George Anderson has been President and CEO of the Forum of Federations since 2005. He served over thirty years in Canada’s federal public service, where his positions included Deputy Minister of Natural Resources (2002-2005) and Deputy Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Cabinet office (1996-2002).
Sebastian Baglioni has served as Assistant to the Chair of the IPSA Research Committee on Federalism (28) since 2007. His dissertation, entitled “Multinational Democracy and Political Recognition in Spain, 1978-2010”, deals with issues of federalism, substate nationalist claims and political recognition.
Keith Banting is a Professor in the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies, and holder of the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy. He has authored two books, edited at least fifteen more, and contributed a lengthy list of articles dealing with public policy. Dr. Banting’s current work focuses on ethnic diversity, multiculturalism and the welfare state. In 2009-10, he served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association. In 2004, Dr. Banting was appointed as Member of the Order of Canada.
Karlo Basta’s scholarly work focuses on the accommodation of difference in multinational states. His research examines ethnofederal institutions both in terms of their origin and features, as well as their impact on the stability and survival of diverse polities. His dissertation, titled “The Accommodative Capacity of Multinational States,” explains the differences in the extent and sustainability of territorial autonomy in four multinational polities. He is a member of the Canadian-based Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project.
David Cameron is Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In 1999, Prof. Cameron helped launch the Forum of Federations, an Ottawa-based international NGO concerned with federalism’s role in the maintenance and construction of democratic societies. Recently, he has advised the Estonian Government on constitutional reform, and national and sub-national governments in Russia on the management of their federation. He has worked on intergovernmental relations in India, and assisted the peace process in Sri Lanka from 2002 to 2005. In December 2004, he advised members of the Interim Government of Iraq, at the request of the National Democratic Institute, and returned to Baghdad in July 2005 to offer support to the Constitutional Drafting Committee of the Iraqi National Assembly.
Sujit Choudhry is a Professor at New York University School of Law. Professor Choudhry has written widely on comparative constitutional law and comparative constitutional development, with a particular focus on Canada, South Africa, India and the United States. His work also addresses basic methodological questions in comparative constitutional law. Recently, he has written on constitutional design as a tool to manage the transition from violent conflict to peaceful democratic politics, especially in ethnically divided societies. He has published over sixty articles, chapters and reports. His edited collections include Constitutional Design for Divided Societies: Integration or Accommodation (Oxford, 2008) and The Migration of Constitutional Ideas (Cambridge, 2006). He sits on the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, is a member of the Editorial Board of the Constitutional Court Review (South Africa), and is on the Board of Advisers for the Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law. In 2010, he was one of four Canadians to receive the Trudeau Fellowship, the Canadian equivalent of the MacArthur awards.
César Colino is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the Spanish National Distance-Learning University (UNED) in Madrid. He has taught at the University of Salamanca and the Autonomous University of Madrid and has been visiting researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Society (MPIfG) in Cologne and Research Officer (Forschungsreferent) at the Institute for Research in Public Administration (FöV), in Speyer, Germany. He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre d’Études et de la Recherche sur la Vie Locale (CERVL), at the IEP of Bordeaux, France (2004), and at the Center for Federal Studies at the University of Kent (UK) (2008). His recent research and publications revolve around comparative public policy and administration, comparative federalism, intergovernmental relations and constitutional reform in federations having looked especially at the Spanish federal system.
Jan Erk has research interests in various areas of Comparative Politics, including federalism, nationalism, ethnic conflict, territorial politics, political cleavages, public policy, constitutional politics, interest groups, religion and secularism, international and domestic levels of analysis, immigration, far right parties, European integration and comparative historical research. What unites these is an interest in questions of unity and diversity. His work on these topics has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Prof. Gagnon is Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies and professor of Political Science, Université du Québec à Montréal. He is a founding member of the Research Group on Multinational Societies (1995-) and is director of an emerging research centre on diversity (CRIDAQ : Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité au Québec) that brings together thirty researchers. Gagnon has also served as Director of the Quebec Studies Program at McGill University from 1992 to 2003. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in Kingston, a think tank devoted to understanding federal-provincial relations in Canada, and sits on several editorial boards. Gagnon’s research and writing has concentrated on Quebec and Canadian politics, with a special emphasis on multinational federalism, nationalism, identity politics, and party politics. More recently, Gagnon has explored normative approaches and theories to better account for federal societies in the Western world.
