Janice Gross Stein

She is a pioneer in at least three fields of political science: negotiation theory, foreign policy decision-making and international conflict management.

Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Munk School for  Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is the co-author, with Eugene Lang, of the prize-winning The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar. Her most recent book is Diplomacy in the Digital Age.  She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a Trudeau Fellow in 2003. She was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate. She has received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta, the University of Cape Breton, McMaster University, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. 

"My fellowship with the Trudeau Foundation has enlarged and enriched the circle of colleagues who share an abiding interest in public space. Public space is fragile – at times, endangered – and we need to work hard to safeguard and enlarge it so that citizens can talk to one another. The Foundation is a wonderful enabler of people who are trying, in so many different ways, to push out the boundaries of public space."

Professor Stein was appointed a regular member of the Foundation for a five-year term on 17 March 2015.


  • April 25, 2016
    The Middle East is experiencing the systematic collapse of a political order put in place one hundred years ago. This breakdown is creating ripples far beyond the region, pushing refugees up against an increasingly tightly wound Europe and exporting ideologies and ideologues that promote violence around the world. The breakdown of order can be remarkably quick, but the construction of a new order is painfully slow. How then should Canada deal with a part of the world that is likely to remain turbulent and violent for the foreseeable future yet is important to the world and to Canadians?
  • January 31, 2012
    The University of Toronto reappointed 2003 Trudeau Fellow Janice Gross Stein as head of the Munk School of Global Affairs for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2012.