Our Esteemed Faculty
Currently the Director of the Global Summitry Project and Senior Editor of Oxford’s Global Summitry: Politics, Economics and Law in International Governance, and a Principal of LECG, Inc., an economic, finance and strategic management consulting firm. Dr. Alexandroff has written and spoken on a variety of trade and global economic subjects. In 1994, Dr. Alexandroff was the project consultant on the international economy for the Canada 21 Project. In September, 1994, Dr. Alexandroff and Dr. Sylvia Ostry completed “The Challenge of Global Trade, Investment and Finance for Canada,” one of the four position papers prepared for the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons reviewing Canadian Foreign Policy. He has written recent articles on Canada’s trade policy and China-Mexico trade in NAFTA, and is preparing a piece on the implications of Jackson-Vanik for China’s accession to the WTO. – See more at: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/faculty/mga-faculty.htm#sthash.VAKmhrwi.dpuf
Sarah Beamish is a practising lawyer with a focus on using the law to serve groups that face systemic discrimination, particularly Indigenous people(s) and women. She specializes in civil litigation, human rights law, and non-profit law.
Sarah has extensive experience in the human rights field as an activist, researcher, advocate, and governor, including over 15 years working at the international level. She is currently the elected Chair of the International Board of Amnesty International. As a member of the International Board, she has helped lead the organization’s work on global strategy, contentious human rights policy development, governance reform, and gender and diversity initiatives. Her human rights work has focused particularly on discrimination, Indigenous rights, and corporate accountability.
Sarah holds a Juris Doctor, Master of Global Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She was born and raised on Treaty 6 territory, her ancestors come from western Europe and Aotearoa-New Zealand, and she is a member of the Ngaruahinerangi (Māori) people. She is a sessional lecturer at the Munk School.
Shauna Brail is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga. As an economic geographer and urban planner, her research focuses on the transformation of cities as a result of economic, social, and cultural change.
Brail is a Senior Associate at the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a faculty affiliate at the University of Toronto Transportation Research Institute. She has held the following administrative roles at the University of Toronto: Director, Urban Studies Program; Associate Director, Partnerships & Outreach, School of Cities; and Presidential Advisor on Urban Engagement.
Prior to joining the University, she worked in management consulting and in the Ontario provincial government. She holds a BA in Urban Studies/Geography (UofT), an MA in Urban Planning (UBC), and a PhD in Geography (UofT).
Fields of study: cities, urban economic geography, platform economies, urban innovation, mobility
Teaches: GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy
Dan Breznitz, is a Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Political Science. In addition, he is also Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School and the Director of Academic Research. Professor Breznitz is known worldwide as an expert on rapid-innovation-based industries and their globalization, as well as for his pioneering research on the distributional impact of innovation policies. He has been an advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, TEKES, IFC, Fundación Chile, the United Nations, and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation. In 2001, he was awarded the GTRC 75th Anniversary Innovation Award for Public Service, Leadership, and Policy for this work. In 2008 Breznitz was selected as a Sloan Industry Studies Fellow. Breznitz spent eight years in Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as a professor in the Scheller College of Business, the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Public Policy before moving to Toronto in 2013. In an earlier life he founded and served as a CEO of a small software company.
Professor Breznitz’s first book, Innovation and the State: Political Choice and Strategies for Growth in Israel, Taiwan, and Ireland, won the 2008 Don K. Price for best book on science and technology. His second book (co-authored with Michael Murphree) The Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China, was chosen as the 2012 Susan Strange Best Book in International Studies by the BSIA, and was featured in The Economist and the New York Times. Dan Breznitz’s new book, Third Globalization: Can Wealthy Nations Stay Rich? (co-edited with John Zysman), looks at the challenges and opportunities faced by Western economies in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the rapid changes in the global production system.