Ailsa Henderson conducts research on political culture(s) in federal and multi-national states. Most of this work focuses on variations in political culture at the sub-state level and explores how national identity, federalism, devolution or institutional design can affect regional variations in political attitudes and behaviours. Dr. Henderson currently holds a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship (2008-2010) to conduct research on the constituent political cultures of Europe.
Ran Hirschl is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development. His primary areas of interest are Canadian and comparative constitutional law, constitutional and judicial politics, and comparative legal traditions and institutions more generally. Professor Hirschl is the author of Towards Juristocracy (Harvard University Press, 2004 & 2007) and Constitutional Theocracy (Harvard University Press, 2010), and has published extensively on comparative constitutional law and politics in journals such as Law & Social Inquiry, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Political Research Quarterly, American Journal of Comparative Law, Constellations, Human Rights Quarterly, Annual Review of Political Science, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and the Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence. He co-edits a Cambridge University Press book series on comparative constitutional law and policy; has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Stanford; held distinguished visiting professorships at Harvard, USC, and NYU; delivered the Annual Lecture in Law & Society at Oxford University; and is the recipient of a University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award.
Joshua Hjartarson has lectured extensively in comparative and Canadian politics, and brings policy and management experience from the public sector, having served in various positions with the Government of Ontario in Intergovernmental Affairs, Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Finance.
Thomas O. Hueglin is professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada where he is also the 2009/10 University Research Professor. His most recent book publications are Comparative Federalism: A Systematic Inquiry (2006, with Alan Fenna) and Classical Debates for the 21st Century: Rethinking Political Thought (2008). Current research is focused on federalism and political theories of diversity and governance.
André Juneau is currently Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University. In 2002, he was appointed as the first Deputy Head (Deputy Minister rank) of Infrastructure Canada with the mandate to create a new federal department. This required significant liaison with many provincial and territorial officials, as well as with officials in cities and communities across Canada. Previously, he served as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Relations and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet for Operations under the Chretien government (1998-2002).
Michael Keating’s interests include European politics, nationalism, public policy, urban and regional politics and society, and social science methodologies. He is currently working on a large project on Rescaling Europe and on methodological pluralism. He has also been working to improve the interface between academics and practitioners in the field of public policy in Scotland and beyond. He is a co-founder of the Scottish Policy Innovation Forum and, with Richard Rose, directs the Scotland in the World initiative. He has advised local governments in Scotland and Canada, the Scottish Government, the European Commission, OECD/SIGMA, OECD, the German Development Cooperation agency, and the Committee of the Regions on a range of issues, including public policy, devolution and federalism and the management of nationality conflicts.
Jean Lachapelle studies Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His PhD research focuses on the dynamics of authoritarianism, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. His research interest also include issues of regime transition and democratization in divided societies.
John McGarry is Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy at Queen’s University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is concerned with the design of political institutions in divided political systems, and particularly with power-sharing and federalism. He is the author/co-author of twelve books on these subjects, including four with Oxford University Press. In 2008-09, McGarry served as “Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing” to the United Nations (Standby Team, Mediation Support Unit). He is currently the chief advisor on governance to the UN led negotiations in Cyprus.
Christina Murray served on a panel of seven experts advising the South African Constitutional Assembly in drafting South Africa’s ‘final’ Constitution. Since then she has advised a number of government departments in South Africa on the implementation of the new system of multi-level government and worked with South Africa’s national Parliament and many of its nine provincial legislatures. Her most recent constitutional work outside South Africa has been in Southern Sudan, Indonesia and Kenya.
Alain Noël is professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. He works on social policy in a comparative perspective, as well as on federalism and on Quebec and Canadian politics. Currently, Alain Noël is president of the Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion of the Quebec government. Previously, he was also vice-president of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture, a member of Quebec’s Commission on Fiscal Imbalance, and a visiting professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble, at the Institut d’études politiques de Lyon and at the School of Social Welfare of the University of California at Berkeley.
