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Faculty | Meet Professor Alexander Lanoszka

Alexander Lanoszka photoAlexander Lanoszka will be joining the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor in July 1, 2018.  Professor Lanoszka is an expert in the field of International Relations, focusing on international security, alliance politics, and theories of war.  He earned his doctorate in Politics from Princeton University in 2014, as well as his Master’s degree from Princeton University in 2010. Alexander earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor in 2008.

Since 2016 Professor Lanoszka has been teaching in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London.  Before that he was a postdoctoral fellow at the J.S. Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Professor Lanoszka will teach Global Politics at the introductory level, as well as several of the core courses in the International Relations and Global Governance specializations offered by the Department of Political Science.  Dr. Lanoszka’s teaching and research interests are also broad enough to extend to other course offerings, including East and Central European politics.  

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Master of Arts in Political Science

Our MA in Political Science is designed to foster a deeper understanding of politics across the world at multiple scales (domestic, regional, global) while also allowing students to develop the analytical and professional skills required for success in both academic and non-academic job markets.

With 22 faculty members in our department and an additional 15 associated faculty, our program offers a wide range of courses and graduate research supervision and opportunities across a broad range
of topic areas with specific strengths including the following:

Political Economy | What is the relationship between politics and business, power and wealth, states and markets? Our department has particular strength in the study of these political economy questions with over ten faculty members researching in this field. Our faculty members bring a variety of perspectives to these questions and explore their relevance at the local, national, regional and global levels across various geographical contexts ranging from North America to East Asia and the Middle East.

Conflict and Security Studies  | Interested in the role that conflict plays in the contemporary world, the dynamics of domestic security and counter-terrorism, or what happens in a post-conflict era? Many faculty in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo specialize in the study of these and other topics relating to the role of governments, international organizations, and non-state actors in conflict and conflict resolution. Our students learn about the political theories that frame our understandings and debates about national and human security as well as peace building practices and human rights. Our expertise spans many areas of the globe from Europe to the Middle East.

Canadian Politics | A number of faculty in the department have research interests relating to different aspects of Canadian politics. Research strengths include public policy, constitutional politics, political institutions, political parties, local government and Canada-US relations.

You can complete an MA in Political Science (regular or co-op stream) through the Masters Research Paper option or the Thesis option. Our co-op stream enables students to combine their academic studies with practical work experience in positions related to their professional interests in public or private sectors.

graduate admissionsTypical Political Science Master's funding packages:

  • 2 terms of paid teaching or research assistantships
  • Various scholarships in each term of study
  • Total: $15,000.00               

Learn more about our graduate programs. 

Student Profiles

Undergraduate Student Profile | Hannah Beckett

Hannah BeckettWhat on-campus opportunities have you been involved in?                            When I started at Waterloo, I was incredibly focused on getting involved in a wide variety of opportunities, to help meet new people and to discover what I liked doing. That decision is what transformed a degree into an experience for me and I have loved every minute! I currently hold seats on the University’s Senate and Board of Governors, giving me the opportunity to weigh in on major decisions at the administration level from the student perspective. I currently hold two part-time jobs on campus and I am currently writing a Student Health & Wellness policy paper for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, which is a provincial lobbying body for post-secondary education.

Graduate Student Profile | Shanaya Vanhooren

Shanaya VerhoevanDuring my fourth year of my undergraduate career, I struggled to decide where to
continue in graduate studies in Political Science. I decided to come to Waterloo after I met my current supervisor. Dr. Henstra corresponded with me over email and in- person meetings while I was still finishing my Bachelor of Arts at Laurier. He helped me define a topic for further study in an MA program by pointing to different areas of research and focusing my attention to interesting articles and books in Canadian local politics.

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