Jerald Sabin is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Western University and a Research Associate with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation at Carleton University. He earned a doctorate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2016. He is a publisher and journalist, serving as Founding and Managing Editor of Northern Public Affairs (2011-2016).
Sabin’s research interests include Canadian politics, Indigenous-settler relations, Canadian political development, public administration, and identity politics.
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 Indigeneity, faith, and gender/sexuality – 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?
Sabin is the winner of the 2015 John McMenemy Prize for best article in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, titled “Contested Colonialism: Responsible Government and Political Development in Yukon.” He was shortlisted for the 2017 Jill Vickers Prize for “Competing Masculinities and Political Campaigns”, co-authored with Kyle Kirkup.
He co-authored Religion and Party Politics (2017, UBC Press) with David Rayside and Paul Thomas. The book uses the prism of party politics to explore how Canadian governments accommodate diversity, while also managing political conflict rooted in the identity claims of faith communities, sexual and gender minorities, and Indigenous people.
Sabin holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and a Master of Arts (Public Administration) from the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.
He splits his time between the traditional unceded territory of Algonquin Anishinaabeg People and the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Neutral peoples (Crown Treaty Number 29 – Huron Tract Purchase).