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Gerry Boychuk, currently on sabbatical, is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. Prof. Boychuk served as Director, Global Governance Teaching Programs, MA and PhD in the Balsillie School from 2008 to 2011 and, more recently, as Chair of Political Science at the University of Waterloo from 2012 to 2013.

His areas of interest include global social governance and his current research focus on the interplay between national governments and international governmental organizations (especially the International Labour Organization and the G20) in shaping the global social protection floors initiative proposed in June 2012 by the ILO and which has now been endorsed by the UN, G20 and World Bank.

He is co-editor of Global Social Policy journal with Rianne Mahon, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Stephen McBride, Institute for Globalization Studies, McMaster University.)

In the Global Governance Program, Prof. Boychuk has taught global social governance as well as the Ph.D. research methods course. The former, (PSCI 639 Global Social Governance), examines the impact of globalization in generating global social problems as well as conditioning the prospects for addressing these problems through supranational cooperation.

Professor Boychuk’s National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada: Race, Territory and the Roots of Difference was awarded the Donald V. Smiley Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association for the best book in 2008 relating to the government and politics of Canada.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award 2009)
  • Donald V. Smiley Prize, Canadian Political Science Association (2009)
Global Political Economy / Waterloo Political Economy Group (WatPEG)Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics
  • Ph.D., Queen’s (1995)
  • M.A., Alberta (1991)
  • B.A., Alberta (1990)


  • 2008. (Washington: Georgetown University Press ) Volume in the American Governance and Public Policy Series (Georgetown University Press).
  • 2008. The Public/Private Divide in Health Care and Pensions in Canada.. With Keith G Banting In Daniel Béland and Brian Gran ed London: Palgrave.
  • 2008. Race, Territorial Integration and Public Policy in the United States and Canada,. 111-34 In David M Thomas ed 3rd ed Peterborough: Broadview.
  • 2008. The Regulation of Private Health Insurance and Funding under the Canada Health Act: A Comparative Cross-Provincial Perspective.. Vol 1 No 1 (December ): 1-36 Published by the School of Policy Studies University of Calgary.

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