John McGarry

John McGarry exemplifies Canadian expertise in conflict resolution and peacekeeping and is actively engaged in the critical negotiations currently taking place in Cyprus.

John McGarry specializes in ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, and particularly on how power-sharing and federalism can be used to promote peace, stability and prosperity in deeply divided polities. John is particularly interested in the design of political institutions such as the executive, legislature and judiciary, and in how to decentralize (or non-centralize) power so that local communities are self-governing. John’s work has both an academic and a public policy dimension. He has worked on several deeply divided polities, including Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Iraq, seeking to find ways for these to work so that they accommodate the state's different communities

John McGarry was born in Northern Ireland in 1957 and emigrated to Canada in 1981. He received his BA from Trinity College Dublin and his MA and PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He taught at the University of Western Ontario and University of Waterloo before moving to Queen's University in 2002, where he is currently a professor of political studies and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy. McGarry has advised governments and appeared as an expert witness before a committee of the U.S. Congress.  In 2008-09, he served as the first senior advisor on power-sharing at the United Nations (Mediation Support Unit, Department of Political Affairs). He is presently the lead advisor on governance to the UN-led negotiations in Cyprus. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

  • July 12, 2016
    John McGarry, a 2011 Trudeau fellow who was recently made an officer of the order of Canada received the social sciences and humanitiesCanada Council for the Arts Molson Prize in July.The prize allows recipients to contribute to the cultural and intellectual heritage of Canada. Read his interview in The Whig newspaper.
  • June 30, 2016
    A total of six members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation were appointed to the Order of Canada among the 113 new appointments announced by the Governor General of Canada on 30 June 2016. This honour recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
  • December 2, 2014
    In November 2014, Trudeau fellows Janine Brodie (University of Alberta) and John McGarry (Queen’s University) were the two recipients of the Royal Society of Canada’s prestigious Innis-Gérin Medal for their distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences.
  • April 9, 2013
    2011 Trudeau Fellow John McGarry is one of five recipients of a 2013 Killam Prize. Valued at $100,000 each, Killam Prizes are awarded for career achievement in the fields of health sciences, social sciences, engineering, natural sciences, and the humanities. The selection committee members include scholars, researchers, and experts. The Killam Prize presentation ceremony will be held at Rideau Hall on 23 April 2013.
  • February 11, 2013
    Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
    2011 Trudeau fellow John McGarry and 2012 Trudeau mentor Bernard Richard have been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Professor McGarry's medal was awarded him by the Royal Society of Canada, which selected just 30 of its 2070 members for the honor. Mr. Richard's medal was given him by PLAN Canada, an organization of which he is the Chairman of the Board.