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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

Fall 2017 Research in Progress Seminar Series, hosted by the Department of Political Science, McMaster University

Tuesday, October 24 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-709

  • Does Devolution Affect Policy Direction? Affordable Housing in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario
    Dr. Maroine Bendaoud, SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Department of Political Science, McMaster University

Tuesday, November 14 2:30 -- 4:00 KTH-709

  • Documenting the 'killing fields' of Sri Lanka: Atrocity images and the politics of habeas corpus extremis
    Dr. Narendran Kumarakulasingam, Centre for Refugee Studies
    York University


Other talks associated with the Department in 2017:

Wednesday, September 26

  • Academic Women’s Success and Mentorship (AWSM) Lecture Series 
    "Leadership, Women and the UN"
    McMaster Alumni, Patricia Moser
    Director of the Procurement Group of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
    Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Room 1A4 3:00

Wednesday, October 4

  • Guest Lecture for POL SCI 4O06/6O06 "Canadian Politics" on the topic of "Public Policy and the Roles of the Ontario Cabinet"
    Jonathan Trentadue, MA Political Science McMaster 2009
    Burke Science Building (BSB) Room B155 11:30 - 1:00