Breznitz’s work has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, USCC, Sloan Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, EI2, Connect Innovation Institute, the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advance Studies, the Bi-National Science Foundation, the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Shiri M. Breznitz (Director, MGA), an economic geographer, specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization. Dr. Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology, Intellectual Property, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. Current projects include a study on the economic impact of entrepreneurship education, the impact of gender and work experience on entrepreneurship, the geography of crowdfunding, and a study on the Greater Toronto ecosystems of innovation.
Jack Cunningham has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto and is Program Coordinator at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, in Trinity College and the Munk School. He teaches courses on Canadian defence policy; nuclear weapons in international politics; and war and its theorists.
Teaches: GLA2010H - Geopolitics of Cyberspace
Ron Ron Deibert, (OOnt, PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects.
Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach forPsiphon Inc.
Deibert has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting over 1200 computers in 103 countries, and the Shadows in the Cloud report, which analyzed a cloud-based espionage network. He is a co-editor of three major volumes with MIT Press: Access Denied: The practice and policy of Internet Filtering (2008), Access Controlled: The shaping of power, rights, and rule in cyberspace (2010), and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace (2011). He is the author of Parchment, Printing, and Hypermedia: Communications in World Order Transformation (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997), and the recently published Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace (McClelland & Stewart/Random House, 2013).
He has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of academic journals such as International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics.
Deibert is on the advisory board of Access Now and Privacy International. He is a member of the board of directors of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and is on the Steering Committee of the World Movement for Democracy.
Deibert was awarded the University of Toronto Outstanding Teaching Award (2002), the Northrop Frye Distinguished Teaching and Research Award (2002), and the Carolyn Tuohy Award for Public Policy (2010). He was a Ford Foundation research scholar of Information and communication technologies (2002-2004). He was named among Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest List of 2007, and in 2010, he was listed among SC Magazine’s top “IT Security Luminaries.” In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal, for being “among the first to recognize and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness and security worldwide.”
Teaches: GLA2023H - Justice Reforms in a Global Context-The Global Economy of Anti-Corruption , GLA2068H - Topics in Justice III: Police Violence in Global Affairs , GLA2066H - Topics in Justice I: Crime and Justice in Global Affairs: Solutionology 101 , GLA2000H - Capstone Seminar
Todd Foglesong joined the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto as a Professor of Global Practice in 2014. He teaches courses on the governance of criminal justice and the response to crime and violence in global context. In cooperation with the Open Society Foundations, he is developing a peer-based system of support for government officials that seek to solve persistent problems in criminal justice. Recent papers, speeches, and publications on measuring the rule of law, pretrial detention, the response to violence against women, and the role of surveys in development can be found here.
Between 2007 and 2014, Todd was a senior research fellow and adjunct lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Between 2000 and 2005 Todd worked at the Vera Institute of Justice, creating a center for the reform of criminal justice in Moscow and founding Risk Monitor, a non-governmental research center in Sofia, Bulgaria that supports better public policies on organized crime and institutional corruption. Before that, Todd taught political science at the Universities of Kansas and Utah.
Arturo Franco is a development economist and strategy consultant. His career combines high-level positions in Fortune 500 corporations and global organizations, with public policy and international development experience.
Before joining Mastercard, Arturo was a senior advisor for McKinsey & Company’s global public and social policy practice and executive director of the Planning Council of the State of Nuevo Leon, where he also served as Undersecretary. Over the past years, Arturo has been Global Leadership Fellow for Latin America at the World Economic Forum, economics research fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Arturo holds economics degrees from Monterrey Tec in Mexico and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was also vice chair of the Alumni Board. His essays and books have been published by the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Atlantic Council, and the Policy Network.
Diana Fu is associate professor of political science at The University of Toronto and director of the East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She is a non-resident fellow at Brookings and a public intellectuals fellow at the National Committee on US-China Relations. She is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
Her research examines popular contention, state control, civil society, and authoritarian citizenship, with a focus on contemporary China. She is author of the award-winning book “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” (2018, Cambridge University Press and Columbia Weatherhead Series). Based on political ethnography inside labor organizations, it uncovers how China’s migrant workers organized for rights without protesting en masse. It received best book awards from American Political Science Association Association, the American Sociological Association, and the International Studies Association. Her articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies (co-winner of the 2017 best article in CPS), Governance (winner of the 2019 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Article Award), Modern China, Perspectives on Politics, and The China Journal.
