David B MacDonald is a mixed-race political science professor from Treaty 4 lands in Regina, Saskatchewan, with Trinidad Indian and Scottish ancestry. He is a full professor and in 2017 was appointed as the Research Leadership Chair for the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences. He is also the North American series editor for Global Political Sociology at Palgrave Macmillan.
He has held faculty positions at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris - ESCP Business School (Paris, France). He has a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
His work focuses on Comparative Indigenous Politics in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and the United States. He has also worked extensively in the areas of International Relations, American foreign policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and critical race theory. He is the principal investigator (with co-researcher Sheryl Lightfoot) on multi-year Insight Grant through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada entitled “Complex Sovereignties: Theory and Practice of Indigenous-Self Determination in Settler States and the International System” (2018-2023).
He has recently completed another IG entitled Principal Investigator “Bi-Nationalism as a form of Aboriginal-Settler Reconciliation in a Multicultural Context: What Can Canada Learn from New Zealand's Model of Power-Sharing?” SSHRCC Insight Grant 2013-17; and “Indigenous People and the UN Genocide Convention: A Study of Indigenous Assimilation Policies in Canada” (SSHRCC Standard Research Grant 2009-13.
He is also active on two other SSHRC grants:
- "Transformative Memory: Strengthening an International Network" Co-Applicant on a Partnership Development Grant.
- “Embodying Empathy: Fostering Historical Knowledge and Caring Through a Virtual Indian Residential School” Co-Applicant on a Partnership Development Grant.
He has published 4 sole authored books, as well as numerous edited books, journal special issues, and two co-authored textbooks. He has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Genocide Research, Third World Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Journal of Human Rights, International Relations, and others. His recent books include:
- Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases, First Canadian Edition co-authored with T. Dickovick and J. Eastwood (Oxford University Press Canada, in press, 2020).
- The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation (University of Toronto Press, 2019).
- Populism and World Politics: Exploring Inter- and Transnational Dimensions, co-edited with F.A. Stengel and D. Nabers (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019).
- Introduction to Politics, Second Canadian Edition co-authored with R. Garner, P. Ferdinand and S. Lawson (Oxford University Press Canada, 2016).
He has also been widely published in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Free Press, The Conversation, and other media outlets.