About Professor John Meisel
As a leader in Canadian political studies and a professor at Queen’s University since 1949, John Meisel was a pioneer in research on political behavior in Canada, writing widely on political parties, elections, Quebec politics, broadcasting, and culture policy. Throughout his career, he led the broader scholarly community, serving as the founding editor of both the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the International Political Science Review, as well as president of the Royal Society of Canada.
Professor Meisel was also a public intellectual, contributing to public debates over major controversies. During the political battles over the constitution, he worked hard at maintaining intellectual linkages between Quebec and the rest of Canada. A strong supporter of Canadian culture and the arts, he was appointed as chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), overseeing the introduction of pay-TV in the country. His contributions to Canada were recognized in 1989, when he was made an officer of the Order of Canada, and again in 1999, when he was promoted to Companion, the highest grade in the Order.
Charming, engaging, optimistic, enthusiastic: John remains all of these things. As a member of the Queen’s community, John was all of these and more.
He was a wonderful teacher, inspiring generations of students to engage in political and cultural life. As department head, he recruited stellar new faculty, helping to build the department into one of the strongest in the country. He was an enthusiastic mentor, supporting his younger colleagues and drawing them into national and international networks. Long retired but still highly visible on campus, John remains a symbol of the best of the Queen’s tradition.
About the John Meisel Scholar Series
The John Meisel Scholar Series celebrates one of Canada’s leading and influential political scientists by providing a forum for addressing major controversies facing scholars, policy-makers, and the public. Every era generates new challenges that test the imagination and character of a country and its political system. The Series will address major controversies of the day.
Conceived by the Department of Political Studies in 2017, to honour Professor John Meisel, and the important roles he played in the world of political studies and the world of public debate. The event will also highlight the important contributions of Queen’s Political Studies to scholarship and public engagement nationally and internationally.
The selected scholar will visit Queen’s University to engage with the community in a variety of formats. During this time, the scholar will deliver a major public lecture to the Queen’s and Kingston community, followed by a “town hall” style interactive discussion. Beyond the lecture, the Meisel Scholar will also engage in other activities that advance learning and knowledge exchange – including visits to undergraduate and graduate classes, an interview in the local media, and meetings with members of the Queen’s community and friends of the Department of Political Studies.
Colleagues, alumni and community leaders are coming together to recognize Dr. Meisel for the influence he has had on so many Queen’s alumni and for his life’s work in shaping our Canadian political culture in such a meaningful way.
We hope you will consider a gift to honour Dr. Meisel’s contributions to Queen’s University and Canada.