David Bedford

David BedfordProfessor

The Ancient Greeks, who were the first to think systematically about politics, believed that the study of politics was the queen of the sciences. This was so, because unlike all other areas of study, political science combines an understanding of how things are with an analysis of how they ought to be. Political Science is the study of how to live well as members of a community, and this involves passing judgement on present day life as well as imagining alternatives. All my courses try to keep both the analytical and normative elements of Political Science in the forefront of discussions. —D. B.

Research Interests:

  • Aboriginal Politics
  • International Relations Theory
  • Ancient Political Thought

Recent Publications:

  • On the Road with Dutch Mason, with Harvey Sawler, Nimbus Publishing, 2005
  • “Aboriginal Voter Participation in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia” in Electoral Insight, V5 #3, Nov. 2003
  • The Tragedy of Progress: Marxism Modernity and the Aboriginal Question, with Dan Irving, Fernwood Press, 2001
  • “The Tragic Reading of the Thucydidean Tragedy” with Thom Workman in Review of International Studies #27, 2001
  • “The Great Law of Peace: Alternative Inter-Nation(al) Practices and the Iroquoisn Confederacy” with Thom Workman in Alternatives #22, 1977

Teaching Areas:

  • Political Theory
  • Women's Studies
  • Aboriginal Politics

Professor Bedford, CEGEP Diploma (Sir G Wms), BA (Concordia), MA, PhD (York), joined the Department of Political Science at the University of New Brunswick in 1989.

Contact Information:

David Bedford

Office: Tilley 218
Phone: (506) 458-7493