David B Macdonald

I am a Canadian political scientist specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics.  I focus on Comparative Indigenous Politics in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States, American foreign policy, New Zealand foreign policy, and Anglo-American Diplomacy.  My mother's family is Trinidadian Indian and my father's family is originally from Scotland but goes back many generations in Nova Scotia. Since these roots have been important in my upbringing and influence the direction of my work, I inevitably bring a multicultural perspective to pressing issues in political science which I hope creates a useful angle through which to assess some aspects of international and domestic politics. Please feel free to have a look and explore my articles, chapters, and books, read my blog and check out my links page. You will also find information on my SSHRCC grant on Indian Residential Schools in Canada. If you'd like some more information or just want to say hello, please email me! And if you really like or dislike my work, please let me know why.


SSHRCC Insight Grant 2013-2018
Role: Principal Investigator
“Aboriginal-Settler Bi-Nationalism as a form of Reconciliation within a Multicultural context: Can a New Zealand model of Power-Sharing Work in Canada?” 

SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant 2014-2016
Role: Collaborator
"Embodying Empathy : Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School"

SSHRCC Standard Research Grant 2009-2013
Role: Principal Investigator
"Indigenous People and the UN Genocide Convention: A Study of Indigenous Assimilation Policies in Canada"

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Books Available

Europe in Its Own Eyes, Europe in the
Eyes of the Other

Europe in its Own Eyes

Other Available Books



Teaching & Supervision

University of GuelphI have been teaching at the university level since 1999. I teach international relations and comparative politics classes, ranging from large first year classes in international politics to the PhD core course in comparative politics.


Contact Information

David MacDonald
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

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