Hello and welcome to my website!

David Bruce 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.




Recent endorsement for my edited book The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas and the War on Terror, co-edited with D. Nabers and R.G. Patman (Ashgate, 2012)

"This book is a thematically tightly integrated, timely contribution to our understanding of American foreign policy after 9/11. An excellent set of chapters advance our understanding of political leadership, the power of ideas, ideas of power, and the war on terror. The three editors have put together a set of first-rate essays that will be of great interest to both scholars and students."

- Professor Peter Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University - 

'These important essays shed light on the complex relationship between power, ideas, and leadership. After careful analysis of the Bush years, the editors show conclusively that no country, however large, can ignore the power of ideas if it wants to be an effective leader.'

- Professor Joseph S. Nye, University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Power -



Below are my books. The edited volume on Europe is currently in production. Please see Research and Publications for more information.

Identity Politics in the Age of Genocide

Balkan Holocaust

The Ethics of Foreign Policy

The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror

Introduction to Politics