About Antonia Maioni

Antonia Maioni is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University, and was appointed on July 1st, 2016.

She is a Full Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. She previously served as Associate Vice-Principal for Research and International Relations and, from 2001 to 2011, she held the position of Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and William Dawson Scholar.

She teaches in public policy, Canadian and Quebec politics, as well as in the Faculty of Medicine and the Desautels Faculty of Management. Her research has been funded by SSHRC, CIHR, FRQSC, Max Bell and Universities Canada. She has published widely in the fields of Canadian and comparative politics.

On the national scene, Professor Maioni served as President of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013-2015, as a board member of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She is now a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

For many years, Professor Maioni sought to provide a public education and knowledge dissemination function as a frequent media commentator on public policy, Canadian and Quebec politics, in both English and French. As a political analyst for CTV News, she covered every Quebec and Canadian election from 2007 to 2019. She was a regular contributor to the Toronto Star from 2006 to 2008, and wrote a monthly op-ed on Quebec politics for the Globe and Mail, from 2011 to 2016.

Professor Maioni is also active in mentorship for the next generation of leaders, having served as a member of the Board of the Sauvé Scholars program, as a former advisor in the Action Canada Public Policy program, and on the Executive Team of the Banff Forum. She has also served on the boards of her Montreal alma maters, the Sacred Heart School and the Priory School.

Antonia Maioni holds a B.A. from Université Laval, an M.A. from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. She has been a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies at Harvard University and the European University Institute, and a visiting professor in the North American Studies center at Duke University, the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and St. George’s University School of Medicine.



PhD, Northwestern University
MA, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
BA, Université Laval

Research areas

  • Canadian Politics
  • Comparative Government and Politics

Areas of interest

  • Health Care Reform in Canada and the United States
  • Social Policy and the Welfare State
  • Comparative Politics
  • Provincial Politics, Quebec Politics
  • Political Parties
  • Canadian Political Process



Articles & Book Chapters

  • Health Care in Canada and the United States” in David M. Thomas and David N. Biette, Canada and the United States: Differences that Count 2014 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press), pp. 254-272.
  • “Canada” in James A. Morone and Dan Ehlke, Health Politics and Policy(Nelson/Cengage), pp. 398-404.
  • “What Moves Public Opinion on Health Care?” (with S. Soroka and P. Martin), Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 38, No. 5 (March 2013).
  •  “Health Care” in Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad, eds, Canadian Federalism, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 165-182.
  • “Transformación del Estado de bienestar canadiense”, in Gustavo Vega Cánovas e Irina Alberro, Canadá: Gobernabilidad democrática y política exterior in una época de crisis y cambio internacionales (México: El Colegio de México, 2011), pp. 127-149.
  •  “Citizenship and Health Care” International Journal of Canadian Studies, no. 42 (Fall 2010)
  • “Health Care in Quebec”, in Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Jarrett Rudy et al. (Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • « Health care reform in the 2008 US presidential election » International Journal, Volume LXIV, No. 1 (Winter 2008-09), pp. 135-144.
  • “Health Care in Crisis: What’s Driving Health Reform in Canada and the United States?” (with Theodore R. Marmor), One Issue, Two Voices, Issue 9 (April 2008), (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars).
  • (with C. Manfredi) « L’arrêt Chaoulli et la judiciarisation des politiques de santé » dans François Béland, Le privé dans la santé : Les discours et les faits (Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2008), pp. 264-280.
  • “Health Care in Canada” in Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad, eds, Canadian Federalism, 2nd edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 161-181.
  • (with A. Quesnel-Vallée and M. Bourque) “In the aftermath of Chaoulli v. Quebec:  Whose opinion prevailed?” Canadian Medical Association Journal, Oct. 24, 2006, vol. 175 (9).
  •  (with C. Manfredi) "The Last Line of Defence for Citizens: Litigating Private Health Insurance in Chaoulli v. Québec." Osgoode Hall Law Journal 44.2. 249-71 (Fall 2006)
  •  "Les litiges fondés sur les droits et l'émergence du rôle des tribunaux dans l'élaboration des politiques en matière de santé." Ruptures: Revue transdisciplinarie en santé, 11.1 (2006): 32-55 (Automne 2006).
  •  (with C. Manfredi) “Reversal of Fortune: Litigating Health Care Reform in Auton v. British Columbia,” Supreme Court Law Review (2d) 29 (2005, pp. 111-136).
  •  “From Cinderella to Belle of the Ball: The Politics of Primary Care Reform in Canada” in Ruth Wilson, S. E. D. Shortt and John Dorland, eds., Implementing Primary Care Reform: Barriers and Facilitators (Montreal: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2004), pp. 97-109.
  • “Roles and Responsibilities in Health Care Policy” in Tom McIntosh, Pierre-Gerlier Forest, Gregory P. Marchildon, eds., The Governance of Health Care in Canada: The Romanow Papers, Volume 3 (Toronto: University  of Toronto Press, 2004), pp. 169-198.
  • “Tobacco Control in Canada” (co-author with Christopher P. Manfredi), Unfiltered:  Conflicts over Tobacco Control and Public Health, edited by Ron Bayer and Eric Feldman (Harvard University Press, 2004), pp. 68-88.
  • Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Rachel McKay and Antonia Maioni, “Federal Interventionism in Health Policy: Back to the Future?” in Lisa Birch and Frqançois Petry, eds, Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government: 353 Promises and a Mandate for Change (Presses de l’université Laval/UBC Press, 2019), pp. 151-163.
  • Antonia Maioni and Theodore R. Marmor, “Healthcare in Canada and the United States,” in Paul Quirk, ed., The United States and Canada: How Two Democracies Differ and Why it Matters (New York: Oxford University Press), pp. 242-265.
  • J. Zeidan, K. Shikako-Thomas, A. Ehsan, A. Maioni and M. Elsabbagh, “Progress and gaps in Quebec's autism policy: a comprehensive review and thematic analysis” Canadian Journal of Public Health, Aug;110(4):485-496.
  • Gabriel Arsenault, Olivier Jacques et Antonia Maioni, « Les services de garde subventionnés: l'exception du Québec dans le contexte fédéral » Étude IRPP, No. 67, avril 2018.
  • Antonia Maioni and Christopher P. Manfredi, “Pushing the Boundaries of Tobacco Control Policy: The Canadian Experience,” in Catherine Régis, Lara Khoury and Robert Kouri, Health Law at the Frontier: Les rencontres en droit de la santé, Éditions Yvon Blais, pp. 279-307.
  • Antonia Maioni and Christopher P. Manfredi, “Courts and conflicts in health policy” in Lara Khoury & Catherine Régis, Eds, Les Grands conflits en droit de la santé, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2016.
  • “Health Care in Quebec”, in Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies for the Twenty-First Century, 2nd edition. ed. Stéphan Gervais, et al. (Oxford University Press, 2016).



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