Dr. Fu’s research and commentary on Chinese politics have appeared in BBC World Service, Bloomberg TV, CBC, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Reuters, US News & World Report, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Globe & Mail, and The New York Times, among others. She was a television host and scriptwriter for the TVO documentary series, “China Here and Now.”
She holds a D.Phil. in Politics and an M.Phil. in Development Studies with distinction from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently serving as National Co-secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship for China. She previously held fellowships at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She enjoys Latin dance and creative writing.
Rafael Gomez is associate professor of employment relations at the University of Toronto. He has served as the Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources from 2015-2020, and will be returning as Director July 1, 2021. He received a BA in economics and political science from Glendon College (York University) and an MA in economics and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Toronto. His previous appointments include the London School of Economics as a senior lecturer in management and industrial relations. He has been invited to conduct research and lecture at universities around the world, including Madrid, Moscow, Munich, Beijing and Zurich. In 2005 he was awarded the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award for exceptional contributions to international and comparative labour and employment research. In 2013-14 his book The Little Black Book for Managers was a UK business book business bestseller and in 2015 his book Small Business and the City was published by U of T/Rotman press. His current research examines the role of unions and other labour market institutions in the provision of employee voice and what this means for workers and broader democratic engagement.
Teaches: GLA2063H - Topics in Security I: Pathways into Global Security , GLA2067H - Topics in Justice II: Illicit Trade in Drugs , GLA2064H - Topics in Security II: Researching Terrorism , GLA2000H - Capstone Seminar
Benoît Gomis is a Sessional Lecturer at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy where he teaches MGA courses on ‘Researching terrorism’, ‘Illicit trade in drugs’, ‘Pathways into Global Security’, and a Capstone seminar on global security. Benoît’s research focuses on illicit trade and terrorism. In an independent capacity, he works with a number of organizations including governments, think tanks, NGOs, companies, and universities. He is a Research Consultant at the University of Bath, where he focuses on the illicit tobacco trade and the tobacco industry, and the Managing Editor of Stability, an international journal on security and development. Benoît is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, and a frequent contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review and World Politics Review. He has authored over 100 papers, reports, and briefings, and one book (Counterterrorism: Reassessing the Policy Response, CRC Press 2015). He previously worked at Simon Fraser University, Chatham House, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and the French Ministry of Defence. He was educated at Sciences Po in Aix-en-Provence, Loyola University Chicago, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Teaches: GLA2000H - Capstone Seminar
Evelyne Guindon has over 25 years of experience working with international non-governmental organizations on a wide range of issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, nutrition, natural resource management, and health, as well as humanitarian responses. She has held leadership roles in several organizations, including Vice President of International Programs at CARE Canada, CEO of Cuso International, and Managing Director of Women Deliver Canada, bringing the largest conference on gender equality to Vancouver in 2019. Evelyne has helped organizations navigate through significant change and is a steadfast champion of the potential that cross-sectoral partnerships and collaboration hold in addressing the underlying causes of poverty and inequality. In recent years, she has dedicated her efforts to building and executing strategic global evidence-based advocacy efforts that mobilize significant investments to fulfill ambitious missions and goals. A graduate of Carleton University, Evelyne is also the Chair of Informed Opinions, a national non-profit organization.
Stephan Heblich is an Associate Professor and Munk Chair of Economics at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Economics. In his research, he looks at spatial disparities in the distribution of consumptive or productive amenities that attract individuals or firms. In turn, this helps me explain spatial variation in house prices, the share of high-skilled workers, innovative activities and entrepreneurship, or economic development. Another stream of research focuses on the causes and consequences of regional disparities in voting behavior. To establish causality, he often studies historic developments that explain present-day economic outcomes. This explains his interest in economic history. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and the Journal of Economic Geography and his research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of the European Economic Association and the leading field journals in Urban Economics.
