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Heavy visibility for McMaster Political Science at the CPSA meetings

Political Science PhD Candidate, Sarah Shoker, and Political Science Professor, Peter Graefe, on CPSA Board of Directors

Jun 22, 2017

Twenty-two of the Department's faculty and graduate students attended the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association at Ryerson University from May 30-June 1. They presented papers on such varied topics as the politics of Key and Peele, judicial activism, documenting undocumented immigrants, and agri-food governance.

Sarah Shoker, the graduate student representative on the CPSA Board of Directors, organized a well-publicized roundtable on Graduate Life and Mental Health. "We hope to continue the conversation on mental health and graduate life with a roundtable at next year's student caucus meeting."

Shoker, who has completed the first year of her three year term, sees the following priorities for the coming year: continuing the development of the CPSA Career Blog, lowering membership fees for graduates, and establishing a working group to discuss how the CPSA can address mental health in political science departments. 

She will be joined on the Board by Peter Graefe, who was elected for a three year term. "Our discipline faces important challenges in contemporary Canada, whether that involves increasing the diversity of the profession, responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls-to-Action, or ensuring that our research is properly recognized and valued," Graefe noted. "Our professional association is one place to start defining responses."

Group photo of the CPSA Board

Peter Graefe, (back row, third from right) with the 2017-18 CPSA Board