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Dr. Alain-G. Gagnon wins Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award
The members of the Executive of the Canadian Politics Section of the American Political Science Association are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award is Dr. Alain-G. Gagnon, Professor of Political Science at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
The Mildred Schwartz award is given to scholars who have made “significant contributions through their career to the study of Canadian politics, either through development of political analysis of Canada or through incorporating Canada as a significant case in comparative political analyses.” The selection committee, after reviewing the nominations, determined that Dr. Gagnon merits recognition for his truly significant contributions to scholarship about Canadian politics.
Dr. Gagnon currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies at UQAM. Among his many awards and prestigious honours we note he has served as the President of the Academy of Social Sciences, Royal Society of Canada, and received the Governor General's International Award for Canadian Studies. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In reviewing Dr. Gagnon’s nomination materials, the selection committee noted his impressive contributions to the study of Canadian politics generally, and especially concerning Quebec politics and society, federalism and multinationalism. He has written, edited or co-produced over sixty books and almost three hundred journal articles and book chapters along with many additional academic presentations, book reviews and press commentaries.
Dr. Gagnon has studied particular aspects of Canada’s political system and has also viewed Canada in comparative perspective. During his distinguished career he has contributed many highly valued studies such as: L’Âge des incertitudes: essais sur le fédéralisme et la diversité nationale (2011; nominated for the Canadian Political Science Association’s Donald Smiley prize), James Bickerton, Alain-G. Gagnon and Patrick Smith, Ties That Bind: Parties and Voters in Canada, (1999); Alain-G. Gagnon and Mary Beth Montcalm, Quebec: Beyond the Quiet Revolution (1989); Alain-G. Gagnon and François Rocher, “Multilateral Agreement: The Betrayal of the Federal Spirit”, in D. Brown and R. Young, eds., Canada: The State of the Federation (1992); and Alain-G. Gagnon and Guy Lachapelle, “Quebec Confronts Canada: Two Competing Societal Projects Searching for Legitimacy”, published in Publius: A Journal of Federalism, (1996). This sampling of his scholarship demonstrates the breadth of his research interests. He has produced a truly impressive body of knowledge during his career.
We note as well Dr. Gagnon’s scholarship has spread well beyond Canada’s borders. While his works originally were authored in English and French, many have been released in other languages including Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and Italian. Dr. Gagnon’s scholarship has enriched and inspired many generations of university students within Canada and beyond through his contributions to classic texts such as his edited collection on Quebec: State and Society, his popular collection with Brian Tanguay concerning Canadian Parties in Transition, and the seven editions of his classic collection (with James Bickerton) on Canadian Politics.
Further, the nomination letter that the committee received makes the case that Dr. Gagnon “has worked to shed light on the politics of Quebec, to improve relations with Canada’s First Nations communities, and to bridge Canada's two main linguistic communities. ln sum, his work on the organization and future of western states and societies addresses some of the most vexing and significant challenges of our contemporary political condition.”
Congratulations to Dr. Alain-G. Gagnon on being named the recipient of the 2020 Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award.
University of Guelph
APSA Canadian Politics Section President (2019-2020)