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About the Provost

Maureen Mancuso


Dr. Mancuso is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. She earned her BA at McMaster University, her MA at Carleton University and a D. Phil. in Politics from Nuffield College, Oxford University.  Subsequently she served as a parliamentary intern in the House of Commons and held teaching appointments at McMaster and Windsor before joining the Faculty of Political Science in 1992.  In fall 1996, she was a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Congressional and Presidential Studies at the American University.  She became chair of the Department in 1996 and held the position until 2000 when she became Associate Vice-President (Academic) for the University.  Notably, during her tenure as Associate Vice-President (Academic), she implemented numerous changes to the academic curriculum including developing and implementing a very successful program of first year seminars designed to engage new undergrads in the academic community. On March 1, 2004 Dr. Mancuso was appointed Provost and Vice-President (Academic) for a five year term which has since been extended. 

As well as fulfilling her duties as Provost and Vice-President (Academic), Dr. Mancuso continues to teach and work on her own research.  Her main areas of interest include political ethics as well as corruption and scandal.  Over her career Dr. Mancuso has published three books including the SSHRC funded, A Question of Ethics, which examined public opinions on ethics in Canadian politics and was most recently renewed for a 2nd edition in 2006.  She has also contributed several chapters to other books and published numerous academic journal articles.  Dr. Mancuso has appeared as an expert on ethics before numerous parliamentary committees with respect to the reform of ethics legislation.


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