Political Science

Dr. Alex Rivard


Political Science


Rivard, Alex B. and Mackenzie Lockhart. “Government Preferences, Vote Choice, and Strategic Voting in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science: Accepted for publication

Marc André Bodet, Alex B. Rivard, Véronique Boucher-Lafleur, and Catherine Lanouette.“Assembly Size and Electoral Distortion in an SMP System” Representation: https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2022.2091013

Cutler, Fred, Alexandre Rivard, and Antony Hodgson. “Why Bother? Supporters of Locally Weaker Parties Are Less Likely to Vote or to Vote Sincerely.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 55(1): 208-225.

Rivard, Alex B. and Eric Merkley. 2021. “What Moooves Opinion? Examining the Correlates and Dynamics of Mass Support for Supply Management in the Agriculture Sector.” The Canadian Journal of Political Science 54(3): 674-695

Rivard, Alex B. and Jocelyn McGrandle. 2020. “By-Elections in Québec: Signs of Discord, Dissatisfaction, or Simple Dialogue?” Canadian Political Science Review 14(1): 55-76.


PhD in Political Science, University of British Columbia

MA in Public Policy and Public Administration, Concordia University

BA in Political Science, Concordia University

Dr. Andrei Golobokov

Dr. Andrei Golobokov’s research interests center around International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics, with a particular focus on Eurasia. His regional area of expertise is Russia / China – Russia relations. Andrei has teaching experience in Canada, the U.S., China, and Russia. He teaches Introduction to International Relations and Politics, Russia/Eurasia in the World, Great Powers in the Asia-Pacific, Governments, Ideologies, and International Organizations.

As a Fulbright Scholar in 2017 – 2018 (the University of Louisville, US), Andrei developed a study on great power strategy in the Asian-Pacific region. The courses he designed tackled key debates about global and regional security, economics/IPE, and the developing world order.

Between 2015 and 2020, Andrei published a number of articles and a book chapter, mostly analytical and empirical papers. The results of his study were presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Korea-Russia, and China-Russia Forums. His current research project is the nature of the level of analysis and great power engagement types in international institutions, including the security framework on the Korean Peninsula (Six-Party Talks), Shanghai Cooperation Organization, etc.


Political Science


M.A., Political Science University of British Columbia 2021

Ph.D. in Political Science Far Eastern Federal University, 2012

M.A. and B.A. in International Relations Honors, Graduated with High Distinction Far Eastern State University, 2004


Golobokov A.S. (2021) The effects of “thick reinforcement” in the Six-Party Talks _International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

Golobokov A.S. (2019) Russian Naval Activity in the Asia–Pacific: The Herald for a New Alliance? _The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis

Golobokov A.S. (2017) Contemporary Foreign Policy of China, Russia, and the United States in the Asia-Pacific. International Relations (Russia)

Golobokov A.S. (2016) Russia in the APR: the role, interests, and priorities of regional security and economic development in interests, tasks, prospects (co-authored with Sevastyanov S.V., Lukin A.L., etc.). Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok.

Golobokov A.S. (2016) Various forms and mechanisms of Chinese-Russian cooperation in the energy sphere and the role of non-governmental structures. Pacific Science Review.

Previous Appointments

Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia
Research Assistant, University of British Columbia
Associate Professor, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service
Instructor, Far Eastern Federal University

Professional Societies

Association for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies
International Federation of Journalists
International Academy of Ecology and Life Protection Sciences

Current Research Projects

Great powers engagement in international organizations

Additional Information


POLI 100: Modern Western Politics

An overview of the main themes in political science and international relations.

POLI 101: Challenges in Contemporary Canadian Politics

An introduction to Canadian politics including the function of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial levels. Topics examined include political economy in Canada, federal-provincial relations, Quebec and separatism, and Canadian political parties.

POLI 201: International Politics

An introduction to the principal issues in international politics.

POLI 210: Environmental Politics

This course analyzes the political dimensions of the reciprocal influence between Canadian society and its environment. The values that form the bases for different positions in debates on environmental issues are examined. Canadian environmental policy is compared to that of other countries.

POLI 220: Politics of the Arctic

The Arctic seabed contains a treasure trove of natural resources, such as oil fields, natural gas, and iron ore becoming more accessible as the ice covering melts permanently. Five Arctic nations, Canada predominant, are claiming the right to exploit. This course examines the contested nature of political sovereignty. There are disputes among states over just where the precise boundaries lie. Some of the disputes that will be considered involve the Beaufort Sea, the Northwest Passage and the Arctic Seabed. What positive contribution could the Canadian government make to ensure that the Arctic remains peaceful? Non-governmental institutions could play a beneficial role. While some political actors view the Arctic primarily as a source of natural resources, the same region is the home of aboriginal people. Which policy alternatives will best prepare the Inuit and other Canadian aboriginals to take advantage of climate change in the Arctic?

POLI 230: Government & Politics of the U.S.

This course fosters informed decision by examining the political system of the United States and covers all the major institutions and processes in American politics and government: Congress, the presidency, the courts, federalism, political parties, elections, interest groups, the media, political values and culture, public opinion and public policy-making.

POLI 240: Foundations of Western Political Thought

Basic ideas of political thought are analyzed in this course by following the development of citizenship, a vital element of democracy. Should the duties and rights of citizens be minimized to achieve greater individual freedom? How would a definition of citizenship including the experiences and contributions of women and men influence democracy? What obligations do citizens have to future generations and other inhabitants of planet Earth? On what ethical framework should the judgments and actions of citizens be founded? Discussion will be in light of the writings of eminent theorists, such as Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Burke, Locke, Pope Leo XIII, Machiavelli, Maistre, Maritain, Mill, Rousseau, and Wollstonecraft.