MA student in Public Administration Hayden Rasberry’s paper has been selected as the winner in a National Student Paper Competition!

His paper entitled “Evidence Over Stereotypes: Using Data to Address Indigenous Healthcare Inequalities” was selected as one of the 5 finalists of the 8th National Student Paper Competition organized by the Canada School of Public Service.

On October 26, 2021, he presented his paper to a panel of Deputy Ministers who determined that his presentation was outstanding and deserved to win the competition!

Hayden is an MA student in Public Administration since September 2020. He was previously awarded the admission scholarship, the excellence scholarship, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

Congratulations, Hayden! The School of Political Studies is proud of your achievement!

MA student Keelan Buck wins national essay competition

We are pleased to share that Keelan Buck, MA student in public administration at the School of Political Studies, has won the 2021 Charles B. Koester Student Essay Competition hosted by the Canadian Study of Parliament Group (CSGP).

Keelan wrote his winning essay on the Canadian House of Commons in comparative perspective as an undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa.

Congratulations to our graduate valedictorian, Lauren Touchant!

My name is Lauren Touchant. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa within the Centre on Governance (COG) and the Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (CELGS). This postdoc follows the completion of my PhD in Public Administration at the University of Ottawa. In 2016, I was honoured to receive the Vanier scholarship and today I can pursue my research interests through the Alex Trebek Postdoctoral Fellowship for Water Law and Governance, co-led by the Centre for Public Law, COG and CELGS. In addition to spending most of the last few years in school, I have also been very involved in my community for the last fifteen years. I have been the President of the Vanier Community Association since 2017 and I am apart of the board of directors of several non-profits, including the national chapter of Fair Representation and the Coalition of Community Associations for Sustainable Development. Being in a leadership position, I ensure daily that I mobilize my knowledge, skills, and competencies to address current challenges in my community, which leads me to be involved in community-based research initiatives that aim to develop policy and other solutions to address complex issues such as family

Congratulations to our graduate students who were awarded scholarships!

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)

Keelan Buck | M.A. Public Administration

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Keelan will be specializing in public management, with specific interests in the political-administrative interface, processes of bureaucratic politicization, and the behaviour and motivations of public-sector employees in the face of contemporary challenges like social media activity, transparency, and employee-employer relations.





Sabrina Beauchesne | M.A. Public Administration

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Sabrina’s major research paper will focus on the management of freshwater resources in Canada. Her research question will focus on the gaps in freshwater management in Canada and how provincial governments can address some of these gaps. Her major research paper is supervised by professor Louis Simard.





Hayden Rasberry | M.A. Public Administration

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Hayden is a candidate for the Master of Public Administration with a specialization in public policy. His research interests are in the area of voluntary tax compliance and the role of social norms in public policy design. For his Major Research Paper, he is investigating how norm-based tax compliance interventions can be applied to a Canadian context. He is also interested in the way paid consultants influence the formation of public policy. He is supervised by professor David Brown.



Michael Wigginton | Ph.D. Political Science

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Michael’s research focuses on political parties and elections, with a particular interest in representation. He has published 8 peer-reviewed articles on these and other topics, in journals including Electoral Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, and the British Journal of Canadian Studies. His doctoral dissertation examines women’s representation in the Canadian House of Commons, with a particular emphasis on the role of party nomination contests. He is supervised by professor Daniel Stockemer.


Marcus Charlesworth | Ph.D. Political Science

Marcus’s research topic is Martin Heidegger and Nationalism as an articulation of the phenomenological experience of being (and a critique thereof). His thesis is supervised by professor Robert Sparling.

Canada Graduate Scholarships Master's Program - SSRHC

Dominic Belisle | M.A. Public Administration

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As part of his master's degree, Dominic wishes to continue his studies on the memorial and museum policies of the Canadian state and Canadian provinces as it relates to the Holocaust. He wishes to focus more particularly on the interventions of state institutions in this field. In this specific area, he developed a keen interest in museum policies of Holocaust memorial policies. For this reason, he believes it is important to find the reasons why the Canadian government has been silent and poorly interested in providing memorial sites such as museums in major Canadian centres. His major research paper will be supervised by professor Jonathan Paquette.


