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Nelson Wiseman

Emeriti Faculty
Canadian Studies
Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science
Campus: St. George

Nelson Wiseman is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto and former Director of Canadian Studies, specializing in Canadian government and politics. His books include Partisan Odysseys: Canada’s Political PartiesThe Public Intellectual in Canada, 1950s Canada: Politics and Public Affairs, and Social Democracy in Manitoba. His book, In Search of Canadian Political Culture, was designated by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title, a designation extended to only three percent of academic publications. He has appeared as an invited witness at several committees of the Canadian House of Commons and the Senate on issues including the drawing of electoral boundaries, the methods by which Canadians vote, and the regulation political party financing. He authored an invited brief on Canada’s fixed election date laws for the United Kingdom’s House of Lords.

  • BA, University of Manitoba
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • Canadian Government and Politics
  • Provincial Politics
  • Political Parties
  • Elections and Voting


  • 1950s Canada: Politics and Public Affairs (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2023)
  • Partisan Odysseys: Canada’s Political Parties (2020)
  • The Public Intellectual in Canada (2013)
  • In Search of Canadian Political Culture (2007: designated an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice)


  • “Reading Prairie Politics: Morton, Lipset, Macpherson,” International Journal of Canadian Studies (2015)
  • “The Constitutionality of Electoral Reform,” Policy Options (2016)
  • “Ideological Competition in the Canadian Party System,” in Alain-G. Gagnon and Brian Tanguay, eds., Canadian Parties in Transition (2017)
  • “Canada’s Ever-Changing Transatlantic Relationships,” La Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po (2018)