Jerald Sabin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

PhD, University of Toronto; MA, Carleton University; BPAPM, Carleton University

Post Doctoral Research Program

“Liberalism, Indigenous Government, and Political Development in Northern Canada”

Dr. Sabin’s postdoctoral research program examines the creation of Indigenous governments in Yukon and the NWT after 1995 and how three crucial aspects of liberal democratic practice (e.g. common citizenship, the rule of law, and representative democracy) are changing with the introduction of new governance models whose structure reflects Indigenous political philosophies rather than liberal approaches to state and society. The project seeks to develop an empirically enriched theory of postcolonial liberal democracy and to provide empirical data demonstrating the effect of third-order government on the traditional practice of liberal democracy in Canada.

Research Interests

Dr. Sabin’s research interests include Canadian politics, public law, identity politics, and political discourse. 

His scholarly agenda considers how identity intersects with Canadian liberal democracy, its institutions, legal orders, and practices. Postmaterial and postcolonial identities – including those based in race, gender, and Indigeneity – are increasingly important in Canadian politics. As these identities are constitutionalized within our legal and political systems, his work asks a critical question: what is the future of liberal democracy in Canada? 

To explore this question, he maintains three research programs: 1) Identity, public law, and political development; 2) Identity, legal rights claims, and the public sphere; and 3) Identity, gender, and sexuality.

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books

  • 2017: Rayside, David, Jerald Sabin, and Paul E.J. Thomas. Religion and Canadian Party Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press. 448 pages.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Forthcoming: Sabin, Jerald and Andrea Olive. “Slack: Adopting Social Networking Platforms for Active Learning.” PS: Political Science & Politics.
  • 2014: Sabin, Jerald. “Contested Colonialism: Responsible Government and Political Development in Yukon.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 47.2: 375-396.

Refereed Book Chapters and Studies

  • Forthcoming: Sabin, Jerald. “A Federation within a Fedeation? Devolution and Indigenous Government in the Northwest Territories.” IRPP Study. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy
  • Forthcoming: Sabin, Jerald. “Fiscal Outlier: Yukon in an Austere Age.” Canadian Provincial and Territorial Paradoxes: Public Finances, Services and Employment in an Era of Austerity. Eds. Carlo Fanelli and Bryan Evans. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • 2016: Sabin, Jerald. “Alternatives North: A History.” Care, Cooperation, and Activism in Canada’s Northern Social Economy. Eds. Franc es Abele and Chris Southcott. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 125-140.

Non-Refereed Articles, Media, and Reports

  • 2011: Sabin, Jerald. Yellowknife’s Voluntary and Nonprofit Sector: A Portrait of a Northern Social Economy. Thunder Bay: Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada. 66 pp.
  • 2010: Abele, Frances and Jerald Sabin. “State and Society in a Northern Capital: Yellowknife’s Social Economy in Hard Times.” Working Paper #10-03, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation.
  • 2010: Sabin, Jerald. “Building a Culture of Power Sharing: The Executive.” Northern Ireland: Consolidating the Peace. Ottawa: Forum of Federations, 29-42.
  • 2010: Sabin, Jerald. “Review of Some Like it Cold: The Politics of Climate Change in Canada.” Robert C. Paehlke. Between the Lines. Northern Review, 32: 199-201.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • 2017: Sabin, Jerald. Faith and Equality: Trinity Western University, Legal Education, and the Liberal State.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Ryerson University.
  • 2017: Kirkup, Kyle and Jerald Sabin. “A Queer Embrace: Canadian Political Identity and LGBTQ Rights.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Ryerson University.
  • 2017: Thomas, Paul E.J., Jerald Sabin, and David Rayside. “Religion and the 2017 Conservative Party of Canada Leadership Race.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Ryerson University.
  • 2016: Davidson, Adrienne and Jerald Sabin. “Multilevel Citizenship in the Circumpolar North.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Calgary.
  • 2016: Sabin, Jerald and Kyle Kirkup. “Competing Masculinities and Political Campaigns: Reflections on the 2015 Federal Election.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Calgary.
  • 2016: Sabin, Jerald and Andrea Olive. “Online Learning is Not for Slackers.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association.
  • 2015: Sabin, Jerald. “Comparing Within and Across Northern Canada: Citizenship Regimes in the New North.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Ottawa.
  • 2014: Sabin, Jerald. “Mining Our History: Political Scientists and the Archive.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, Brock University.
  • 2013: Sabin, Jerald and Paul E.J. Thomas. “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Faith Organizing and Party Politics in the Harper Era.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Victoria.
  • 2013: Sabin, Jerald. “Revisiting Carrothers: Settler Society and Constitutional Development in the Northwest Territories.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Victoria.
  • 2012: Kenney-Dalseg, Sheena and Jerald Sabin. “The Economic Legacies of Colonial State Institutions: Can Territorial Governments Foster Economic Wellness?” Paper delivered at Pathways to Prosperity: Northern Governance and Economy Conference, Yellowknife, NWT.
  • 2012: Sabin, Jerald. “Divergent Paths: Revisiting the Political Economy of the Western Arctic.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Alberta.
  • 2012: Rayside, David, Jerald Sabin, and Paul E.J. Thomas. “Faith and Party Polundefineditics in Alberta.” Paper delivered at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association, University of Alberta. 

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2017: Shortlisted for Jill Vickers Prize, Canadian Political Science Association
  • 2016: Shortlisted for Superior Teaching Award (Graduate Instructors), Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto
  • 2015: Winner of the 2015 John McMenemy Prize, Canadian Political Science Association
  • 2007-2011: Held four Ontario Graduate Scholarships

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