Research Areas

UNB's graduate program in political science can offer supervision across all the main sub-fields of the discipline (i.e., political theory, political economy, Canadian politics, comparative politics, international relations, and gender and politics).

Within these sub-fields, the specific areas in which faculty can provide graduate student supervision are:


Dr. Carolyn Bassett's areas of research supervision are:  global political economy, in particular, the place and role of the Global South; political economy and development; political role of internationally oriented social movements and labour unions and locally-oriented movements in the Global South; international political economy and international development theory; politics, policy and political economy of South Africa.

Dr. David Bedford can supervise student research in the areas of:  Ancient Political Theory; Hegel/Marx; American Political Theory; First Nations Politics.

Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch can supervise student research in:  global health; global security; international organizations (especially the United Nations) and global governance; peacekeeping; Africa and/in global politics; and international relations theory, especially constructivist, feminist, and critical theory.

Dr. Paul Howe's area of research supervision include political participation and civic engagement, in both a Canadian and comparative context.  Youth engagement/disengagement is a particular interest.  He also supervises research on issues related to democratic institutions and reform (e.g. Parliament, parties, electoral reform, deliberative democracy).

Dr. Thom Workman can supervise in the areas of 20th century political theory including the Frankfurt School, radical political economy, North American political economy, Marxism and the left, politics and music, experimental political communities and the critical study of war.

Dr. Donald Wright can supervise students interested in Canadian politics, specifically, federalism, foreign policy, and identity politics.

Dr. Joanne Wright provides supervision in the areas of feminist political thought and political theory more generally, as well as in contemporary gender politics (from raunch culture and sexual violence and the law to trans activism in Parliament), and the politics of rights and multiculturalism.  She also supervises students in early modern political thought and social contract theory.


Dr. Joanna Everitt can supervise students in the areas of gender and politics, Canadian politics, New Brunswick Politics, and political behaviour.

Dr. Leslie Jeffrey's areas of research supervision are sex work policy, and global human rights issues.

Dr. JP Lewis can supervise students interested in:  Canadian political institutions, Canadian public policy; Cabinet; Political executive; Civic Education.

Dr. Hepzibah Muñoz-Martinez can supervise student research in:  Latin American politics; urban politics; the global politics of violence; the political economy of drug trafficking; the US - Mexico border; politics of trade, international production and finance; and human rights (particularly enforced disappearances).

For more information contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Suzanne Hindmarch.