Clare McGovern

Lecturer

Political Science

Clare McGovern

Lecturer

Political Science

Education

  • Honours B.A., University of Oxford
  • M.A., University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Research and Supervision Fields

  • Separatism
  • Human Rights
  • Canadian Legal System
  • Youth Engagement in the Political System
  • Teaching Practice and Community Engagement

Teaching Streams

  • Justice and Law
  • Diversity & Migration
  • Research Methods & Analysis
  • Public Policy and Democratic Governance

Biography

My research explores why separatist parties engage in the political systems they want to leave. I examine this question using the Scottish National Party in the British Parliament, the Bloc Québécois in the Canadian Parliament and Catalan nationalist parties in the Spanish Parliament. I am also interested in the boundary between legal and political systems: when are some policy debates decided by the courts rather than politicians? This question is inspired by my background in the criminal justice system. After my law degree before working for the UK National Audit Office. In that job, I reported to Parliament on English prisons and peacekeeping missions in the Balkans. After moving to Canada, I completed my doctorate at UBC. My post-doctoral fellowship at Quest University focused on teaching methods.

I’ve used these experiences to design courses on human rights, separatist movements, political participation, Canada’s constitution and qualitative methods. As a teaching faculty member, I have several ongoing projects exploring innovation in teaching. I used a recent Teaching and Learning Development Grant to develop community partnerships for my first-year classes. My ongoing projects include developing a training program for TAs (with Sanjay Jeram) and building a database of classroom-based political simulations (with Daniel Westlake at Queen’s University).