Spotlight on Cristina Rojas

CristinaRojasAward2016 Eminent Scholar Award,International Studies Association (ISA), Global Development Studies Section

2015 Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

2014 Graduate Mentoring Award, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Carleton University

2015 SSHRC Connectivity Grant

2012 SSHRC Insight grant for her project, “Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Societal Change in Bolivia”

Research in Bolivia


Dr. Cristina Rojas’s research focuses on the relation between modernity as a universal project and coloniality. It engages those worlds that modernity regards as non-existent or ‘unthinkable’, assuming their inhabitants are destined for assimilation or extinction.

Yet these suppressed worlds not only persist, but are gaining visibility because of their capacity to respond to the crisis of capitalism, environmental destruction and reproduction. Her analysis centres on the case of Bolivia, where mobilizations led by indigenous men and women, often in alliance with non-indigenous movements, interrupted the premise that modernist responses are the only possible alternatives. Her research documents the marches assembled by indigenous organizations of the Amazon and lowlands in the 1990s that changed the nature of struggles from land as commodity, to territory as the place where life is reproduced. These alliances of indigenous, campesino, and trade union organizations aim to reclaim the co-existence between diverse worlds, including humans and nature. They demanded communal forms of economic organization, indigenous ethics, indigenous justice systems, and respect for indigenous knowledge and languages on equal terms with their Western counterparts. Their proposals were eventually entrenched in the Plurinational Constitution.

Professor Rojas’ research pays close attention to the conflicts that emerge when these diverse worlds struggle for their existence, and especially to the responses of indigenous women’s organizations in the forefront of struggles for territory, food, and the reproduction of life in Bolivia.

Other Recent Faculty Awards

Andrea Chandler

2017 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

Professor Chandler has received this award for her project Canada and Democracy Promotion in Central Europe 1945-1989. The research will investigate the evolution of Canada’s foreign relations with East European communist countries during the Cold War (1945-89). The research will explore the question of whether medium-sized states can play a role in promoting democratization in authoritarian states. Furthermore, the research will illuminate the extent to which East European communist countries were able to make foreign policy that was independent from the Soviet Union, the powerful state that led the East bloc.


William Cross

2016 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

William Cross is a professor and the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on questions relating to democratic institutions and political party organizations both in Canada and other western democracies. Among his current projects is a study entitled ‘who is the political party in Canada?’ This project examines the individuals who make up the party at different levels, including grassroots members, mid-level activists, candidates and MPs, and campaign professionals.

President, Canadian Political Science Association 2015-16


Piotr Dutkiewicz

2014 winner of the FPA Research Excellence Award, in recognition of his significant research achievement.

As well as honouring Dr. Dutkiewicz’s outstanding record of publications, the award was given in part for his proposal for a study of how Russian society has been affected by transformational change since 1991.  The  research resulted in an edited volume: Piotr Dutkiewicz, Richard Sakwa, and Vladimir Kulikov (eds), SOCIAL HISTORY OF POST-COMMUNIST RUSSIA, Routledge (London & New York), 2016, pp.320. The book narrates the largely untold story of how ordinary Russians experienced and coped with Russia’s transformation after the end of communism.  Dr. Dutkiewicz has been studying Russian politics and society for 30 years: “It was a fascinating journey  working with  and learning from many extraordinary people across many  Russian regions ranging from North to South, studying formal and informal rules and practices, institutions and  culture. My goal is to bring better understanding of Russia to Canada and to assist Russians in learning more about Canada”.

James.Jeff.MartinsAwardMartin Geiger, James Milner and Jeff Sahadeo

received Carleton’s “Building Connections Award” for their work in the Migration and Diaspora Studies Initiative. Christina Gabriel, Laura Macdonald, Cristina Rojas and William Walters have also been involved in the initiative.

Migration and Diaspora Studies (MDS) at Carleton has concentrated the research strengths of over three dozen faculty at Carleton and has attracted international scholars, including Political Science’s own Martin Geiger.  External funding from Toronto Dominion has led to a scholarship program and funding for events that unite government, non-government, business and academic sectors.  MDS has also produced an active student group at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The MDS initiative ties into Professor Sahadeo’s own work on late Soviet era migration from Central Asia to Russia.

