Cara Camcastle


Email: ccamcast@sfu.ca

Office Location: AQ 6057

After completing her Ph.D. in political science at Queen's University, Dr. Cara Camcastle was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship and attended the University of California at Berkeley as a visiting scholar. Her successful career includes teaching several years on the faculties of both UBC and SFU, and her peer-reviewed publications include papers in world-class academic journals and a book in the highly respected series of McGill-Queen's University Press: Studies in the History of Ideas.  One of her areas of specialization is Canadian politics.  She studies party ideologies and policies, including those on the environment.  Her expert analysis of election campaigns has been sought by the media.

She also enjoys being in the classroom when students have opportunity to share their ideas and respond to the reactions of others, honing their own thinking and deepening everyone’s understanding. Students are encouraged to apply to contemporary issues the theoretical knowledge that they acquire through lectures and readings.   When she is not teaching Cara enjoys a trip to the ocean, a walk in the woods, or working in the garden. She finds that this reconnection with nature is therapeutic and reenergizing.


Ph.D. in Political Science (Queen's University)

M.A. (University of British Columbia)

B.A. Hon. (University of British Columbia)


Recent Conference Presentations:

Presenter at Roundtable Discussion on the Federal Election 2019 at the Canadian Political Science Association Conference, UBC in June 2019. Commenting on the Green Party and environmental politics.

“Green Political Theorist J. Stan Rowe and the Rights for Nature” presented at British Columbia Political Science Association Conference, Langara College, 2 May 2019.

Recent Media Interviews:

“Greens Won Big in Vancouver. What Will They Stand For? The party is ‘working within a different set of values,’ explains SFU prof.” by Geoff Dembicki   The Tyee  October 29, 2018

CKNW Radio program Simi Sara Show on September 17 on Globe and Mail Leaders’ debate

CBC Radio  The Early Edition  with Rick Cluff on August 7, 2015 on the federal leaders debate and B.C.

CKNW Radio program Simi Sara Show on  August 7, 2015 and  CFAX 1070 Radio with Frank Stanford, August 10 on federal leaders debate

Elizabeth McSheffrey, Vancouver Observer  August 6 “How B.C. can beat Harper in the 2015 election” on strategic voting

Maclean’s August 4, Nancy Macdonald and Ken MacQueen, “Battleground B.C.: Parties look to fulfill desire for change” on the impact of bill c-51 anti-terrorism legislation

Vancouver Sun Video  July 31, 2015 on the impact of the largest campaign in history

Teaching at SFU:

POL 253 Introduction to Public Policy

POL 313 Political Ideologies

POL 322 Canadian Political Parties

POL 329: Selected Topics: Environmental Politics

POL 311 Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Political Thought

POL 329 Selected Topics: Politics of the Canadian Arctic

POL 222 Introduction to Canadian Politics