Robert Schertzer

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto Scarborough
Cross-appointment, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
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Areas of interest

  • Federalism and intergovernmental relations
  • Institution and ideas
  • Representation
  • Nationalism
  • Politics of diversity
  • Indigenous politics and law
  • Constitutional theory and law
  • Judicial politics
  • Conflict management
  • Canadian politics and public policy
  • Comparative politics


Main Bio

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where I teach undergraduate courses at UTSC and graduate courses at St. George. My area of expertise is Canadian and comparative politics, with a focus on federalism, constitutional law and the politics of nationalism and diversity. I am also the founding co-editor (with my colleague Eric Woods) of the State of Nationalism: an online, open-access portal for review articles on the study of nationalism.

I completed my doctorate at the London School of Economics. While at the LSE, I served as the co-Chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism. I still act as an advisor to this world-leading research group.

Prior to joining the UofT I spent a decade working for the Government of Canada in various capacities, mainly in the areas of social policy and intergovernmental relations. Most recently, I was a Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, where I was a member of the small team that developed a set of fundamental reforms to Canada’s economic immigration system, known as Express Entry.