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Provost Anthony C. Masi's Biography

Prof. Anthony C. Masi was reappointed to a second five-year term as Provost of McGill University starting on 1 July 2010.

In 1979, after having completed a Ph.D. in sociology-demography at Brown University (Providence, RI, USA), Prof. Masi began his own teaching and research career at McGill in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts. Prof. Masi has taught statistical analysis and computer applications in social science research, population and society, and the sociology of the labour force at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His innovative course syllabi and early use of web and internet tools were included in several editions of the American Sociological Association’s teaching resource materials.

Prof. Masi began administrative work at McGill by transforming the Social Science Statistics Laboratory into a Faculty-wide information technology support service, of which he was the first Director. He also served the Faculty of Arts as an Associate Dean. In 2000, he became the Vice-Principal (Information Systems and Technology). Principal Heather Munroe-Blum named him Deputy Provost and Chief Information Officer in April 2003, Interim Provost in March 2005, and Prof. Masi was appointed as Provost of McGill University in December 2005.

Over the course of his academic career, Prof. Masi has been a visiting professor in Italy at Bari (1987; 1994) and Pisa (1990) and he was the first non-Italian citizen to be the Jemolo Fellow in Italian Studies at Nuffield College, Oxford (1993). Between 1996 and 2003, he was a visiting research fellow at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. He has published on industrialisation and labour force issues and has presented papers in Mexico, Russia, Germany, Poland, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Australia.

In addition to having regularly held competitively awarded research grants and supervising graduate students, Prof. Masi was McGill’s signatory on a major Canada Foundation for Innovation infrastructure project that led to the establishment of campus-based research data centres for accessing Statistics Canada survey information. He is currently a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory board to Canada’s Chief Statistician. Prof. Masi serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of Italy’s National Research Council. In June 2012, he was designated as a “Cavaliere in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy”, and in February 2013 he was named one of the recipients of Canada’s “Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal”.