Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award Past Recipients


2017 Winner

Richard Johnston, University of British Columbia

Richard Johnston (PhD Stanford) holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University (Mackenzie King chair, 1994-5), and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held visiting fellowships at Queen’s University at Kingston, the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), and the Australian National University. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow attached to the European University Institute.

His research falls into three major areas:

Electoral systems, party systems, and parties. This interest spans his entire career and involves close investigation of patterns in Canada and the US. On the Canadian side, much of the work is captured in a forthcoming book with UBC Press, The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History (working title, suggestions welcome!). On the US side, the major contribution is The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South (with Byron E. Shafer). This book won prizes from both APSA and the Southern Political Science Association.

Communications media and campaigns. This interest dates from his time as Principal Investigator of the 1988 and 1992-3 Canadian Election Studies. These were the first designs for national-scale fieldwork that enabled capturing the ephemera of campaigns and linking them to media quantities. The first product of this research was Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (with André Blais, Henry E. Brady, and Jean Crête), which won the Harold Adams Innis Prize for the best book in the social sciences in Canada. The 1992-93 study resulted in The Challenge of Direct Democracy: the 1992 Canadian Referendum (with Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte). The Canadian work attracted an international audience and led Johnston to the University of Pennsylvania, where he brought the National Annenberg Election Survey into existence. The NAES was fielded in 2000, 2004, and 2008. The most important product of this initiative is The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics (with Michael G. Hagen and Kathleen Hall Jamieson). He is now embarked on a comparative study of campaigns, funded by a SSHRC Insight grant awarded in 2016.

Social capital, diversity and the welfare state. This interest found its first expression in the 1980s with Public Opinion and Public Policy in Canada: Questions of Confidence. It was rekindled in the late 1990s with his participation in a multidisciplinary research group on “Equality, Society, and Community”. It involves ongoing collaborations with Keith Banting, Will Kymlicka, Stuart Soroka, Matthew Wright, and Jack Citrin. The work ranges from survey- and experimentally-based work on civic (and uncivic) orientations to multi-country comparative work on immigration and social spending.


2016 Winner

Keith Banting, Queen’s University


Keith Banting is the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy and a professor in the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies. His research interests focus on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. He has had a long-standing interest in the politics of social policy, and has more recently extended his research agenda to include ethnic diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. He is the author and editor of twenty books, and the author or co-author of a long list of articles and book chapters. His publications have been translated in seven languages.

Professor Banting earned his BA (Hon) from Queen’s University and his doctorate from Oxford University. He taught for thirteen years at the University of British Columbia, before returning to Queen’s. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, Oxford University, the European University Institute, University of Melbourne, and Stockholm University.

In 2004, Professor Banting was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm University, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Lawrence LeDuc, University of Toronto

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Lawrence LeDuc is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His publications include The Politics of Direct Democracy, Comparing Democracies (with Richard G. Niemi and Pippa Norris), Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (with Jon H. Pammett, Judith I. McKenzie and André Turcotte), and Absent Mandate (with Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett) as well as articles on voting, elections and related topics in North American and European Political Science journals. He is a member of the editorial boards of Electoral Studies and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. In 2013, he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney. His current research deals with electoral reform, political participation, and direct democracy.

2014 Award Winners (two)

Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto


Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.  She served in 2005-2011 as the Principal of University College in the University of Toronto. Best known for her research contributions in the field of women and politics, Bashevkin served in 1993-94 as President of the Canadian Political Science Association and in 2003-2004 as the President of the “Women and Politics” Research Section of the APSA.  She is a felloe of the Royal Society of Canada.  Bashevkin is the author of Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2009), Tales of Two Cities: Women and Municipal Restructuring in London and Toronto (UBC Press, 2006); Welfare Hot Buttons: Women, Work and Social Policy Reform (University of Toronto Press and University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002); Women on the Defensive: Living Through Conservative Times (University of Chicago Press and University of Toronto Press, 1998); Toeing the Lines: Women and Party Politics in English Canada (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 1993); True Patriot Love: The Politics of Canadian Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 1991); and Toeing the Lines: Women and Party Politics in English Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1985), as well as numerous journal articles and chapters in books.

She is the editor of Opening Doors Wider: Women’s Political Engagement in Canada (UBC Press, 2009); Women’s Work is Never Done: Comparative Studies in Caregiving, Employment and Social Policy Reform (Routledge, 2002); Women and Politics in Western Europe (Frank Cass, 1985); and Canadian Political Behaviour: Introductory Readings (Nelson, 1985).

