Political Science

PhD Student Michaël Désormeaux receives 2023 SSHRC (CGS) Doctoral Award

Michaël Désormeaux’s SSHRC-funded research, entitled “Manufacturing Image of Peaceful Power: China’s Propaganda State Under Xi Jinping” examines the efficacy of foreign influence operations on China’s global image.


Michaël Désormeaux is a PhD student specializing in Comparative Public Policy and Comparative Politics. His research focuses on the dynamics of authoritarian influence, resilience, and consolidation, particularly within the context of global media and political landscapes in East and Southeast Asia. The three-year SSHRC doctoral fellowship will support Désormeaux’s research in examining the international facets of authoritarian diffusion and interference within the framework of liberal democracies. He aims to shed light on the multifaceted strategies employed by authoritarian regimes to shape narratives and exert influence on a global scale. His past work was funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (FRQSC).