David B. MacDonald

Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x58049
MCKN 508
Education (doctoral degree): 
PhD International Relations, London School of Economics (LSE)

David B MacDonald is from Treaty 4 territory, and is a full professor and 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 Graduate School of Management (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, 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.”

He has just completed another IG entitled Principal Investigator “Aboriginal-Settler Bi-Nationalism as a form of Reconciliation within a Multicultural context: Can a New Zealand model of Power" He is a mixed race (Indian and white) political scientist whose mother is from Trinidad.

He has just finished his fourth sole-authored book, entitled Rollback, Resurgence, Reconciliation: The Canadian Settler State and Indigenous Genocide (forthcoming with University of Toronto Press). His outputs include 3 other sole authors books, 2 editions of a co-authored text book; 3 co-edited books; 23 Refereed Articles, 26 Refereed Book Chapters, 1 co-edited academic journal special issue, 1 three article symposium within another special issue.

He has also been widely published in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Winnipeg Free Press, the Conversation, and other media outlets.

  • Do We Need Kiwi Lessons in Biculturalism? Considering the Usefulness of Aotearoa/New Zealand's Pākehā Identity in Re-Articulating Indigenous Settler Relations in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, Volume 49, Issue 4 (2016) pp. 643-664.
    • Shortlisted for the 2017 John McMenemy Prize of the Canadian Political Science Association
  • Canada’s history wars: indigenous genocide and public memory in the United States, Australia, and Canada” in Journal of Genocide Research, Volume 17, No 4 (2015) pp. 411-431.
  • Reforming Multiculturalism in a Bi-National Society: Aboriginal Peoples and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol 39, No 1 (2014), pp. 65-86.
  • Australia and New Zealand: Special Relationships in the Anglo-American World”, with Brendon O’Connor in Peter J Katzenstein (ed.) Anglo-America and its Discontents: Civilizational Identities beyond West and East (New York: Routledge, 2012) pp. 176-204
  • The Genocide Question and Indian Residential Schools in Canada”, co-authored with my research assistant Graham Hudson, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol 45, No 2 (June 2012) 427–449.
    • Shortlisted for the 2013 John McMenemy Prize of the Canadian Political Science Association