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Charles Doran is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of the Global Theory and History Program, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, The Paul H. Nitze School of
Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

Charles F. Doran serves as co-director of the SAIS Global Politics and Religion Initiative. He is a former professor and director of international management program at Rice University. Doran also directed major research projects on North American trade, Canadian-U.S. relations, Persian Gulf security and U.S.-German-Japanese relations. He is a regular adviser to business and government and has provided congressional briefings and testimony on trade, security, and energy policy. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Donner Medal, the Governor General’s Award for Scholarship on Canada and the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Scholar Award (Foreign Policy). Doran received his Ph.D. in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.

2013 Winner

R. Kenneth Carty, University of British Columbia


Ken Carty (Ph.D. Queen’s) is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia.  He is a specialist on the structure, organization and behavior of political parties and competitive party systems. His widely published research has dealt with issues of political recruitment, leadership and the electoral activities of parties in Canada, Europe and Australia. Carty is a former (1996-2001, 06-07) Head of the Department and a Past President (2002) of the Canadian Political Science Association.  A long-time chair of the Publications Board of UBC Press, he currently serves on the Editorial Board of Party Politics, and the editorial team of the Oxford University Press Comparative Politics book series sponsored by the European Consortium for Political Research.

Carty has served as a consultant to both national and provincial royal commissions on issues of electoral organization and was a member of the Federal Electoral Boundary Commission for British Columbia for the last national redistribution. During 2003-04 was the Director of Research for the British Columbia Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform. He is the past Chair (2001-06) of the Board of Governors of the Vancouver School of Theology, one of Canada’s major graduate centers of theological education and research. During 2005 Carty was a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and in 2005-08 he held the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies.

2012 Award-Winner

Peter H. Russell


Peter H. Russell was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto since 1956, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Society of Canada, a University Professor at Toronto (the University’s highest internal academic honour), a former President of the Canadian Political Science Association and the recipient of four honorary degrees.  Dr. Russell has been at the forefront of profound changes in two subfields of political science in Canada. In judicial politics, Russell was one of the first Canadian social scientists to understand that courts did not act in a vacuum as doctrinal “black letter” interpretivists might assume, and that one needed a more nuanced understanding of the “inputs” and “outputs” of law. His pioneering monograph, The Judiciary in Canada (1987), together with numerous articles on judicial behavior, established an important baseline in interdisciplinary scholarship on legal issues whose fundamental importance has only grown with the advent of the Charter.  In constitutional politics and reform, Russell’s Constitutional Odyssey: Can Canadians Become a Sovereign People? explained the perils of what he calls “mega-constitutional politics” and why they don’t work well when their force is prospective and aspirational rather than retrospective in nature. Russell in addition has written the APSA award-winning book Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonialism and is an expert on indigenous rights. In sum, Peter H. Russell is one of the great treasures of Canadian academia and a giant in Canadian political and legal analysis. Extraordinary scholar, dedicated teacher, respected public intellectual, engaged citizen, theater impresario – Peter Russell has profoundly shaped Canadian scholarship and Canadian public life.

2011 Award-Winners (two)

Allan Kornberg


Allan Kornberg recently retired as the Norb F. Schaefer Professor of Political Science at Duke University, where he had a distinguished career and contributed immeasurably to the high regard with which Canadian Studies is held at that university and throughout the political science community here and abroad.

Among his notable achievements at Duke has been the mentoring of a significant number of students who have themselves gone on to study Canada.

Allan’s scholarship has been recognized in a number of forums, for example, in his receiving the Samuel Eldersveld Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Political Science Association.

Professor Kornberg’s scholarly contribution includes eleven books and numerous articles that he has authored or co-authored.  His entire corpus of scholarly research has something important to say about Canada, whether exclusively or through comparative analysis with other countries.

John C. Courtney


John C. Courtney, Professor Emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan, is a distinguished political scientist who is recognized internationally as an expert on electoral systems.

He is the author or co-author of ten scholarly volumes plus numerous articles. In addition, he has written many reports for government agencies, both in Canada and abroad, recommending policy changes with respect to electoral systems.

Recognition of Professor Courtney’s scholarly contributions to the study of Canada comes from many international sources.  In particular, we call attention to his tenure as:  Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at The Brookings Institution; Halbert Visiting Professor of Political Science and Canadian Studies, Hebrew University; William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies, Harvard University; and Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany.

2010 Award-Winner

Jill McCalla Vickers


Jill Vickers received her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and joined the faculty of Carleton University in 1971.

She is a renowned authority on the politics of women’s rights, comparative approaches to women’s participation, and the relationship between gender and nationalism.

In 2002 the Canadian Political Science Association established the Jill Vickers Prize in Gender and Politics to celebrate her scholarship.

She was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2003, the same year that Carleton University awarded her a Chancellor’s Professorship in Political Science.

She was President of both the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Women’s Studies Association, and Parliamentarian with the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

Jill Vickers retired in 1997 as Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Emeritus Professor at Carleton University.

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