Visiting scholars & Post-Docs

Visiting Scholars in the Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science welcomes visiting scholars every year. We are especially interested in hosting scholars who have an academic interest in global governance, political economy, and/or public policy and public administration, or who are collaborators of our faculty members.

While these positions are limited, the Department is usually able to offer our visiting scholars office space and, on occasion, an opportunity to teach where appropriate. Each visiting scholar is also expected to give a talk to the department (faculty, staff, and students) about their research.  

Prospective visiting scholars and those interested in having the Department of Political Science host their postdoctoral fellowship should secure a letter of support from a current member of the department faculty and send a statement of interest and a recent CV to Prof. Aaron Ettinger,, who is currently chair of the Outreach Committee responsible for screening candidates.                        

Visiting Scholar & Post-Doc  profiles
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Maxime Boucher (2017-19) FQR Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Lobbying, Public policy, Public administration, Democracy, Corporate political activities, Revolving door lobbying, Corporate citizenship rights.

Maxime’s research has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and L’Administration contemporaine de l’État.

His research, funded by the SSHRC and the FQR, focuses on two complementary aspects of lobbying and corporate political activities. By making use of “big data” sources such as the lobbying registry, it shows how Canadian political institutions affect the relations between organized interests and policy-makers. He is also interested in the regulation of lobbying and other forms of corporate political activities in North America and Europe. His research on the topic shows how lobbying regulation affects the state of corporate political rights in contemporary democracies.


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Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn (2015-2017) | SSHRC Post Doc

Research Interests: International Political Economy, Global Governance, Science and Technology, Finance and Money, Cultural and Moral Economy

Malcolm’s research has appeared in Business and Politics, Competition and Change, Global Society, New Political Economy, and the Journal of European Public Policy 

His current research, supervised by Professor Eric Helleiner, explores how the structure and dynamics of contemporary global governance are being altered by applications of emergent technologies. Through qualitative methods and a theoretical approach emphasising the authority of technical systems he is investigating dynamics of power and legitimacy involved in applications of high-frequency, peer-to-peer and blockchains technologies. 



Melissa Finn

Melissa Finn (2015-2017) | Post Doc

Melissa Finn (Ph.D., York University, 2011) is a post-doctoral researcher working in collaboration with Dr. Bessma Momani of the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. She is a research fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Her current research is divided into two programmes of study: 1) Citizenship and Identity: citizenship mobilization (for example, how people make the concept of citizenship meaningful through their actions), political agency, and refusal among ethnic minorities and other marginalized communities in Canada, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and East Africa; and 2) Critical Studies on Terrorism and Global Conflict: comparative studies of state and non-state terrorism, youth evaluations of counter-terrorism policies, and the use of music for conflict resolution.

The first area of research examines how local Arab activists in the MENA and transnational Arab activists in the West chip away at the infrastructure of authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, how marginalized Arab and Muslim youth in North America position themselves as citizens, and how ethnic Somalis reclaim dignity and rights despite historical and widespread provisions neglect by the Kenyan state. 

Finn's second area of research addresses and analyzes the problem of terrorism in the world conducted by state and non-state actors, and seeks to develop a systematic framework for the comparative study of state and non-state terrorism. She is highly and particularly invested in youth participatory evaluations of counter-terrorism policies and program, especially Muslim youth evaluations of such programs globally. 

Finn is also active in developing what she calls 'philo-rhapsodies' which is rap music drawing substantively on concepts and debates in philosophy and academic study. The philo-rhapsody is an art-form, an alternative platform to teach ideas often neglected in mainstream discourse and media reportage, and a method of research creation. With this artistic modality, new spaces and opportunities are opened up to discuss contentious issues, and air out dusty corners in the public sphere to expand dialogue, public engagement (especially youth political engagement), and resolve conflict. The writing and production of philo-rhapsodies are, themselves, about a politics of hope.

Dr. Finn has taught eleven undergraduate political science and global studies courses on militarism, security, and terrorism. Her fourth-year seminar (Fall 2014/ Fall 2015) on comparative terrorism studies is unique in the North American and European context. The comparative methodology developed in this course is shared by only a handful of courses in the world and is one of even fewer that address the problem of state terrorism from a critical terrorism studies perspective. 

She is the author of Al-Qaeda and Sacrifice: Martyrdom, War and Politics (Pluto Press, 2012), and the co-author of "Youth Evaluations of CVE/PVE Programming in Kenya in Context" published in Journal for Deradicalization  (Summer 2016), "Established and Emergent Political Subjectivity in Circular Human Geographies: Transnational Arab Activists," published in Citizenship Studies (forthcoming), and the co-author of a chapter on suicide bombings in War, Citizenship, Territory (Routledge, 2007). 