GeigerAwardMartin Geiger

2017 – SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant & Early Researcher Award (ERA)

2016 – Martin Geiger is the department’s finalist for the Capital Educator’s Award.  This award recognizes the success of Professor Geiger in involving students in his own research and bringing his and their research to the classroom. Teaching and research are intertwined in the unique transnational “Mobility & Politics Research Collective” (or short: “MobPoli”) that Martin Geiger has created ( at Carleton University.

2015 – Martin Geiger has been awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a new project entitled “The International Organization for Migration (IOM): Legitimacy, Influence and Capacity through the Successful Management of External Relations”. This project will involve students at different stages of their career in collaborative faculty-student research and dissemination activities. It expands on Martin Geiger’s previous research on IOM and its growing importance for migration politics. The project also continues his strong track record on successfully establishing and nourishing transnational partnerships and collaboration with scholars and emerging researchers worldwide.

Randall Germain

2016  SSHRC Award “The Idea of Historical Reasoning in International Political Economy”

Marc Hanvelt

2017 SSHRC Insight Development Grant “History and Judgment in the Scottish Enlightenment”

As the world contends with the recent emergence of powerful populist movements in Europe and North America, the question of political judgment has become particularly prominent. This project investigates how particular conceptions of history shaped conceptions of political judgment in the works of the five leading historians of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Hans-Martin-JaegerAwardHans-Martin Jaeger

2015 Graduate Mentoring Award, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.  The award recognizes faculty who render exceptional service to graduate students as supervisors and research mentors.


Fiona Robinson

Fiona Robinson is the recipient of a 2014 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.  These awards recognize research excellence over a five-year period.  Professor Robinson’s research uses care ethics as a critical lens to rethink key ideas and issues in global politics. In 2011, she published two books:  The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011), and (co-editor Dianne Mahon), Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care (UBC Press, 2011).

Fiona Robinson is also the winner of the inaugural (2014) J. Ann Tickner Book Prize from the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.  The J. Ann Tickner Book Prize honours outstanding new work in the tradition of Tickner’s pioneering scholarship. The Tickner Prize was established in recognition of Professor Tickner’s path-breaking scholarship on gender and feminist International Relations and her tireless commitment to engagement across disciplinary paradigms. The prize seeks to recognize the author of a book that critically engages IR theory, that questions disciplinary assumptions, and that helps build practical knowledge to address pressing issues and contribute to a more just and peaceful world.”  In October, 2014, Professor Robinson travelled to the University of Southern California to deliver the Tickner Prize lecture.  In 2016, the International Feminist Journal of Politics published the first J. Ann Tickner Prize essay, ‘When Worlds Collide’ which describes the process of writing her prize-winning book, The Ethics of Care.

Jeff Sahadeo

International Expert Research Grant on Migration, South Ural State University (Chelyabinsk, Russia), 2017

Carleton University “Building Connections” Research Award (Migration and Diaspora Studies), 2015


Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt received a SSHRC Insight Grant in 2015 for his project “The Long Road to a Theory of International Politics.”

Professor Schmidt’s research on the disciplinary history of International Relations builds directly on the themes of his first book, The Political Discourse of Anarchy. His current project begins in the 1940s when the field of International Relations was in the midst of an identity crisis concerning its scope, subject matter, and analytical focus. The primary purpose of this new research is to trace attempts by International Relations scholars to create a theory that would have both theoretical and practical purchase. A second and closely related purpose is to reflect on some of the issues and dilemmas that arise when a social science such as International Relations attempts to acquire the authority of knowledge over a first-order practice such as politics. “The Long Road to a Theory of International Politics” will reconstruct the conversation about theory that has been developing over the last 8 decades. “The research findings will not only be of interest to those who identify with the field of International Relations, but will also have an appeal beyond academia,” said Professor Schmidt. “There have always been important links between the academic study of international politics and government officials involved in foreign policy.”

 Mira Sucharov

2017 Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching Award.

2015 Winner of Excellence in Teaching, Faculty of Public Affairs.

William Walters

2017 Carleton University Research Achievement Award.

Professor Walters received a Carleton University Research Achievement Award for his project The Production of Secrecy. Secrets and leaks are hot issues in politics today. Yet secrecy has rarely enjoyed the kind of theoretical attention bestowed on other key terms in politics, like sovereignty. As a result we lack an adequate framework to understand how state secrecy has changed historically, and the new forms it is taking today. Focusing on what I call the production of secrecy, my research seeks to generate analytics and case studies that will enhance our understanding of political concealment.