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Christopher ManfrediWelcome to the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. With approximately 6000 undergraduate and graduate students, 270 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 18 academic departments, 20 interdisciplinary programs and a School of Social Work, the Faculty of Arts is the largest, and the most diverse, Faculty in the University.

Despite this diversity, the humanities and social science disciplines that constitute the Faculty share a common endeavor: to understand the human condition in order to improve it. This objective unites all the Faculty's teaching and research activities: from philosophical reflections on the nature of justice to the theory and practice of second language acquisition; from the study of ancient and modern literature and culture to sophisticated measurement of social phenomena; and from the study of modern media to contemporary debates about economic, social and health policy.

Over the past six years the Faculty has added an unprecedented number of new professors. These include recent graduates of the world's best universities and established scholars with outstanding records of achievement. These new members of the Faculty have heightened the considerable level of intellectual energy and dynamism that already exists among the teachers and scholars they have joined.

The social sciences and humanities are the soul of the University. Education in the Faculty of Arts, both undergraduate and graduate, gives students the tools to understand their world and to make it better. As Dean, I am committed to ensuring that the Faculty of Arts remains on the leading edge of intellectual endeavour.

Christopher P. Manfredi,
Dean of Arts


Professor Manfredi received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Calgary and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University (California). He is a scholar and authority on the role of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, in democratic societies, principally Canada and the United States. His research focuses on law and the courts with a particular emphasis on the political and policy impact of rights litigation. He has held or still holds research grants from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Donner Canadian Foundation and the Max Bell Foundation. Professor Manfredi has published extensively in academic and professional journals and is a highly regarded political and legal commentator. His books include: Judicial Power and the Charter: Canada and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism; The Supreme Court and Juvenile Justice; and Feminist Activism in the Supreme Court: Legal Mobilization and the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund. He also co-edited The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Reflections on the Charter after Twenty Years.