PhD thesis

Dr. Doug McAdam – Social Movements: Power from Above and Below (FSI 2010) (Darlings, I would normally embed the video, but something really weird is happening with YouTube’s embed tools ATM) Doug McAdam

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The University of Toronto Department of Political Science website lists the requirements for completing a PhD: Field 1 (Canadian Politics: 2012-13) Field 2 (Public Policy: 2013-14) Qualitative Methods Requirement (2014) Quantitative Methods Requirement (waived from undergrad and Oxford MPhil coursework) Field Examination in Field 1 and Field 2 (February 2014 and January 2016) Thesis Committee […]

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I just finished a new research proposal on campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns in Canada. I am in the middle of a series of meetings with faculty members, working both to refine it into something the department will approve and to establish a committee.

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All talk of Robarts begins with architecture, The way it hangs over the campus, making no excuses about its material of construction. The catalog is less often mentioned, but deserves more consideration. It’s akin to a good chunk of Amazon and the Library of Congress, available instantly and for free. You don’t even need to […]

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I had a marvellous time in Ottawa, getting spoiled by my friends Andrea and Mehrzad, getting to know their newborn son, and getting some portraits for the growing family. A few things are happening in the next week or so, but job #1 is to persist with my recruitment campaign for a new supervisor. A […]

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Here’s the converse of having fairly clear expectations of the future: suddenly having to start thinking about all sorts of long-term choices with no confidence about where in the world I will be after a certain date. It may be that I will be leaving the PhD program and, in that case, I really don’t […]

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Charley Tilley has studied social movements overall and activism specifically as a set of “contentious performances”, in which organizers choose from a “repertoire” on the basis of who they want to influence and what opportunities exist for doing so. Repertoires which are familiar can easily become stale and ineffective, as Micah White discusses in the […]

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I went into my thesis proposal presentation on Tuesday with the hope that it would meet with general approval and that I would soon be moving on to seeking ethical approval and beginning research. Things have worked out dramatically differently, and I am now engaged in an intense effort to write an entirely new proposal […]

I have assembled a pretty comprehensive to-do list for the next while. I have assignments to grade for the environmentalism and social media course where I am a teaching assistant, and a coordination meeting with the other TA. Tomorrow, I am doing faculty and PhD student portraits for the department of political science. Saturday we […]

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Saying mainstream environmentalism now reflects the interests and concerns of the rich is like coming upon a river of spawning salmon and noting the colour red. There are naturally many shades of difference. Not all of the mainstream, everywhere, has to the same extent come to embrace markets, corporations, and technologies as solutions. Nor does […]

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