Andrew Potter

Andrew Potter is an associate professor (professional) and Graduate Program Director at the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

A former journalist, between 2011 and 2016 Andrew Potter was managing editor and then editor in chief of the Ottawa Citizen, and from 2006 to 2011 he was a public affairs columnist for Maclean's Magazine. He is also a former Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Potter is the author of The Authenticity Hoax: How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves, and the co-author, with Joseph Heath, of the best-selling book The Rebel Sell: Why the Culture Can't be Jammed.

Andrew Potter holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto and did postdoctoral work at the Université de Montreal. He studied Philosophy as an undergraduate at McGill, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993.

Courses offered:

Professional Development Workshop: Persuasive Writing

Core Policy Course: The Canadian Political and Policy Landscape

Policy Case Study: Building a Military Coalition in Afghanistan

Complexity Seminars: The Ethical Dimension of Policymaking, State Capacity for Policymaking


PhD in Philosophy, University of Toronto

BA in Philosophy, McGill University 




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