Meet your Director

Professor Susan Spronk, Director of the School of International Development and Global Studies

I studied… (What? Where?)

I studied Political Science at the University of Alberta (BA Hons 1998) and York University (MA 2002, Phd 2007) (in Toronto), and did post-doctoral research in the Department of International and Comparative Labor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.

I began my teaching career (where, when?)

I began my teaching career at the University of Ottawa in 2008.

I am researching or interested in researching…

My research interests include the experience of development in Latin America, more specifically the impact of neoliberalism on the transformation of the state and the rise of anti-privatization movements in the Andean region. I am also interested in alternative development in all of its forms.

The best part about my job

The best part of my job is being able to work with students who always bring new ideas and fresh perspectives, and to be able to collaborate with colleagues around the world. Another great part about being an academic is that we get paid to read!

Why did I accept this position?

I accepted this position because I am dedicated to team-building. It is very exciting to be able to play the role of director of Canada’s largest school of international development.

My greatest passion is . . .

One of my greatest passions is cross country skiing. I feel very lucky to live so close to Gatineau Park. You can often find me there on weekends.

The most important part of my day…

I tend to be an early riser. I like getting work done while it is still quiet and the sun is coming up. I feel sharpest in the morning but it is best to talk to me after I have had a cup of coffee.

My favorite quote…

"The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvellous victory."

--Howard Zinn

My greatest inspiration…

My greatest inspiration is the work that I have done with the Municipal Services Project, an international research collaboration that aims to work with social movements fighting for better access to basic services.

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