Faculty Based at the IHSP

Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment. Originally trained in upper atmospheric and space plasma physics at M.I.T., Stanford, and Berkeley, Chris subsequently received a PhD in Economics at UBC. Chris' interests are focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of welfare, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy, including the pursuit of overall economic growth and material consumption expansion. In particular, his research makes use of subjective well-being reports to address the relative importance of social and community-oriented aspects of life as compared with material consumption. He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and economic theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits. Chris was a Global Scholar of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR),  affiliated with CIFAR's research programme on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being.

Publications and Contact Information
Chris.Barrington-Leigh [at] mcgill.ca (Email |) Phone: 514-398-2794
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room 205


Jill Baumgartner is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department for Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health. Her research focuses on understanding the determinants of exposure to environmental pollutants, their impact on human health, and appropriate interventions to address them. Dr. Baumgartner completed a joint Ph.D. in Population Health Sciences and Environment and Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010 and a Masters in Population and International Health from Harvard University in 2006. She was a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment from 2011-2013 and held a visiting appointment at Tsinghua University (Beijing) in 2012.

jill.baumgartner [at] mcgill.ca (Email) | Phone: 514-398-6688
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room B7

Frank Elgar holds a Canada Research Chair in Social Inequalities in Child Health.  An Associate Professor jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and Department of Psychiatry (Douglas Institute), Frank received a PhD in psychology from Dalhousie University and previously worked in university and government settings in Canada and Wales. His research is supported by SSHRC and CIHR and explores social and economic determinants of health and human development. Currently this work focuses on links between income inequality, social capital and population health and the effects of financial stress and parental mental illness on child health outcomes.


frank.elgar [at] mcgill.ca (Email) | Phone: 514-398-1739
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room 302

Antonia Maioni is Dean of Arts at McGill University and a Professor jointly appointed in the IHSP and the Department of Political Science. A multilingual Montréaler, Antonia studied at Université Laval, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and Northwestern University. Dr. Maioni has published widely in the field of Canadian and comparative politics, with a particular focus on health policy. Her research has been funded by FQRSC, SSHRC and CIHR. She is past-President of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She comments extensively on Canadian politics, Quebec politics, and health care in both French and English language media across Canada.

antonia.maioni [at] mcgill.ca (Email)

Arijit Nandi  holds a Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Global Health.  He is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health. An epidemiologist by training, Arijit is broadly interested in the impact of social and economic factors on population health. His primary research interests are: (1) assessing multilevel associations between economic characteristics and population health; (2) investigating the relation between social and economic policies and population health and health disparities in a global context; and (3) estimating causal effects of economic interventions on mental health. A former Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard University, Arijit received a PhD from the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

arijit.nandi [at] mcgill.ca (Email | )Phone: 514-398-7849
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room 102

Natalie Stoljar came to McGill in 2006 after holding positions at the Australian National University, Monash University (Melbourne) and the University of Melbourne. Her research is in three areas: feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy (especially moral psychology), and the philosophy of law. In feminist philosophy, she has written on feminist metaphysics, especially the notions of essentialism, realism and nominalism. In social and political philosophy, her work focuses on autonomy and other aspects of moral psychology. She is co-editor (with Catriona Mackenzie) of the 2000 collection Relational Autonomy. Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency and the Social Self (OUP). Her current research is funded by a SSHRC Standard Research Grant “Autonomy and Oppression. A Relational Analysis’ (2010-13). In the philosophy of law, she has published on the notions of legal interpretation, constitutional interpretation and judicial review, and the methodology of law. Prof. Stoljar regularly teaches the Department’s philosophy of law courses (PHIL 348 and PHIL 548). She was Chair of the Department from 2008-2012.

Kristin Voigt is an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Philosophy. She received her DPhil in political philosophy from the University of Oxford and has held post-doctoral positions at McGill, Harvard, Lancaster University and the European College of Liberal Arts. Kristin's research focuses on egalitarian theories of distributive justice and the links between philosophy and social policy. Her recent and ongoing projects address issues such as conceptions and measures of health and health inequality; the use of incentives to improve health outcomes; (childhood) obesity; higher education policy; and smoking and tobacco control.


kristin.voigt [at] mcgill.ca (Email) | Phone: 514-398-5754
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room 303

David Wright is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the History of Health Policy.  He received his BA and MA in History from McGill University and his DPhil (in History) from the University of Oxford. As a post-doctoral research fellow at Oxford he specialized in the history of health and medicine before being appointed Wellcome Trust Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Nottingham. In 1999, David returned to Canada to become the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University, a cross-appointment between the medical school and the History department (1999-2011). David recently returned to McGill and has a cross appointment in the Department of History.  He has two areas of research expertise: the history of mental disorders (including the history of mental hospitals); and, secondly, the transnational migration of physicians in the second half of the twentieth century.

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david.j.wright [at] mcgill.ca (Email )| Phone: 514-398-1292
Office: Charles Meredith House, Room 100 

 Mylene Riva is Assistant professor, jointly appointed in the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Department of Geography. She holds a Research Scholars - Junior 1 award from Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. Mylene is interested in the socio-environmental determinants of Indigenous Peoples’ health and well-being, their distribution between people, between communities, and across time, and how they produce health inequalities. Her current research focusses on: the links between housing conditions and housing interventions, health and well-being in northern settings; community conditions and health in the Arctic; the health and social impacts of mining development. Mylene received a PhD in Public health and health promotion from University of Montreal; she was a postdoctoral fellow in health geography at Durham University in the UK, and held a Banting postdoctoral fellowship at Laval University.

mylene.riva [at] mcgill.ca (Email) | Phone: 514-398-6331

Office: Charles Meredith House, Room B10