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Our department has exceptional research strength in radical political theories, from post-colonial thought, to critical theory, to political philosophy surrounding nationalism, indigeneity, and migration.

Our close association with McMaster's Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition also provides a rich set of resources for students interested in the study of radical political thought.

J. Marshall Beier

Marshall Beier’s research interests are broadly in the areas of critical security studies and critical pedagogy, influenced by postcolonial, poststructural, and feminist thought. His current work focuses on rights and security regimes pertaining to children/youth and Indigenous peoples. He is the author of International Relations in Uncommon Places: Indigeneity, Cosmology, and the Limits of International Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, 2009) and editor of Indigenous Diplomacies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and The Militarization of Childhood: Thinking Beyond the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 2013).

Catherine Frost

Catherine Frost’s research includes collective identity, representation, aesthetics and communication. She is currently working on a book about how constituent power – how ‘the people’ – finds its voice in moments of extraordinary renewal, entitled Language, Democracy and the Paradox of Constituent Power: Declarations of Independence in Comparative Perspective (Routledge). She has also published in the area of multiculturalism, citizenship and national identity, and is the author of Morality and Nationalism (Routledge, 2006). Before entering academia she served as a policy advisor in the Ontario government and a communications advisor in the private sector.

James Ingram’

James Ingram’s research interests are in modern, especially continental political theory, from Rousseau and Kant via Marx to critical theory, post-Marxism, anarchism, and other contemporary approaches, especially as applied to globalization, democracy, postcoloniality, and contestatory politics. He is the author of Radical Cosmopolitics: Democratic Universalism in Ethics and Politics (Columbia UP, 2013) and co-editor of Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives (Columbia UP, 2017). His current work focuses on theoretical and practical challenges to the limits of the political sphere through the twentieth century.

Inder S. Marwah

Inder S. Marwah’s research interests are in modern, contemporary and comparative political theory, with a particular focus on the intersections of race, imperialism and political thought.  He has written and published on race, gender and culture in the history of liberal political thought, and has a forthcoming book on the subject entitled Liberalism, Diversity and Domination: Kant, Mill and the Government of Difference (Cambridge UP).  His current research is on non-Western political theory, Darwinism/evolutionism in political philosophy, and anti-imperialist political thought at the turn of the 20th century. 

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Peter Nyers

PhD Political Science, York University2002

Graduate Chair Department of Political Science | Professor

Peter Nyers

Peter Nyers' research interests are in contemporary social and political theory, with a focus on critical approaches to citizenship, refugees, and state sovereignty. His research focuses on the social movements of non-status refugees and migrants, in particular their campaigns against deportation and detention and for regularization and global mobility rights. He is the author of Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency (Routledge 2006) and recently co-edited, with Engin Isin, the Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (Routledge 2014). His current book project, Irregular Citizenship, is about the political subjectivities that are enacted in the context of deportation and anti-deportation.

Alina Sajed

Alina Sajed teaches and researches on postcolonial/decolonial theory with a focus on colonialism and decolonization, political violence, postcolonial nation-building and Third Worldism as a global political project. Her research has been published in International Studies Review, Review of International Studies, Third World Quarterly, Globalizations, Citizenship Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and Postcolonial Studies. She is the author of Postcolonial Encounters in International Relations. The Politics of Transgression in the Maghreb, published by Routledge in 2013; and the co-author (with William D. Coleman) of Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization, published by Routledge in 2012. She is also the co-editor (with Randolph B. Persaud) of Race, Gender, and Culture in International Relations. Postcolonial Perspectives (Routledge, 2018).