Keith G. Banting, CM FRSC
DPhil, Political Science (Oxford)
Keith Banting is the Queen’s Research Chair in Public Policy and a professor in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies. His research interests focus on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. He has had a long-standing interest in the politics of social policy, and has recently extended this research to include ethnic diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. He is the author or editor of twenty books, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His publications have been translated in seven languages, and he has received a number of important awards. In 2004, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stockholm University, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Professor Banting earned his BA (Hon) from Queen’s University and his doctorate from Oxford University. He taught for thirteen years at the University of British Columbia, before returning to Queen’s. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics, the Brookings Institution, Harvard University, Oxford University, the European University Institute, University of Melbourne, and Stockholm University.
In the field of social policy, Dr. Banting is the author of Poverty, Politics and Policy (Macmillan) and The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Recently, he edited (with Jon Medow) Making EI Work (McGill Queen’s University Press; and he is the editor (with John Myles) of the book, Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics (UBC Press).
In the field of multiculturalism, he is the editor (with Will Kymlicka) of Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies (Oxford University Press), and the editor (with Thomas Courchene and Leslie Seidle) of Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada (Institute for Research on Public Policy). Recent articles include “Is There a Progressive’s Dilemma in Canada: Immigration, Multiculturalism and the Welfare State”, Canadian Journal of Political Science (2010); “Minority Nationalism and Immigrant Integration in Canada,” Nations and Nationalism, 2012 (with Stuart Soroka) and "Is There Really a Retreat from Multiculturalism Policies? New Evidence from the Multiculturalism Policy Index", Comparative European Politics (with Will Kymlicka).
In addition, Professor Banting is the co-director, along with Will Kymlicka, of the Multiculturalism Policy Index project, which monitors the evolution of multiculturalism policies across the Western democracies. The MCP Index project is designed to provide information about multiculturalism policies in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of state-minority relations - see www.queensu.ca/mcp.
Professor Banting has played a variety of leadership roles during his career. At Queen’s, he has been an associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1989-92) and Director of the School of Policy Studies (1992-2003). He was appointed to the governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1986-1992), and for the last two years was Vice President of the Council. He also served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association (2009-2010). He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Royal Society of Canada, as well as a member of the editorial board of several international journals and the board of directors of research institutes in Canada and abroad.