Faculty Directory

Employed by the University of Waterloo (UW) or Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier), BSIA faculty teach courses and seminars across BSIA’s three academic programs, supervise student work and contribute to various BSIA learning events and activities.

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Derek Armitage

Associate Professor
Researching environmental change and multi-level governance systems, Dr. Armitage specializes in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Alison Blay-Palmer

CIGI Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, Associate Professor
Dr. Blay-Palmer is the founding Director for the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Director of the Viessmann European Research Centre and an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University.

James Blight | janet Lang

Dr. Blight is an expert in oral history and helped to make The Fog of War. Dr. Lang is an expert on international security and conflict prevention.

Gerard Boychuk

Author of National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada, Dr. Boychuk specializes in social governance and comparative social policy.

Sarah Burch

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
Dr. Burch, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo is researching community sustainability transitions, climate change policy, participatory governance, and small business innovation.

Jennifer Clapp

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability
As Professor of Environment and Resource Studies, Dr. Clapp in an expert on the global economy, international food politics, and the environment.

William D. Coleman

Specializing in global public policy and global health governance, Dr. Coleman is co-principal investigator for a CIHR funded project focusing on risk for HIV/AIDS among recent immigrants to Canada.

Andrew F. Cooper

An expert on foreign policy and diplomacy, Dr. Cooper's recent work has focused on emerging powers, G8 reform, Latin America and celebrity diplomacy.

A. Neil Craik

Associate Professor, Director School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED)
A specialist in Canadian and international environmental law, Dr. Craik's current research explores governance in global commons environmental issues.

Jonathan Crush

CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development, Professor
An expert on human security, Dr. Crush is a major contributor to global debates on the need for development-friendly governance of migrant movements.

Simon Dalby

Associate Director of the PhD Program in Global Governance, CIGI Chair in the Political Economy of Climate Change, Professor
Dr. Dalby is an author and researcher of climate change, political ecology, geopolitics, global security, militarization and the spatial dimensions of governance.

Michel Desjardins

Specializing in comparative religions, Dr. Desjardins has spent his career exploring ways that humans are religious and how religion is studied.

Timothy Donais

Associate Professor
Dr. Donais teaches peace and conflict studies and has an ongoing interest in questions of security sector reform and post-conflict peacebuilding.

Heather Douglas

Waterloo Chair of Science and Society, Professor
A specialist in science and society, Dr. Douglas current work focuses on the role of values in science and the nature of scientific integrity.

Alistair Edgar

Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance; Executive Director, ACUNS; Associate Professor
Dr. Edgar is currently serving as Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS).

Paul Freston

CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context, Professor
Specializing in religion and politics, Dr. Freston has a special interest in creating opportunities for scholars from the Global South.

Patricia Goff

Chair, Department of Political Science and North American Studies Program and Associate Professor
Dr. Goff specializes in international political economy with a particular interest in trade, intellectual property and cultural capacity.

Daniel Gorman

Director of the PhD Program in Global Governance, Professor
An international relations and governance expert, Dr. Gorman currently researches the role of ideas as agents of global change in the 20th century.

Karen Grépin

Dr. Grépin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the School of International Policy and Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Jasmin Habib

Associate Professor
Dr. Habib specializes in transnational relations to Israel and Palestine. Her latest research focuses on Israeli émigrés living in the US and Canada.

Derek Hall

Associate Professor
A political economy expert, Dr. Hall researches property in Asia, environmental certification in global aquaculture, and food governance in Japan.

Eric Helleiner

Specializing in global finance, governance and political economy, Dr. Helleiner is a renowned expert on international monetary and financial issues.

Jenna L. Hennebry

Associate Professor
Associate Professor at BSIA, Dr. Hennebry's research focuses on international migration and mobility, with a specialization in labour migration in Canada and Spain.

Thomas Homer-Dixon

CIGI Chair of Global Systems, Professor
A renowned global security expert, Dr. Homer-Dixon's research examines how societies adapt to economic, ecological, and technological change.

Sue Horton

CIGI Chair in Global Health Economics
Dr. Horton has extensive experience in developing countries and has consulted for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and several UN agencies.

JingJing Huo

Assistant Professor
An Assistant Professor at the BSIA, Dr. Huo's primary research interest is in the political economy of institutions and incentives.

Suzan Ilcan

Director of the MA in Global Governance Program, and Professor
Research: Dr. Suzan Ilcan examines humanitarian aid, refugee management, and citizenship and refugee rights in Namibia, Uganda, and, more recently, in Turkey.

Ken Jackson

Assistant Professor
Specializing in development economics, Dr. Jackson's research focuses on the interaction between economic development, diversity and social norms.

Veronica Kitchen

Associate Professor
Dr. Kitchen researches international security. Her current research focuses on inter-agency and cross-border co-operation in counter-terrorism.

Jerzy (Jurek) Konieczny

Dr. Jurek Konieczny specializes in macroeconomics and monetary economics, with particular focus on infrequent price adjustment at the level of individual firms and its macroeconomic effects.

P. Whitney Lackenbauer

Associate Professor
Dr. Lackenbauer specializes in circumpolar Arctic affairs, the history of Canadian defence and foreign policy, and indigenous-state relations.

Jean-Paul Lam

Assistant Professor
Dr. Lam focuses on optimal monetary policy, the design of monetary regimes under uncertainty, and the link between mortality and business cycles.

janet Lang | James Blight

Dr. Lang is an expert on international security and conflict prevention.
Dr. Blight is an expert in oral history and helped to make The Fog of War.

