small Globally-Oriented State.” Discussion Paper, Institute for British-Irish Studies, University College Dublin.
  • (2008) Review of Rorty’s Politics of Rediscription, Gideon Calder. Canadian Journal of Political Science 41:3.
  • (2006) Review of Community in the Digital Age: Philosophy and Practice, Andrew Feenberg and Darin Barney (eds). Canadian Journal of Communication 31:2.
  • (2003) Review of E-Government: Information and Communication Technology in Public Administration, Gudrun Trauner. Canadian Public Administration 46: 244.
  • (2002) Review of Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Duncan Ivison, Paul Patton and Will Sanders (eds). Contemporary Political Theory 1: 239-41.
  • (2002) Review of The Ethics of Nationalism by Margaret Moore. The Review of Politics 64: 543-45.
  • (2000) Review of The State of the Nation, by John Hall. Canadian Journal of Political Science 33: 178-9.