David B. MacDonald

Here you will find details of my work as a Political Science Professor at the University of Guelph. As of July 2017, I am also the Guelph Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. This is an initial three year position with the option of a further two year extension. This is an exciting development for me, which allows me more time and funding to meet with people around the country and on campus and develop research projects. 

Much of this website relates to my research, generously funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada and the University of Guelph. Since 2007 I have been a faculty member at the University of Guelph, and I was promoted full professor in 2013. From 2002-2007 I was a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer in the Political Studies Department at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Before this time, from 1999-2002, I was Assistant Visiting Professor at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (now ESCP-Europe). I obtained my PhD in International Relations in 2001 from the London School of Economics.

In my work, I focus on Comparative Indigenous Politics in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, United States. I have also worked expensively in the areas of International Relations, American foreign policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and critical race theory.  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 research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada.

As you will see, I have an active SSHRC Insight Grant as Principal Investigator:

"Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (with Sheryl Lightfoot 2017-2022)

  • I am also a co-applicant on two SSHRCC Partnership Development Grants:
    • - "Transformative Memory: Strengthening an International Network" Co-Applicant on a SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant (Pilar Riano-Alcala at UBC is PI) 2018-21; value $197,690).
    • - “Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School” Co-Applicant on a SSHRCC Partnership Development Grant (Andrew Woolford is PI)     2014-17; value $196,000).
  • I supervise numerous students at the MA and PhD levels and am always happy to welcome inquiries for supervision and paid graduate research work!  Please have a look at my website for many interesting publications and email me for an interview, or help if you need it. Would you like to work with me?
  • Fellowships in Indigenous Politics and/or Multiculturalism, Race, Ethnicity, Identity

Two categories of Fellowships are available for Graduate Research Assistant positions at the MA and PhD levels, awarded to students under my supervision. Additional funds may be available for research and conference travel, and for co-authored publications. There are two categories of fellowship available, the first is funded through a SSHRC Insight Grant “Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (I am Principal Investigator and Sheryl Lightfoot at UBC is Co-Applicant), and the second is through my Research Leadership Chair position. Research fellows will work with me on projects aligned with my two main research foci. Focus one, funded by the IG includes Indigenous self-determination (Canadian, comparative, and international dimensions), Indigenous-settler relations, reconciliation and political transition, electoral reform, genocide studies. Focus two includes reconciliation studies, racialized peoples and identity in Canada, mixed race identities, multiculturalism, Caribbean and/or South Asian representation in Canada, colonization in British settler states. Students may also propose other ideas related to any of the above topics.

For further information please contact me at david.macdonald@uoguelph.ca