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. Anna Esselment,                        

Visiting Scholar & Post-Doc  profiles
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Rachael Johnstone (2018-2020) Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Gender and Politics; Canadian Politics; Public Policy; Charter Politics; Law and Public Policy

Rachael’s research has appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Society. Her book, After Morgentaler: The Politics of Abortion in Canada, was published with UBC Press in 2017.

Rachael is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Bessma Momani on issues of gender and public policy. Her research explores intersections of politics, public policy, law, and healthcare as they relate to gendered bodies. To date, her research has focused predominately on the regulation of abortion politics in Canada in the context of the federal policy vacuum left in the wake of R. v. Morgentaler (1988), the Supreme Court case that decriminalized abortion in Canada. This work includes projects on Canadian public policy, Charter jurisprudence, and the role of federalism in shaping the regulation of women’s bodies and their relationship to the state.

Prior to joining the Balsillie School, Rachael was an Assistant Professor at the Bader International Study Centre (Queen’s University, Canada) in the United Kingdom.


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Maxime Boucher (2017-2019) 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.