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Clusters and Interdisciplinary Networks

Research Clusters

While the department covers all the main fields in Political Science, we also have research expertise and knowledge in the following research clusters. Visit the following research clusters for more information on the faculty members who teach and conduct research in these specific areas, and the types of projects currently being conducted in the department.

Interdisciplinary Networks & Research Projects

Aside from the different research clusters within the Department of Political Science, our faculty members also lead and/or are actively involved in the following interdisciplinary networks in McMaster University:

Research SNAPS

Research SNAPS:

To learn more about the research we do in Political Science, browse our research snaps. Snaps are short, readable summaries of what we do, what we discover, and why it matters.


View some of our department ResearchSNAPS

Fullbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations to host exceptional scholars who conduct research important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students and faculty, and the broader community. You can guest lecture at university courses, mentor students, lecture in public venues, network, and promote your research, while representing the Fulbright program, and your home and host institutions.

Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair

Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy


Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy Conference

The Department of Political Science at McMaster University, in conjunction with the Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization, Institute for Globalization and the Human Condition, Engineering and Public Policy Program,  the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, and the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis cordially invites graduate students to the eighth Graduate Conference on the Internationalization of Public Policy. The conference will be held March 10-11, 2023 in Hamilton, Ontario and is entitled Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy 12: New Research for a Changing World


Learn more about this conference

Research in Progress Seminar Series

What do we mean by systemic racism in Canada?

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., location TBA

  • Presented by: Dr. Debra Thompson, McGill University

Past Events in the Department

Fall 2021

Tuesday, October 26

Monday, November 8

Winter 2022

March 11-12, 2022


Fall 2022

September 22, 2022

  • Research in Progress Seminar (RIPS): Competing on Issues and Identities - Why Research on Party Competition needs to engage with Group Appeals