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Prof. Robert Vipond

Office Phone: 416-978-2846
Office Location: SS 3008
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: N/A
BA University of Toronto (1975)
MA University of Toronto (1977)
AM Harvard University (1979)
PhD Harvard University (1983)

Interested in American and Canadian politics understood historically. This approach spans a variety of subject areas: federalism (Liberty and Community); constitutional theory (“Rights Talk in Canada in the Late Nineteenth Century”); ideational diffusion (“The Civil Rights Movement Comes to Winnipeg”); healthcare (“The Virus of Consumerism”); and the discipline of political science (The Comparative Turn). He is currently working on a book, tentatively entitled The Making of a Global City, which explores changing ideas of citizenship through the history of a Toronto public school.

Selected Publications:


Liberty and Community: Canadian Federalism and the Failure of the Constitution (SUNY, 1991).

The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science (edited with Linda White, Richard Simeon and Jennifer Wallner, (UBC Press, 2008).


“Rights Talk in the Late Nineteenth Century: ‘The Good Sense and the Right Feeling of the People,’” (with R.C.B. Risk), Law and History Review (1996).

“The Virus of Consumerism,” (with Gina Feldberg), in D. Drache and T. Sullivan (eds), Market Limits in Health Reform: Public Success, Private Failure (Routledge, 1999).

“The Civil Rights Movement Comes to Winnipeg: American Influence on Canadian Rights Talk, 1968-71,” in S. Newman (ed.), Constitutional Politics in Canada and the United States (SUNY, 2004).