Profile: Laura Macdonald

Profile: Laura Macdonald


Laura Macdonald - Professor

Laura Macdonald is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University, Director of the Institute of Political Economy and the co-director of the Centre on North American Politics and Society. She is also a member of the McLeod Group ( She has published numerous articles in journals and edited collections on such issues as the role of non-governmental organizations in development, global civil society, citizenship struggles in Latin America, Canadian development assistance and the political impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on human rights and democracy in the three member states. She has also done work on social citizenship in North America and the impact of NAFTA on security, immigration and border control policies. Current projects include: a) a research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada titled “From minor player to major actor: The role of Canada in Latin America” and b) research on federal Mexican and Mexico City social policies.

Selected Significant Publications

Rianne Mahon and Laura Macdonald, “Anti-poverty politics in Toronto and Mexico City,” Geoforum, vol. 41, issue 2, 2010, pp. 209-217.

Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., Contentious Politics in North America, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Laura Macdonald and Arne Ruckert, eds., Post-Neoliberalism in the Americas: Beyond the Washington Consensus?, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Laura Macdonald, “Canada and the Politics of Regional Economic Integration in the Americas,” in Diego Sanchez-Ancochea and Ken Shadlen, eds., Responding to Globalization: The Political Economy of Regional Integration, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.

Christina Gabriel and Laura Macdonald, “Migration and Citizenship Rights in a New North American Space,” in Isabel Studer and Carol Wise, eds., Requiem or Revival? The Promise of North American Integration, Washington D.C.: Brookings Press, 2007, pp. 353-370.

Jeff Ayres and Laura Macdonald, “Deep Integration and Shallow Governance: The Limits to Civil Society Engagement Across North America,” Policy and Society, (Vol. 25, issue 3, 2006), pp.23-42.

Laura Macdonald. Supporting Civil Society: The Political Impact of NGO Assistance to Central America, Basingstoke, UK and New York City: Macmillan Press and St. Martin’s Press, 1997.