Linda White

Professor of Political Science and Public Policy




Department of Political Science, Room 3061, 100 St. George Street



Linda White is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and is an affiliate of the Centre for the Study of the United States. Her areas of research include comparative welfare states, comparative social and family policy, particularly education, early childhood education and care, and maternity and parental leave; gender and public policy; ideas, norms, and public policy development; and federalism, law and public policy. She has published extensively on comparative social policy in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Journal of European Public Policy, Publius, and Social Politics. She is the author of Constructing Policy Change: Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States (UTP, 2017), among other co-authored and co-edited books. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC Insight Grant on school choice and education policy.Professor White obtained her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Victoria, her M.A. from Queen’s University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Research interests

Comparative social and family policy, particularly early childhood education and care and maternity/parental leave gender and public policy
Comparative welfare states
Ideas, norms, and public policy development
Federalism, law and public policy


Ph. D – University of Toronto (1998)
M.A. – Queen’s University (1991)
B.A – University of Victoria (1989)

Awards and distinctions

Fulbright Faculty Award for research in the United States, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Washington, D. C., January-August 2004
Postdoctural Fellowship, Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 1997-July 1998

selected publications

2014 “Federalism and Equality Rights Implementation in Canada.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44, 1: 157-182.

2014 “Understanding Canada’s Lack of Progress in Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Intergovernmental Dynamics of Children’s Policy Making in Canada.” International Journal of Children’s Rights 22: 164-188.

2012 “Must We All Be Paradigmatic? Social Investment Policies and Liberal Welfare States.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 3: 657-683.

2012 (with Martha Friendly). “Public Funding, Private Delivery: States, Markets, and Early Childhood Education and Care in Liberal Welfare States—Australia, the UK, Quebec, and New Zealand.”  Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice 14, 4: 292-310.

2011. “The Internationalization of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Issues: Framing Gender Justice and Child Well-being.” Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration and Institutions 24, 2: 285-309.


The Policy Process
Comparative Public Policy (Ph. D. Course)
Politics and Policy Analysis
Governance and Institutions


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