Rajshri Jayaraman is an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research
in development and labor economics examines the role of incentives and social preferences on the decisions and performance of students, workers, and consumers. Her recent empirical work has examined the effect of incentive pay on worker productivity; school feeding programs on student outcomes; defaults on charitable donations; and immigration on employment. In collaboration with theorists, she has also worked on the identification of peer effects in social interaction models. Her research has been published in leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics.
Andres Kasekamp is Chair of Estonian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs, affiliated faculty at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Before returning to U of T, Andres Kasekamp was Professor of Baltic Politics at the University of Tartu in Estonia and Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute. He has also been a visiting professor at Humboldt University Berlin and a visiting researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. His first book was The Radical Right in Interwar Estonia (Palgrave 2000). His second book, A History of the Baltic States (Palgrave 2010), has been translated into nine languages. His research interests include populist radical right parties, memory politics, European foreign and security policy, and cooperation and conflict in the Baltic Sea region. He has served as the editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies, and is currently the President-Elect of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. Prof. Kasekamp has appeared as an expert in the foreign affairs committee of the parliaments of Canada, Estonia, Finland and the European Union, as well as the Baltic Assembly.
Rie Kijima is an assistant professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. Her research addresses topics such as international assessments, education reforms, gender and STEAM learning. Previously, she was a Lecturer and Interim Director in the International Comparative Education/International Education Policy Analysis Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University and her B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. She has previously worked at the World Bank as an education consultant specializing in monitoring and evaluation and traveled frequently to Morocco, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Laos. She has been affiliated with the Stanford Program in International and Cross-Cultural Education, Keio Graduate School of Media Design, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Silicon Valley Japan Platform, and the United States Japan Council. She is the Scott M. Johnson Fellow of the United States Japan Leadership Program. In 2016, she co-founded SKY Labo, an education non-profit organization to promote inquiry-based approaches to STEAM learning. She co-authored a book on Design Thinking and STEAM Education which was published by Asahi Shinbun Press in January 2019. She was featured as one of 100 women entrepreneurs around the world by Forbes Japan in March 2019.
Teresa Kramarz is the Director of Munk One, a program for first year undergraduate students at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Master of Global Affairs. An expert on international organizations and global governance, with emphasis on global environmental politics, her work has examined the impact of the World Bank’s public-private partnerships on democracy, innovation, and financially sustainable conservation governance, the legitimacy of the World Bank as a global knowledge actor, and the local/global relationship in the provision of global public goods. She has current and upcoming publications with Review of Policy Research, Global Environmental Politics, Springer, Oxford University Press, and the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. Dr. Kramarz has extensive experience in her field having worked for almost ten years with the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the Canadian International Development Agency on sustainable development programs, institutional analysis and capacity building for the biodiversity, climate change and decertification conventions.
Ron Levi is Director of Global Strategies, Munk School of Global Affairs. He has previously served as Director of the Master of Global Affairs program and the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and as Graduate Coordinator at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Levi was a Fellow and Scholar in the Successful Societies program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research for seven years, and recently completed his mandate as Canada’s Priority Leader for Justice, Policing & Security with the Metropolis Project.
Ron is also the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto, where he is Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology and is cross-appointed to the Departments of Political Science and Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.
Phillip Y. Lipscy is associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He is also Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and the Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Japan at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. His research addresses substantive topics such as international cooperation, international organizations, the politics of energy and climate change, international relations of East Asia, and the politics of financial crises. He has also published extensively on Japanese politics and foreign policy. Lipscy’s book from Cambridge University Press, Renegotiating the World Order: Institutional Change in International Relations, examines how countries seek greater international influence by reforming or creating international organizations.
