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.

  • Jennifer Clapp

    Professor, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, and Associate Director

    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

    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

    Executive Director, ACUNS; Associate Professor

    Currently serving as Executive Director of the Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS); research interests in post-conflict peace-building and transitional justice, the United Nations and global governance, and Canadian defence and foreign policy.

  • 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

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Goff specializes in international political economy with a particular interest in trade, intellectual property and cultural capacity.

  • Daniel Gorman

    Associate Director of the PhD Program in Global Governance, Associate Professor (on Sabbatical)

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

  • 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.

  • Jorge Heine


    Previously Chilean Ambassador to South Africa, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Dr. Heine is an expert on diplomacy and democratic transitions.

  • Eric Helleiner

    Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy, Professor

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

  • Jenna L. Hennebry

    Director, International Migration Research Centre, 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.

  • Kathryn Hochstetler

    Acting Director of MAGG and Associate Director PhD, CIGI Chair of Governance in the Americas, Professor

    Specializing in emerging powers and global governance, Dr. Hochstetler is an expert on emerging powers, energy and environmental politics, and Brazil in the South American region.

  • 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.

  • Rhoda Howard-Hassmann

    Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Professor

    Dr. Howard-Hassmann is an expert on human rights and comparative genocide studies and has authored and co-edited numerous books in her field.

  • 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, Professor (on Sabbatical until Aug 31)

    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.

  • 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 economy and environmental citizenship, Dr. Latta focuses on Latin America with a special interest in environmental politics in Chile.

  • Terrence Levesque

    Professor and Associate Director

    Specializing in political economy, transportation and marketing, Dr. Levesque's scholarship involves the analysis of discrete choice modeling.

  • Deborah MacLatchy

    Vice-President: Academic and Provost

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

  • Rianne Mahon

    CIGI Chair in Comparative Social Policy, Professor

    Dr. Mahon's research focuses on transnational social governance, including policy discourses produced by organizations like the OECD and World Bank.

  • Cetta Mainwaring

    Assistant Professor

    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, Professor

    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, Associate Professor

    An expert on the Arab Spring and global economic governance, Dr. Momani specializes in IMF reform and economic liberalization in the Middle East.

  • Alison Mountz

    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 and Professor

    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.

  • James Orbinski

    CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance

    A globally recognized practitioner and advocate with award winning literary and film work, Dr. Orbinski is a leading scholar of global health.

  • Doug Peers

    Dean of Arts and Professor of History

    Dr. Peers is a member of the Board of Directors for the Balisillie School of International Affairs and the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is the Dean of Arts and Professor of History at the University of Waterloo.

  • John Ravenhill


    John 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


    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.

  • 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

    Chair, Department of Political Science and North American Studies and 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


    Currently working on his fifth book, Dr. Walker specializes in the history of human rights and race relations with a focus on Canadian issues.

  • Margaret Walton-Roberts

    Associate Dean, School of International Policy and Governance

    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.

  • Alan Whiteside

    CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Professor

    An internationally recognized academic and AIDS researcher, Alan Whiteside was appointed CIGI Chair in Global Health in December 2012.

  • Randall M. Wigle

    Director of the PhD Program in Global Governance, Professor

    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.