Research and Awards Archives


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 of the Soviet Union, the powerful state that led the East bloc.



Martin Geiger

2017 – SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant

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 (www.mobpoli.info) at Carleton University.

2015 – Martin Geiger has been awarded an 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.



Marc Hanvelt

2017 SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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.



Randall Germain

2016  SSHRC Award

Randall Germain received the 2016 SSHRC Award for his work on “The Idea of Historical Reasoning in International Political Economy: an intellectual history.”

Although the field of study known as International Political Economy (IPE) dates back to at least the 18th century, our understanding of its theoretical foundations rarely includes how the idea of history itself might affect how we think about IPE. My research explores how the idea of history – what history means, how we can understand or know it, and how we might conduct research on a historical event or development – has shaped the evolution of theory in IPE. I focus on a way of thinking about history that brings together history as a subject matter and as a mode of reasoning about its practice and then trace the evolution of this way of thinking through a series of 20th-century ‘discoveries’ of IPE by prominent scholars whose work informs contemporary scholarship. The thinkers and theorists my research explores begins with the work of Giambattista Vico, before moving to consider Karl Marx, RG Collingwood, EH Carr, Antonio Gramsci, Karl Polanyi and Fernand Braudel among others. I conclude my intellectual history of the idea of historical reasoning by examining the work of Susan Strange and Robert Cox in terms of their importance for the modern discipline of IPE.


A photo of Cristina Rojas, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in 2021.
Cristina Rojas

2016 Eminent Scholar Award

2016 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”

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.


2015 SSHRC Insight Grant ‘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 the 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.”



Hans-Martin Jaeger

2015 Graduate Mentoring Award

Hans-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.



Piotr Dutkiewicz

2014 winner of the FPA Research Excellence Award

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 the 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 a better understanding of Russia to Canada and to assist Russians in learning more about Canada”.


Martin 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 have 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.