Before arriving at the U of T, Lipscy was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University. Lipscy obtained his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. He received his M.A. in international policy studies and B.A. in economics and political science at Stanford University. He has been affiliated with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, the Institute for Global and International Studies at George Washington University, the RAND Corporation, and the Institute for International Policy Studies.
Professor Liu’s research interests include the sociology of law, organizations and professions, social theory, criminal justice, and globalization. He has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, and the career mobility of law practitioners. His current project examines the influence of colonialism and authoritarianism on the professions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to his empirical work, Professor Liu also writes on theories of law, professions, and social spaces following the tradition of Georg Simmel and the Chicago School of sociology.
Professor Liu is the author of three books in Chinese and English, most recently, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work (with Terence C. Halliday, Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also published many articles in leading law and social science journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Canadian Review of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, China Quarterly, etc. Professor Liu is a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, as well as an affiliated scholar of the U.S.-Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law and the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. In 2016-2017, he was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Peter Loewen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. He is also the Associate Director, Global Engagement at the Munk School, Director of PEARL, a Research Lead at the Schwartz Reisman Institute, a Senior Fellow at Massey College, and a Fellow with the Public Policy Forum. For 2020-2021, he is a Distinguished Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Tel Aviv University.
He received his BA from Mount Allison University (2002) and his PhD from l’Université de Montréal (2008). He held postdocs at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at San Diego. Since coming to Toronto in 2010, he has held visiting positions at the Melbourne School of Government at the University of Melbourne, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
From 2016 to 2018, he was the Director of the School of Public Policy & Governance, which he led into a merger with the Munk School of Global Affairs to create the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.
His work has been published in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Transactions of the Royal Society B, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and other journals. He has edited four books. He often contributes to the popular press. His CV is available here.
Peter’s main research site is PEARL (Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab) at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy. This group is interested in four big questions: How do individuals make decisions about politics? How do politicians make policy and represent citizens? How is technology changing governance and politics? How is COVID-19 shaping political behaviour and citizen behaviour more broadly?
To answer these, they organize their research into four broad groups: Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion; Political Elites and Representation; Artificial Intelligence, Governance, and Democracy; and COVID-19 special research.
PEARL’s research is principally empirical, combining various forms of survey data with experiments (including field, lab, and survey experiments). They also use text-as-data, administrative records, and social media data.
PEARL lab research projects often involve partnerships. Current and past projects and partnerships include MEO, the Digital Democracy Project, the Canadian Election Study and Consortium on Electoral Democracy, Public Policy Forum, Clean Prosperity, the Commission on Leaders Debates, The Samara Centre for Democracy, the Privy Council Office of Canada, the Ministry for the Status of Women, and the Digital Public Square. Their website is here.
Mark S. Manger (PhD UBC) is an Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs specializing in Political Economy. His prior appointments were Lecturer for International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill, and Advanced Research Fellow in the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Professor Manger is the author of Investing in Protection: The Politics of Preferential Trade Agreements between North and South (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and of articles published or forthcoming in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Political Economy, and World Development. His research focuses on North-South economic relations and the Asia Pacific region.
Branka Marijan is a Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares. At Ploughshares, Branka leads the research on the military and security implications of emerging technologies. Her work examines concerns regarding the development of autonomous weapons systems and the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on security provision and trends in warfare. Her research interests include trends in warfare, civilian protection, use of drones, and civil-military relations. She holds a PhD from the Balsillie School of International Affairs with a specialization in conflict and security. She has conducted research on post-conflict societies and published academic articles and reports on the impacts of conflict on civilians and diverse issues of security governance, including security sector reform. Branka closely follows United Nations disarmament efforts and attends international and national consultations and conferences. Branka is a board member of the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada (PACS-Can).
Anita McGahan is a University Professor at the University of Toronto, and is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and a Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management, where she holds the George E. Connell Chair in Organizations & Society. Her research is focused on private entrepreneurship in the public interest. She has written on industry change, sustainable competitive advantage and the establishment of new fields. An area of particular interest is global health and the diffusion of knowledge across international boundaries.