Martin Papillon is the director of the Forum for Research on Aboriginal Peoples at the University of Ottawa. Most recently, Martin has served as co-researcher for the SSHRC MCRI project “Indigenous Peoples and Governance.”
Alexandre Paquin-Pelletier studies Canadian and Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His PhD research focuses on the relation between civil society and federalism, especially in multilingual contexts. He is also interested by intergroup relationships and trust, citizenship, and majority/minority nationalism.
François Rocher is Professor and Director of the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional politics in Canada, Canadian identity, Canadian federalism and Québec nationalism. He has published, in collaboration with R. Antonius and M. Labelle, Immigration, diversité et sécurité: les associations arabo-musulmanes face à l’État au Québec et au Canada (2009). He also co-edited Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics (2010) with P. H. Russell, D. Thompson and L. A. White; Politics in North America. Redefining Continental Relations (2007) with Y. Abu-Laban, and R. Jhappan; Contestation transnationale, diversité et citoyenneté dans l’espace québécois (2004) with M. Labelle; The Conditions of Diversity in Multinational Democracies (2003) with A.-G. Gagnon and M. Guibernau.
Philippe Roseberry is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. His research interests include the comparative analysis of nationalism, ethnic politics and intrastate conflict, as well as the study of political change in Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on the Balkan region. His Master’s thesis examined the international community’s role in the understanding of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-95) as an essentially ethnic problem, while his PhD dissertation will examine intra-group conflict and political struggle in a number of Eastern and Southeastern European conflicts. He regularly presents scholarly work on the wars in the former Yugoslavia as well as recent developments in Kosovo and is a frequent contributor of Balkan analysis in Canadian media.
Grace Skogstad has taught and published in the area of Canadian Federalism for 25 years. She has also published on policy-making in the multi-level governance framework of the European Union.
Richard Simeon is one of Canada’s most internationally reputed scholars of Canadian and comparative federalism. In addition to his many publications, he has in recent years worked extensively, under the auspices of different international agencies, to promote understanding of federal systems in several developing countries, including Sudan.
Julie M. Simmons is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. Her research interests centre on federalism, public policy and administration. In particular, her research probes questions of democracy and accountability in federal-provincial relations across a number of policy sectors. She is the co-editor (with L. White and P. Graefe) of Overpromising, Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes (University of Toronto Press 2012). She is also the author of several book chapters and journal articles, including contributions to Canadian Federalism: Performance Effectiveness and Legitimacy (2012 and 2007, eds. Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad), Canada, the State of the Federation series of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University, and publications of the Forum of Federations.
Luc Turgeon is an Assistant Professor at School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are the welfare state, territorial politics and the politics of multi-national states. He has published articles in Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, Globe: Revue international d’études québécoises, Revue française d’administration publique and Revista d’Estudis Autonomics I Federals.
Specializing in comparative public policy and federalism, Prof. Wallner’s research interests include governance and administration, education policy, comparative federal policy-making, policy failure, and legitimacy. Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, the Policy Studies Journal and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. She was also the contributing co-editor of The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science. She recently won the Deil Wright Memorial Award from the American Political Science Association for the best paper presented in the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations section during the 2009 meetings.
Ronald L. Watts has worked for more than fifty years on the comparative study of federal systems and on Canadian federalism, and has written, edited or co-edited 29 books and has written more than one hundred articles and chapters in books. He has received five honorary degrees. He became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979, and was promoted to the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2000.
Marie-Joëlle Zahar is associate professor of Political Science and Research Director of the Francophone Research Network on Peace Operations at the Université de Montréal. Her research interests include conflict resolution, civil wars, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. A graduate of McGill University, she has held research fellowships at Stanford’s Center for International Security and cooperation and the Munk Centre for International Studies (University of Toronto). A former consultant for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and adjunct faculty member at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, she served on the executive committee of the Canadian Consortium on Human Security.