Caitlin Tom

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Job Candidates

Sarah Song (Chair); Wendy Brown; Taeku Lee; Kathryn Abrams (Law)
Full CV:
Public Law & Jurisprudence, Race & Ethnic Politics, Canadian Politics
Academic Subfields: 
Political Theory & Philosophy
Personal Statement: 

I am a Postdoctoral Visitor in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College, York University. My research in contemporary political theory centers on questions about democracy and difference. My primary research interests include identity and belonging, citizenship and democratic membership, multiculturalism, and race and ethnic politics.

My current book project argues that there are distinctive reasons of self-definition that justify policies of recognition, in addition to widely discussed reasons of equality. Through an examination of policies of recognition in action I develop principles to guide the practice of recognition. Examples of recognition in practice include state apologies for historical injustice and state-supported museums of human history.

I completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley in 2018. At Berkeley, my reesarch was supported by an Edward Hildebrand Fellowship in Canadian Studies (2015-18) and a Doctoral Fellowship (2012-15) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  Before beginning my doctoral study, I worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Canada, most recently at the Treasury Board Secretariat in the area of Aboriginal Affairs.  I hold an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, where I was supported by a SSHRC Master's Scholarship and was a Junior Fellow at Massey College.  I also hold a B.A. in Politics (Honors) and Economics from Oberlin College.

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