Teaches: GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy
After receiving his PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, Scott McKnight became a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His research focuses on the comparative political economy of oil, in particular on relations between national oil companies and their home-states. For his doctoral dissertation, which was supervised by Dan Breznitz, he conducted fieldwork in Brazil, China, Ecuador and Mexico.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management (BPAPM) at Carleton University in Ottawa, he completed a Master’s in International Relations (in Chinese) at Renmin University of China (Beijing), where he also spent two years as a lecturer. He is fluent in five languages. He is also the founder and contributor to oilandpolitics.com, a website providing analysis on various current and historical issues on the political economy of oil.
Teaches: GLA2027H - Ethics and Global Affairs , GLA2080H - Topics in Innovation I: The Ethics of Innovation: Ideas, Interests, Institutions , GLA2021H - Innovation Scorecards: The Art and Science of Measuring Innovation and Influencing Public Debate
Dr. Daniel Munro is Director of Policy Projects at the Innovation Policy Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. He is on sabbatical from The Conference Board of Canada where he is Associate Director of Public Policy. His research interests include innovation policy, skills and education policy, distributive justice, and applied ethics, including the ethics of innovation, and new and emerging technologies.
Dr. Munro joined the Conference Board in 2008 and has played key roles in the Board’s Science, Technology and Innovation Policy group, Centre for Business Innovation, and Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. Previously, he was Senior Analyst at the Council of Canadian Academies—the Government of Canada’s arms-length science assessment organization—where he provided research support for expert panels examining the health and environmental effects of nanomaterials, influenza transmission and protective devices, and business education. In 2006-07, he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the Democracy and Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy at Queen’s University. Dr. Munro has taught politics and philosophy at the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto at Mississauga, and Huron University College (Western University) where he won the Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2006. His academic research has been published in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Contemporary Political Theory, Ethics and Politics Review, and the Journal of International Migration and Integration.
Dr. Munro often writes and speaks publicly about ethics, technology, innovation and education. He co-hosts The Ethics Lab—a weekly radio segment on Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310News—and he writes a weekly Ethics Lab column for MacLean’s Magazine. He has published commentaries in The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun and other print media, and has appeared on many radio and television programs, including CBC Radio’s The 180, Ottawa Morning, CTV Morning Live and many local radio programs across the country.
Dan holds degrees in political science from the University of Toronto (B.A.), Western University (M.A.), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D.).
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Lynette H. Ong is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, jointly appointed at the Asian Institute and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Her research interests are authoritarian politics, contentious politics and the political economy of development. She is an expert of China and Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia.
Her current research addresses China’s state repression, social control, and citizens’ resistance. She writes about Chinese state’s outsourcing of repression using “thugs-for-hire” and engaging with brokers to bargain with disgruntled citizens. Using survey data, she explores the question why citizens in authoritarian countries, such as China, participate in protests. She also writes how regime types affect land politics in China and India. Her publication on state control and resistance has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies, Foreign Affairs, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary Asia and Journal of Contemporary China.
Her earlier work examines the political economy of development in China, particularly local government’s use of bank resources to finance government expenditures and the implications for developmental state model. Her work published in the mid-2000s highlighted the perils of mounting local government debts in China. She is the author of Prosper or Perish: Credit and Fiscal Systems in Rural China (Cornell University Press, 2012). Her work in this area has appeared in Comparative Politics, International Political Science Review, China Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Studies, among others.
She contributes her opinions regularly to popular audience. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, South China Morning Post, Ottawa Citizen, East Asia Forum, New Mandala, among others. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Economist. She has been invited to give testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on “China’s Banking System and Access to Credit”.
She was awarded An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship by Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies in 2008-09. Her research has been funded by Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Connaught, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, and the Association of Asian Studies.
