Philip Oxhorn

Associate Provost (International) and Professor of Political Science, McGill University

Philip Oxhorn is Associate Provost (International) and a Professor of Political Science at McGill University. Prior to that, he was the Founding Director of McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Latin American Research Review. His research focuses on the comparative study of civil society and its role in supporting democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. Professor Oxhorn’s publications include Sustaining Civil Society: Economic Change, Democracy and the Social Construction of Citizenship in Latin America (Penn State University Press, 2011) and Organizing Civil Society: The Popular Sectors and the Struggle for Democracy in Chile (Penn State University Press, 1995), as well as numerous articles and four co-edited volumes: What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market? Latin America in the Age of Neoliberalism (with Graciela Ducatenzeiler, Penn State University Press, 1998), The Market and Democracy In Latin America: Convergence or Divergence? (with Pamela Starr, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1999), Decentralization, Civil Society, and Democratic Governance: Comparative Perspectives from Latin America, Africa, and Asia (with Joseph Tulchin and Andrew Selee Woodrow Wilson Center Press/the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and Beyond Neoliberalism? Patterns, Responses, and New Directions in Latin America and the Caribbean (with Kenneth Roberts and John Burdick, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). His current research focuses on a comparative study of the citizenship rights of Indigenous Peoples from the perspective of contested sovereignty and the limits this places of the development of civil society. It is based on case studies from Canada, Ghana and Mexico. Professor Oxhorn has lectured extensively in North and South America, Africa, Western Europe, Asia and Australia. He complements his academic work with an extensive background in policy analysis, focusing on governance issues, corporate social responsibility (particularly with regard to the extractive sector), public-private sector partnerships, sustainable development, food security and the rights of Indigenous peoples. He has worked as a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Population Fund, Global Affairs Canada, the International Development Research Centre, the Department for Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, Canada, the MasterCard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, The Carter Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Mining Association of Canada. He has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University.

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