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Alban Mathieu (2015-2016) | Visiting Scholar

Alban is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Lyon Lumière in France. His research focuses on the European monetary unification (1989-1992) with a comparison with Canada (1841-1913). He wishes to bring to light the values behind the European money. In order to address this problem, he mobilises a specific theoretical framework: francophonia monetary institutionalism.

Furthermore, he also has interest in International political economy, optimum currency area, Canadian history and monetary union. He thinks that the use of French institutionalism with International political economy may be very useful for the research. He hopes to contribute to the development of International political economy in France by demonstrating the links with these two research traditions.

During his time at the University of Waterloo, Alban worked under the supervision of Professor Eric Helleiner on the Canadian monetary history. 

Jeremie Cornut

Jérémie Cornut (2014-16) | SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: International Political Sociology, Diplomatic Practice & Culture, Eclectism & Paradigmatism in IR Theory, Democratization, Sociology of Knowledge

He has notably published articles in International Studies Perspectives, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Revue française de science politique, International Journal, Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Études internationales and Politique et Sociétés.

His current research focuses on contemporary diplomatic practice. Diplomats are the pillars of contemporary interstate relations. Guardians of sovereignty, they have deeply internalized the norm of non-interference, which is at the basis of international politics. Since the 1990s, however, the international community and Western liberal democracies put democracy promotion at the top of their priorities. This fundamental change radically alters the role of diplomats sent to non-democratic countries. Agents of change and at the same time supporters of the status quo, how in practice do diplomats manage the resulting tensions in their role? This research contributes to the advancement of knowledge by studying the relations between democratic and non-democratic countries; focusing on the functions of diplomats today; understanding international politics through the lenses of its constitutive practices.

Supervisor: Andrew Cooper


Sithembile Mbete (2014)  | Visiting Scholar

Sithembile is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her doctoral research examines South Africa’s role as a middle power in the United Nations Security Council during its two elected terms, in 2007-2008 and 2011-2012. Her research interests include global governance, emerging powers, United Nations Security Council reform and South African foreign policy.

During her stay at the University of Waterloo, Sithembile worked under the supervision of Professor Andrew Cooper on the theoretical framework of her doctoral thesis.

This research was funded by an exchange fellowship from the University of Pretoria and a PhD scholarship from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) in South Africa.

Jiamei Ki

Jiamei Li (2013)  | Visiting Scholar

Shenyang Aerospace University (SAU) in Chin

Dr. Li has published more than 30 articles in peer-review journals and 3 books and received more than 20 research grants from organizations such as the National Social Science Foundation and the Social Science Foundation of Liaoning Province. She has been recognized with honours such as Outstanding Young Researcher of Liaoning Province and the title of the sixth session of Outstanding Expert in Shenyang and First Prize for Outstanding Research in Social Sciences.

Dr. Li came to the Department to conduct research on comparing public administration in Canada and in China with the hope that the two countries can learn from each other to further improve their public services.


Chansoo Cho (2012) | Visiting Scholar

Chansoo Cho is a Professor of International Relations in the Division of International and Area Studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. in political science from Korea University and Ph.D. from McGill University. His research interests span the intersections of international and comparative political economy.

He has written on the domestic sources of U.S. foreign economic policy and illiberal states’ international behaviour, among others. He is the author of two books, The Lost Decade and Neoliberal Policy Switch (in Korean, 2014) and Social Origins of an International Economic Order (in Korean, 2008). He chose Waterloo as the best sabbatical destination because of the department’s focus on politics and business and global governance.

Lihua Yang

Lihua Yang (2011) | Visiting Scholar

BA (Shandong University), MA (Shandong University), PhD(Shandong University)

Lihua is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the School of Political Science and Public Administration, Shandong University, China. She has been a research fellow and visiting professor at Aarhus University, Bath University, University of California (San Diego), Queen’s University and University of Waterloo.  

Her research interests include comparative social policy, European politics, and democratization. She has published a number of academic articles on European social policy, social justice and governance, election and democracy.

The University of Waterloo is one of the best universities in the world and it is a place full of innovative ideas. Its core value and principle for its education-- ideas start here is making the university one of the most attractive places to study. Being a visiting professor here, I have enjoyed both the academic environment and the university community greatly and have learned a lot from my staying in Waterloo.