Simran Hardeep Singh | M.A. Political Science

Simran is a master's student in political science under the supervision of professor Frédéric Vairel. Her thesis focuses on feminist activists and the family transmission of feminism in Morocco. She is particularly interested in negotiations and the transformation of gender relations in the private sphere of activists.


Elspeth Burris | M.A. Political Science

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Elspeth is interested in the issues of racial and gender inequality, the intersection of those and other forms of oppression, and the institutional and social structures that reinforce them. Her major research paper will examine the role of women and LGBTQ+ people within the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, arguing that, despite progress, women and other gender and sexual minorities still face marginalization within social movements. She is supervised by professor Emily Regan Wills.



Carlos Zapata Alvarez | M.A. Political Science

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Carlos’s research interests include Colombia’s armed conflict, dynamics of organized armed groups on Colombia’s Pacific coast, as well as informal economies, forced displacement, and rural and urban violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also interested in legacies of authoritarianism in Spain and South America’s Southern Cone. For his master’s thesis, Carlos is researching on mechanisms of survival of informal workers in Cali, Colombia, during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. He is supervised by professor Marie-Christine Doran.

Katelyn O’Neill | M.A. Political Science

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Katelyn’s research interests include Canada’s foreign aid objectives; specifically, how the government pursues global development goals through the Feminist International Assistance Policy. She hopes to further explore this approach’s successes and opportunities for improvement.





Gabriella Rabaa | M.A. Political Science


Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral Program - SSHRC

Sylvain Bérubé | Ph.D. Political Science

His research interest focus on minority rights and contemporary political theory. In his most recent work he is interested in neorepublicanism. His thesis is supervised by professor Jean-Pierre Couture.

Olivia Kamgain | Ph.D. Political Science

Olivia's research interests are in democratic theory, political representation, and feminist theory. Her doctoral research focuses on LGBTQ political inclusion in Canada. Her work is supervised by Patti Lenard, professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Gabrielle Lafortune | Ph.D. Political Science

Gabrielle's research focuses on LGBT rights discourse in South Korea. Some authors claim the spread of rights discourse is part of neocolonialism, while others focus on the ability of people in diverse locations to use rights discourse to their advantage. Little research on the topic has been conducted in Northeast Asia, and she is seeking to identify how the South Korean case can contribute to this discussion.

Public launch : Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies

Event information


Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Martine Lagacé, Associate Vice-President, Research, uOttawa
  • Dr. Norbert Eschborn, Director, KAS Canada
  • Her Excellency Sabine Sparwasser, German Ambassador to Canada
  • Moderated by:  Annika Weikinnis, Project Manager, KAS Canada



  • Dr. Daniel Stockemer, Full Professor, University of Ottawa


Inspired by the desire to deepen bilateral relations between Canada and Germany, and the will to seek solutions to societal issues, the University of Ottawa and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) have partnered to promote social science research. On May 1, 2021, this partnership established the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Named after the “Father of modern Germany,” the chair will be held by Dr. Daniel Stockemer, a professor at the School of Political Studies and a former KAS scholar. It will examine some of the key challenges faced by representative democracies, including the effects of migration on political attitudes and the populist tide that has swept the world.

This launch event will showcase the first results of the chair’s work: a survey conducted in December 2020 on anti-immigration attitudes in Germany, Canada, and the USA. While all three countries place specific emphasis on skilled migration, they differ in every other respect, including their overall philosophy of citizenship. This raises the question of whether the root causes of anti-immigration sentiment are different or identical in the three countries. The event will conclude with a Q&A session.



  • Attendance is free. Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM link.


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