Political Economy of Development
China and Southeast Asia
Teaches: GLA2015H - The Political Economy of the Welfare State , GLA2012H - The Political Economy of Trade , GLA2018H - Innovation and the City , GLA2015H - Economic Competitiveness and Social Protection , GLA1011H - Global Innovation Policy
Darius Ornston (on sabbatical 2020-2021) is an Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where he specializes in the political economy of Western Europe.
Dr. Ornston’s first book, When Small States Make Big Leaps (Cornell University Press), examines how Denmark, Finland and Ireland leveraged private-public, industry-labour and inter-firm cooperation to assume surprisingly competitive positions in emerging, high-technology markets. His research on Nordic Europe and the politics of high-technology competition has also been published by Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Review of Policy Research, West European Politics, the World Bank and the OECD.
Dr. Ornston is currently drafting a second book manuscript, Good Governance Gone Bad, which explains how the same cohesive social networks that underpin successful economic adjustment in Nordic Europe can also lead to policy overshooting and economic crises. His current research interests also include the design of “Schumpeterian” developmental agencies, the politics of radical institutional change, the evolution of the state in advanced, industrialized economies, and the political economy of cities.
Before joining the Munk School of Global Affairs, Dr. Ornston worked as an assistant professor at the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009.
Wilson Prichard is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the School of Global Affairs and holds a PhD and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, and a BA from Harvard University. His broad research focus is in international development, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and he has an interdisciplinary background in comparative politics, international political economy and economics. His current research explores the political foundations of developmental states, with a focus on the differential implications of taxation, resource wealth, and foreign aid for development outcomes, particularly in post-conflict settings. He is currently completing a book on taxation and state building in sub-Saharan Africa; other publications have appeared as several working papers and chapters in edited volumes. He works closely with international civil society organizations, regional organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, and international agencies and institutions, including the OECD, the UN, and various aid agencies. – See more at: https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/mga/faculty/mga-faculty.htm#sthash.EpVwMKh4.dpuf
John Robinson joined the Munk School on Jan 1, 2016, as a Full Professor, with a cross-appointment in the School of the Environment. Professor Robinson has a global reputation in the areas of urban sustainability, building sustainability, community engagement processes, and university sustainability programming. From 1992-2015 he was Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Department of Geography at The University of British Columbia (UBC). From 2012-15, he was Associate Provost, Sustainability, at UBC. He is currently an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School, where he is leading the sustainability component of their campus redevelopment process.
Prof. Robinson’s own research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.
In 2012 Dr. Robinson received the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Architecture Advocacy Award and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic magazine. In 2011, he received the Canada Green Building Council Education Leadership Award, and in 2010 he was given BC Hydro’s Larry Bell Award for advancing energy conservation in British Columbia. He was a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation from 2008-11, and, as a Lead Author, he contributed to the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.
At the Munk School, Prof. Robinson is a member of the Environmental Governance Lab and teaches in the MGA program.
Irem Sacakli is an applied economist. Her research interests include gender wage inequalities in the public and private sectors, economic growth, sustainability, financial crises and financial econometrics, with a focus on developed and developing countries. She has published many articles in multiple disciplines and she is also a member of scientific and business associations including Econometric Society.
Irem Sacakli received a Ph.D. from Marmara University in Istanbul. In addition to teaching and researching at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences for 15 years, she contributed to the development studies by taking part in administrative positions within the Erasmus Unit and the Strategy Development Commissions. She has held a previous visiting professor appointment at University of Guelph. Earlier in her career, Irem was a research fellow in Fachhochschule Münster University of Applied Sciences in Germany.
Besides her academic studies, Irem Sacakli is also a Co-Founder/CEO of a leading award winning small business company in the hospitality sector, and the consultant of an international company expertised in international trade
Paola Salardi is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict, and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy where she works on the long-term development legacy of violent conflict. She completed a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex in January 2013, focusing on the analysis of labor market discrimination by gender and race in Brazil. She is also a Research Consultant at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and she has previously worked at the Inter-American Development Bank. Paola has published work in the World Bank Economic Review and the Review of Income and Wealth, while she has been involved in several projects for the World Bank and the UN. She is currently working on a number of additional research projects focused on the changing role of women in post-conflict countries, the short and long-term consequences of conflict on human capital accumulation, the role of institutions in shaping the presence of violence, and the impact of natural resource wealth on governance outcomes.
