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Daniel Béland
Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Daniel Béland is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and James McGill Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University. A student of politics and public policy, he is currently working on research projects focusing on issues ranging from universal social policy and health care reform to the role of ideas in policy development and the relationship between fiscal policy and welfare state development.

Professor Béland has published 20 books and more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Recent books include How Ideas and Institutions Shape the Politics of Public Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Universality and Social Policy in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2019; co-edited with Gregory P. Marchildon and Michael Prince); Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions (University of Toronto Press, 2007; with André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert); An Advanced Introduction to Social Policy (Edward Elgar, 2016; with Rianne Mahon), Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act (University Press of Kansas, 2016; with Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan); Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective (University of Toronto Press, 2015; co-edited with Pierre-Marc-Daigneault); The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy (Oxford University Press, 2014; co-edited with Christopher Howard and Kimberly J. Morgan); The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform in the United States (Georgetown University Press, 2012; co-authored with Alex Waddan), Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research (Oxford University Press, 2011; co-edited with Robert Henry Cox), What is Social Policy? Understanding the Welfare State (Polity, 2010), Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; co-edited with Brian Gran), and Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2008; co-authored with André Lecours). He has also co-edited special issues of the Canadian Journal of Sociology (2004), the International Journal of Social Welfare (2012), Governance (2012), the Revue française de science politique (2014), and Canadian Public Administration (2014). To support his research, he has been awarded five SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) standard research/Insight grants and two Canada Research Chairs (a Tier 2 followed by a Tier 1). Taken together, his awards and grants amount to more than $2.9 million CDN in external funding.

Professor Béland holds a PhD in Political Sociology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), where he returned as a visiting scholar in the spring of 2014. A Part-Time Professor at the University of Southern Denmark from January 2014 to December 2017, he has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and the National University of Singapore, a visiting professor at the University of Bremen, the University of Helsinki, the University of Southern Denmark, and a Fulbright Scholar at The George Washington University and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Before joining McGill University in January 2019, he held a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) at the University of Saskatchewan (Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy).

Professor Béland currently serves as Editor (French) of the Canadian Journal of Sociology and the Co-Editor of the journal Global Social Policy. He is also on the editorial board of Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press) and of several journals, including Governance, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Policy Sciences, and Politique américaine. Between 2006 and 2014, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of Research Committee 19 (Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy) of the International Sociological Association. Since 2014, he has served as President of that research committee. From 2010 to 2013, he also sat on the Academic Council of the Awards to Scholarly Publications Program (Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences). Additionally, Professor Béland is member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and of the Scholars Strategy Network. Finally, in 2014, he was selected to join the initial cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

In addition to his academic work, Professor Béland has participated in numerous training sessions for civil servants, provided policy advice to federal and provincial officials, and testified in front of the Saskatchewan Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission, Standing Senate Committee on National Finance, and the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons (Canada). Moreover, he is very frequently asked to comment on key policy and political issues by Canadian and international media outlets (more than 360 interviews in 2019 alone). He has also published articles in newspapers such as La Presse, The Globe and Mail,The National Post, and The Toronto Star (Canada), and in magazines like Policy Options (Canada), La vie des idées (France), and The Wilson Quarterly (United States).

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