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Jerald Sabin

Indigenous-settler intergovernmental relations; northern political development; comparative federalism; identity politics; public administration.
Office:5142 Richcraft Hall

Assistant Professor

Graduate Supervisor, Indigenous Policy and Administration 

Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management (Carleton University)
MA in Public Administration (Carleton University)
PhD in Political Science (University of Toronto)

Dr. Sabin’s scholarly agenda considers how the relationship between Indigenous and settler peoples shape Canadian political institutions, intergovernmental relations, and policy processes. This work asks a critical question: In the context of (re)emerging Indigenous systems of law and government, what is the future direction of liberal democracy in Canada? A related secondary research agenda explores how other identity groups – such as those based in race, religion, and sexuality – shape Canadian public policy and government.

Canada represents a singular experiment: a settler federation grappling with its past, facing its colonial present, and charting an innovative future. I have witnessed this future most clearly working alongside Northern Indigenous and settler communities. Canada’s North is on the leading edge of political, constitutional, and administrative changes that are fundamentally remaking how Canadians govern themselves. Learning from the past, while planning for our shared future, is at the heart of my research agenda.

Selected Recent Publications

  1. A) Scholarly books

Rayside, David, Jerald Sabin, and Paul E.J. Thomas. 2017. Religion and Canadian Party Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press. 448 pp. 

  1. B) Journal articles

Thomas, Paul E.J. and Jerald Sabin. 2019. “Religion and the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 52.4: 801-823.

Sabin, Jerald and Andrea Olive. 2018. “Slack: Adopting Social Networking Platforms for Active Learning.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 51.1: 183-189.

Sabin, Jerald. 2014. “Contested Colonialism: Responsible Government and Political Development in Yukon.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 47.2: 375-396. [Winner 2015 John McMenemy Prize] 

  1. C) Book chapters and other refereed publications

Sabin, Jerald and Kyle Kirkup. 2019. “Competing Masculinities and Political Campaigns.” Mediation of Gendered Identities in Canadian Politics. Eds. Angelia Wagner and Joanna Everitt. Vancouver: UBC Press. [Shortlisted for 2017 Jill Vickers Prize]

Sabin, Jerald. 2018. “Fiscal Outlier: Yukon in an Austere Age.” The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Eds. Bryan M. Evans and Carlo Fanelli. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 380-408.

Sabin, Jerald. 2017. A Federation within a Federation? Devolution and Indigenous Government in the Northwest Territories. IRPP Study 66. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Sabin, Jerald. 2016. “Alternatives North: A History.” Care, Cooperation, and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social EconomyEds. Frances Abele, Chris Southcott. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 125-140.

Recent Funded Research

2019-2026. SSHRC Partnership Grant
“Consortium on Electoral Democracy/Consortium de la démocratie électorale.”
Principal Investigators: Laura Stephenson and Allison Harrell. Co-investigator.

2018-2020. SSHRC Explore Grant. “A preliminary analysis of the Tłı̨chǫ electoral system.”
(Principal Investigator). $7000.

Recent Teaching

Canadian Politics, Research Methods, Indigenous-Settler Intergovernmental Relations, Public Administration (Bishop’s University)

PAPM 4000: Social Policy/Public Policy and Administration Capstone Seminar (Carleton University) 

Distinctions and Awards

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017-2019 ($81,000), “Liberalism, Indigenous Government, and Political Development in Northern Canada” (Western University)

John McMenemy Prize, Canadian Political Science Association, 2015