Alex Latta

Associate Professor
Specializing in environmental governance, natural resources and indigenous rights, Dr. Latta has research interests both in Latin America and in Canada's North.

Deborah MacLatchy

Vice-President: Academic and Provost
Dr. MacLatchy is the Chair, BSIA Board of Directors and the Vice-President: Academic and Provost, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Rianne Mahon

CIGI Chair in Comparative Social Policy and Global Social Governance, Professor
Dr. Mahon's research focuses on gender and global governance.

Cetta Mainwaring

Assistant Professor (on leave)
Dr. Mainwaring is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Paul Maxim

Director of the Master of International Public Policy Program
Dr. Maxim's most recent research focuses on migration and the socio-economic integration of immigrants into Canadian society.

Shelley McGill

Assistant Professor
A recognized expert on business law and consumer protections, Mrs. McGill's research examines business consumer relationships and dispute resolution.

Audra Mitchell

CIGI Chair in Global Governance and Ethics, Associate Professor
Dr. Mitchell's research seeks to transform global ethics to respond to emerging ecological and/or technological challenges, including mass extinction, climate change and space colonization.

Terry Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is the director of the Laurier Indigenous Rights and Social Justice Research Group focusing on colonial trauma, indigenous rights and governance issues.

Bessma Momani

CIGI Senior Fellow, Professor
Dr. Bessma Momani is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She has authored and co-edited over eight books and over 65 scholarly, peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters that have examined the IMF, the World Bank, petrodollars, the Middle East, and Arab youth.

Alison Mountz

Director, International Migration Research Centre, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration
Dr. Mountz specializes in human migration, with expertise in borders, human smuggling, political asylum, and detention.

Bruce Muirhead

Associate Vice President, External Research, Professor and Associate Director
An expert on international development, Dr. Muirhead is currently researching international dairy regimes/agricultural policy relating to the EU, Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada.

Alain-Desire Nimubona

Assistant Professor
An expert on environmental economics, Dr. Nimubona is interested in both empirical and theoretical research related to sustainable development.

Doug Peers

Dean of Arts and Professor of History
Dr. Peers is a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is the Dean of Arts and Professor of History at the University of Waterloo.

Geraldina Polanco

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo
Dr. Polanco examines how social location – including class, gender, immigrant status, and race – structures mobility across borders and inclusion in the nation.

John Ravenhill

Dr. Ravenhill is the Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He is the former Head of the School of Politics and International Relations, Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University.

Ian Rowlands

Associate Vice-President, Research; Professor
Dr. Rowlands has expertise in energy management strategies and policy, international environmental relations and corporate environmentalism.

Horatiu A. Rus

Assistant Professor
Dr. Rus currently researches the theoretical and empirical aspects of international trade, renewable resource management and environmental policy.

Kim Rygiel

Associate Director, International Migration Research Centre and Associate Professor
Dr. Rygiel’s research focuses on citizenship, migration and border security in North America and Europe. Projects include research on community-based initiatives fostering cultural pluralism in Europe and on Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Tammy Schirle

Associate Professor
Dr. Schirle's research focuses on the implications of historical changes in women's labour market behaviour for senior family incomes in retirement.

Mark Sedra

Assistant Professor
An expert on post-conflict state-building and security sector reform, Dr. Sedra specializes in security issues in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Yasmine Shamsie

Associate Professor
Dr. Shamsie's current research examines peacebuilding in Haiti and Central America, with particular attention to democratic development programs.

Pierre Siklos

CIGI Senior Fellow, Professor
A specialist in macroeconomics, inflation, central banking and financial markets, Dr. Siklos has consulted for various institutions and central banks.

D. Scott Slocombe

Specializing in sustainability and resource management, Dr. Slocombe's research and teaching focus on environmental policy, planning, and assessment.

Tracy Snoddon

Associate Professor
An expert on public economics and fiscal federalism, Dr. Snoddon's current research focuses on governments' fiscal behaviour and election outcomes.

Larry Swatuk

Associate Professor and Director, International Development Program
Dr. Swatuk specializes in the political economy of the environment and natural resource management, focusing on water resources in Southern Africa.

Debora L. VanNijnatten

Associate Professor
Dr. VanNijnatten’s research focuses on transboundary environmental governance in North America, with an emphasis on network linkages and capacity-building.

James W. St.G. Walker

Dr. Walker specializes in the history of human rights and race relations with a focus on Canadian issues.

Margaret Walton-Roberts

Dr. Walton-Roberts, a human geographer, focuses her research on Indian emigration, transnational migrant networks and immigration to Canada.

Hongying Wang

Associate Professor
A world politics and political economy expert with a specialization on China, Dr. Wang explores the interaction of structural and ideational forces.

David Welch

CIGI Chair of Global Security, Professor and CIGI Senior Fellow
Specializing in international relations and international security Dr. Welch is an award-winning teacher and author as well as director of the CIGI’s project on Confidence, Trust, and Empathy in Asia-Pacific Security.

Alan Whiteside

CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Professor
Dr. Whiteside’s current research program focuses on interrelated areas of global health concerns. These include: shifting burdens of disease, immigrant and migrant health, and the economic and social causes and consequences of HIV and AIDS.

Randall M. Wigle

Professor (on sabbatical)
Dr. Wigle has published widely on topics in the areas of international trade policy and environmental economics. His recent work has focused on Canadian climate policy, especially the linkages between federal and provincial action.