Teaches: GLA1003H - Global Security
Timothy Andrews Sayle is Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Relations Program. He is the author of Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order (Cornell, 2019). He has co-edited two volumes: with Jeffrey A. Engel, Hal Brands, and William Inboden The Last Card: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq (Cornell, 2019); and with Susan Colbourn, The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age (University of British Columbia Press, 2020). His research on NATO, Canadian-American relations, and intelligence issues has been published in Canadian Military History, Cold War History, Intelligence & National Security, International Journal, International History Review, Historical Journal, International Politics, The Journal of Strategic Studies, and in several edited books.
Professor Sayle is a Senior Fellow of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States, and an associate of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of Trinity College and alumnus of Massey College.
Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toronto have worked with Professor Sayle to build Canada Declassified, a web repository of recently declassified archival records. This project has been supported by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and a Connaught New Research Award. Professor Sayle is a project leader of the Canadian Foreign Intelligence History Project.
Ayelet Shachar is Professor of Law and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism. She has published extensively on citizenship theory, immigration law, highly skilled migration and global inequality, multiculturalism and women’s rights, law and religion in comparative perspective, and transnational legal process. Professor Shachar is the author of Multicultural Jurisdictions: Cultural Differences and Women’s Rights (Cambridge, 2001), for which she won the APSA Best First Book Award. This work has proved influential, intervening in actual public policy and legislative debates. It was cited, most recently, by England’s Archbishop of Canterbury and the Supreme Court of Canada (Bruker v. Marcovitz). Her new book, The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality (Harvard, 2009) has been selected as a 2010 Notable Book by the International Studies Association, International Ethics Section. She has been awarded scholarly distinctions and research fellowships in Canada and abroad. Most recently, she served as the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School, and the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.
Janice Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars of political psychology and international politics. Professor Stein has also looked beyond international behaviour to examine concepts that govern policy-making locally and globally. Her most recent publications include The Cult of Efficiency (2001), the best-selling book that examined the concepts of efficiency underpinning the design and evaluation of public goods and services, and The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (2007), which won the prestigious 2008 Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing, and examines and critiques Canada’s decisions to commit its forces in Afghanistan.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, Professor Stein was also the 2001 Massey Lecturer and a Trudeau Fellow. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She is an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws by the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, and McMaster University.
Sir Graham Watson
Sir Graham Watson is a European political leader from Scotland in the United Kingdom.
Elected as the first UK Liberal ever to the European Parliament in 1994, he served as Chairman
of the Parliament’s Committee on Citizens Rights and Freedoms, Justice and Home Affairs from
1999 to 2002 before being elected as Leader of Parliament’s Liberal Democratic Group. He was
Parliament’s Liberal Democrat Leader from 2002-09. He remained in Parliament until 2014.
In 2010 his tenth book, Building a Liberal Europe, was published by John Harper Publishing.
Sir Graham served as ALDE Party President from 2011 to 2015. During his twenty years in the
European Parliament he co-founded and chaired The Climate Parliament, a global network of
legislators committed to accelerating the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
He is currently Distinguished Visiting Fellow 2020-22 at the University of Toronto’s Munk School
of Global Affairs.
Dr. Yu has been teaching statistics courses at the University of Toronto since 1987. He has taught courses in Data Analysis and Introduction to Econometrics (previously called Quantitative Methods in Economics), mathematical statistics, and regression analysis. He has worked as a statistician for Scotiabank and the Royal Bank of Canada for 30 years. He has developed predictive models for bank campaigns and retail products such as Visa cards, mortgages, personal and commercial loans etc. He was the statistician for the Basel project at RBC for five years. He has extensive experience in statistical consulting in the banking environment.