Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award Past Recipients

2019 Award Winner


Grace Skogstad (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where she has served as Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough since 2012.

Professor Skogstad has published 10 books and over 100 journal articles, book chapters and policy briefs. Her interest in Canadian agricultural policy led to the publication of two major studies, The Politics of Agricultural Policy-Making in Canada (1987), and Internationalization and Canadian Agriculture: Policy and Governing Paradigms (2008). She helped to pioneer the study of policy networks in Canada. Her edited book, Policy Paradigms, Transnationalism, and Domestic Politics (2011) and her many articles in the top Canadian political science and comparative public policy journals have made her a leading authority on ideas and policy change in Canada, the US and Europe. She is also the co-editor of the most widely read text on Canadian federalism, Canadian Federalism: Performance Effectiveness and Legitimacy, the 4th edition of which will be published in 2020.

Professor Skogstad has trained a generation of Canadian political scientists, supervising or co-supervising 28 PhD Students. Her former students hold tenured positions in a variety of universities, including Exeter in the UK and Yale in the US. Others hold senior positions in the Canadian and Ontario governments. As President of the Canadian Political Science Association, Co-Chair of the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program, and, currently, as the President of the International Public Policy Association, she has also sought to advance the study of Canadian politics and comparative public policy in Canada as well as overseas.

2018 Award Winner


Professor Blais’ research and publications have established important networks linking Canada to the international political science community, as well as encouraging the study of Canada as an important case within the comparative study of electoral politics and election systems. His research has led to breakthroughs in many areas of Canadian politics and comparative politics: political participation, public opinion, voting behaviour, electoral campaigns, democratic accountability, electoral systems, the impact of institutions, and public policy. He is also at the forefront of the use of experimental methods in political science.

2017 Award Winner

Richard Johnston, University of British Columbia

Richard Johnston (PhD Stanford) holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University (Mackenzie King chair, 1994-5), and the University of Pennsylvania. He has held visiting fellowships at Queen’s University at Kingston, the Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung (MZES), and the Australian National University. From 2009 to 2012, he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow attached to the European University Institute. His research falls into three major areas:

Electoral systems, party systems, and parties. This interest spans his entire career and involves close investigation of patterns in Canada and the US. On the Canadian side, much of the work is captured in a forthcoming book with UBC Press, The Canadian Party System: An Analytic History (working title, suggestions welcome!). On the US side, the major contribution is The End of Southern Exceptionalism: Class, Race, and Partisan Change in the Postwar South (with Byron E. Shafer). This book won prizes from both APSA and the Southern Political Science Association.

Communications media and campaigns. This interest dates from his time as Principal Investigator of the 1988 and 1992-3 Canadian Election Studies. These were the first designs for national-scale fieldwork that enabled capturing the ephemera of campaigns and linking them to media quantities. The first product of this research was Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (with André Blais, Henry E. Brady, and Jean Crête), which won the Harold Adams Innis Prize for the best book in the social sciences in Canada. The 1992-93 study resulted in The Challenge of Direct Democracy: the 1992 Canadian Referendum (with Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte). The Canadian work attracted an international audience and led Johnston to the University of Pennsylvania, where he brought the National Annenberg Election Survey into existence. The NAES was fielded in 2000, 2004, and 2008. The most important product of this initiative is The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics (with Michael G. Hagen and Kathleen Hall Jamieson). He is now embarked on a comparative study of campaigns, funded by a SSHRC Insight grant awarded in 2016.

Social capital, diversity and the welfare state. This interest found its first expression in the 1980s with Public Opinion and Public Policy in Canada: Questions of Confidence. It was rekindled in the late 1990s with his participation in a multidisciplinary research group on “Equality, Society, and Community”. It involves ongoing collaborations with Keith Banting, Will Kymlicka, Stuart Soroka, Matthew Wright, and Jack Citrin. The work ranges from survey- and experimentally-based work on civic (and uncivic) orientations to multi-country comparative work on immigration and social spending.

2016 Award-Winners

Keith Banting, Queen’s University

Keith Banting is the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy and a professor in the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies. His research interests focus on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. He has had a long-standing interest in the politics of social policy, and has more recently extended his research agenda to include ethnic diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. He is the author and editor of twenty books, and the author or co-author of a long list of articles and book chapters. His publications have been translated in seven languages.

Professor Banting earned his BA (Hon) from Queen’s University and his doctorate from Oxford University. He taught for thirteen years at the University of British Columbia, before returning to Queen’s. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, Oxford University, the European University Institute, University of Melbourne, and Stockholm University.

In 2004, Professor Banting was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm University, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Lawrence LeDuc, University of Toronto

Lawrence LeDuc is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His publications include The Politics of Direct DemocracyComparing Democracies (with Richard G. Niemi and Pippa Norris), Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (with Jon H. Pammett, Judith I. McKenzie and André Turcotte), and Absent Mandate(with Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett) as well as articles on voting, elections and related topics in North American and European Political Science journals. He is a member of the editorial boards of Electoral Studies and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. In 2013, he was Visiting Senior Research Fellow with the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney. His current research deals with electoral reform, political participation, and direct democracy.

2014 Award-Winners (two)

Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto

Sylvia Bashevkin is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto.  She served in 2005-2011 as the Principal of University College in the University of Toronto. Best known for her research contributions in the field of women and politics, Bashevkin served in 1993-94 as President of the Canadian Political Science Association and in 2003-2004 as the President of the “Women and Politics” Research Section of the APSA.  She is a felloe of the Royal Society of Canada.  Bashevkin is the author of Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2009), Tales of Two Cities: Women and Municipal Restructuring in London and Toronto (UBC Press, 2006); Welfare Hot Buttons: Women, Work and Social Policy Reform (University of Toronto Press and University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002); Women on the Defensive: Living Through Conservative Times (University of Chicago Press and University of Toronto Press, 1998); Toeing the Lines: Women and Party Politics in English Canada (2nd ed., Oxford University Press, 1993); True Patriot Love: The Politics of Canadian Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 1991); and Toeing the Lines: Women and Party Politics in English Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1985), as well as numerous journal articles and chapters in books.

She is the editor of Opening Doors Wider: Women’s Political Engagement in Canada (UBC Press, 2009); Women’s Work is Never Done: Comparative Studies in Caregiving, Employment and Social Policy Reform (Routledge, 2002); Women and Politics in Western Europe (Frank Cass, 1985); and Canadian Political Behaviour: Introductory Readings (Nelson, 1985).