John Cappucci

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Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Assumption University;
Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict;
Assistant Professor at Assumption University.

PhD in Political Science, 2014

Dr. John Cappucci is an academic administrator, teacher, and researcher. In 2020, John was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Assumption University becoming the 29th leader of university since its founding as Assumption College in 1857. In this role, John focused on academic revitalization, partnerships with other colleges and universities, community engagement, and targeted fundraising.  These efforts have increased Assumption University’s profile considerably in the past two years. John’s dedication was recognized by his fellow principals and presidents leading to his recent election as Vice-Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Canada.

John is also the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Conflict. John has made contributions to teaching, service, and research. In 2020, John commenced a new research project entitled, The Persistent Prejudice: Contemporary Antisemitism in Canadian Region. The study explores antisemitism in Windsor-Essex by surveying members of the Jewish community. His research was discussed by various media outlets, including the CBC, The Catholic Register, and The Detroit Jewish News. John’s’ refereed articles have appeared in Contemporary Jewry, Canadian Jewish Studies, Fieldwork in Religion, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and the Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies. In addition to his research record, John also have taught courses across the social sciences resulting in top teaching scores. He has also served on graduate committees mentoring a future generation of academics.

John holds a PhD in political science from Carleton University (’14); a Master of Arts in political studies at Queen’s University in Kingston; and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English and political science from the University of Windsor.

“I truly received a world-class educational experience at Carleton University that has benefited me in my professional career. Studying under distinguished faculty with national reputations, engaging with colleagues from diverse backgrounds, and having access to countless learning opportunities both in and outside of the classroom makes Carleton a natural choice. I encourage all to consider becoming a student at Canada’s Capital University.”