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Joanna Quinn
RSC Council | President, College of New Scholars
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Joanna R. Quinn, Associate Professor, Political Science, Western University

Joanna R. Quinn is President of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.  She is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Western University, where she is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law and affiliate-appointed to the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.  Dr. Quinn’s research considers the role of acknowledgement, or the recognition of past events, in overcoming the effects of human rights abuses after conflict.  She is interested in its potential to affect real and lasting change.  She has written widely on the role of acknowledgment in truth commissions and in customary law in Uganda, Haiti, Canada, Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Canada.  Her current project considers how to flip the switch to make people care about what has taken place in post-conflict societies.  She holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University, a Master’s from Acadia University, and a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo.  

  • RSC Massey Fellow, Massey College
  • Fellow of the Broadbent Institute
  • Western Research Fellow