Professor Emeritus

William ColemanAreas of specialization

Public policy,

Globalization studies,

Global Governance,

Politics of Indigenous Peoples


BA (Carleton), MA (Chicago), PhD (Chicago)

William D. Coleman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. He served three years as the Director of the Ph.D in Global Governance Program and the M.A program in Global Governance. He was the Founding Director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He had the privilege of being a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at McMaster for 32 years and holds the title of Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at McMaster University.

In 2010, he was awarded the title Shakorihonnién:ni (Associate Professor), Deyohaná:ge (Indigenous Knowledge Center), Six Nations Polytechnic, Six Nations Grand River Territory. In 2015, he was awarded the title of “University Professor” by the University of Waterloo.

Professor Coleman retired in June 2018.


He has published the following books:

  • W.D. Coleman and Alina Sajed, Fifty Key Thinkers on Globalization (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. viii, 258
  • W.D. Coleman, Wyn Grant and Timothy Josling, Agriculture in the New Global Economy (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004), pp. x, 201.
  • Financial Services, Globalization, and Domestic Policy Change: A Comparison of North America and the European Union (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996), pp. xvi, 297.
  • Michael M. Atkinson and William Coleman, The State, Business, and Industrial Change in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989, pp. xii, 236.
  • William Coleman, Business and Politics: A Study in Collective Action. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1988, pp. xvi, 336.
  • William Coleman, The Independence Movement in Quebec, 1945-1980. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984, pp. xii, 274. (Reprinted 1986, 1988, 1995)

From 2008 to 2013, he was the Project Director of the Globalization and Autonomy Series of books that was published by the University of British Columbia Press, where he was editor or co-editor of eight books.

He has written articles dealing with Quebec politics, business government relations, comparative public policy, indigenous peoples, and global
governance, and globalization that have been published in journals in Canada, the United States, China and Europe.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council grant

Canada, Quebec and Globalization
Globalizing processes have increased the possibilities for Québec society to construct a collective identity that is ever more distinct from collective identities in other parts of Canada. At the same time, the changing roles of nation-states arising from contemporary globalizing processes may paradoxically lower the importance of having a sovereign Québec in pursuit of redefining collective identities.

To what degree have globalizing processes changed Canada and changed Québec's relations with Canada?

How have these same processes intersected with collective autonomies: the Canadian state and society, Québec's state and society, and the range of individual identities and autonomies of persons living in Canada, including Québec?

What are the implications of these intersections on political and social movements supporting an independent Québec?

Canadian Institute of Health Research grant

Living in “transnational spaces”: Gendered vulnerability to HIV of Chinese immigrants in a transitional context and the implications for future intervention
Professor Coleman is investigating the following topics in the project:

The relationships between government agencies and other stakeholders such as HIV/AIDS related non-government organizations, civil society and community organizations when it comes to HIV/AIDS-related policy; 

Coordination between federal, provincial and city public health officials and policy makers for issues related to HIV/AIDS;

Public agency engagement in policy discussions with international bodies such as UNAIDS, WHO,  or WTO;

The extent to which internationalization of policy in this area has changed or has the potential to change how domestic policy is formulated and implemented   

For a full list of publications please see Dr. Coleman's Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

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University of Waterloo

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