Rémi Léger

French Cohort Program Director; Professor
Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-The Politics of Language
-Multiculturalism and Minority Rights
-Theories of Justice, Recognition and Empowerment
-Canadian Political Thought

Teaching Streams

-Public Policy and Democratic Governance
-Justice and Law
-Diversity and Migration


  • Honours BA, Université de Moncton
  • MA, University of Alberta
  • PhD, Queen's University


I am interested in the history of ideas, particularly how social groups adopt ideas and translate them into political claims, and how states convert ideas into public policies. Most of my research has focused on the politics of language in Canada, including the political claims of community-based organizations and the development of language policies. These debates revolve around ideas of justice, equality, and power. My current research project examines the political claims for recognition and empowerment of linguistic minorities in Canada and internationally, as well as state responses to these claims.

At SFU, I am currently serving as the Director of the French Cohort Program in Public & International Affairs, where I teach political science courses en français. Outside SFU, I recently served as editor of the journal Francophonies d’Amérique (2017-2022) and Chair of the Research Committee on the Politics of Language at the International Political Science Association (2016-2021). I regularly discuss language politics in Canada with various media outlets.

Please see my personal website to find more information about my publications and my current research.


2023. “Language Policy and Planning and the Role of the State.” In Michele Gazzola et. al. (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. London: Routledge, p. 89-100.

2022. La francophonie de la Colombie-Britannique : Éducation, diversité, identités. Presses de l’Université Laval (with Geneviève Brisson, eds.).

2022. “Justin Trudeau and the Multinational State: Québec, Indigenous Peoples, and the Canadian francophonie.” Jahrbuch des Föderalismus, no. 23: 423-438 (with Jean-Rémi Carbonneau and Nicolas Houde).

2020. La Confédération et la dualité canadienne. Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval (with Valérie Lapointe-Gagnon, Serge Dupuis and Alex Tremblay Lamarche eds.)

2019. Le Canada dans le monde: Acteurs, idées, gouvernance. Montréal, Presses de l’Université de Montréal (with Aude-Claire Fourot, Jérémie Cornut et Nicolas Kenny eds.)

2018. “Les hauts et les bas de l’action politique: luttes pour l’éducation en français en Colombie-Britannique.” Linguistic Minorities and Society no. 9: 196-216 (with Nicholos Poullos).

2018. "The Politics of Multilingualism in Canada: A Neo-institutional Approach.” In Peter Kraus and François Grin (eds.), The Politics of Multilingualism: Europeanisation, Globalisation and Linguistic Governance. Amsterdam: John Benjamins (with Linda Cardinal).