RGCS student fellows

Graduate students, 2018-19

  • Frederick Armstrong
  • Aberdeen Berry
  • Kelsey Brady  
  • Cameron Cotton-O'Brien
  • Alec Crisman
  • Megan Cudmore
  • Emily Douglas 
  • Nicholas Dunn         
  • Cameron Fleming
  • Anthony Imbrogno
  • Lucas Jerusalimiec 
  • Kieran Jimenez
  • Jimmy Lim
  • Eliot Litalien   
  • Tereza Monkova       
  • Jemma Pritchard
  • Derval Ryan
  • Muhammad Velji
  • Vertika
  • Yang Yi
  • Jun-Han Yon    

Doctoral fellows receive office space in Ferrier 402, and are expected to take an active part in the intellectual life of RGCS.


Student fellows (BA, MA, LLB/BCL)

The McGill Research Group on Constitutional Studies(http://www.mcgill.ca/rgcs/
https://www.facebook.com/RGCSMcGill) is accepting applications for its 2018-19 Student Fellowship.
RGCS brings together the study of political theory, political and legal philosophy, constitutional and public law, and empirical political science about constitutional institutions (the judiciary, federalism, separation of powers, etc.) It aims to unify these within an overarching research agenda on the foundations, institutions, and principles of political societies. "Constitutional" is construed broadly. It encompasses both the modern sense of the word (the fundamental institutions of a society's formal political and legal order, including institutional and legal norms limiting and directing political decisions) and the ancient (concerned with the match between political regime sand the societies they govern, and so concerned with the norms and rules governing family life, economic relations, and social orders). It includes some fifteen faculty researchers in Political Science, Philosophy, andLaw; postdoctoral fellows; a group of Ph.D.students; and this Student Fellowship of undergraduates and Master's students. RGCS is a unit of the Yan P. Lin Centre for the Study of Freedom and Global Orders in the Ancient and Modern Worlds.
Eligibility: Most of theFellowship's membership will be Arts undergraduates (U2 or later) studying political theory and related fields (including political science, philosophy, intellectual history, and the other social sciences, but background preparation in political theory and philosophy is a primary consideration). Pursuing an Honours course of study is an advantage but not a requirement. A limited number ofFellowswill be admitted from the MA programs in political science and philosophy and/or from the BCL/ LL.B program in Law.
Award: $500, plus free copies of the books. 18-20Fellowswill be selected. Students graduating in December are eligible for membership in thefellowship, but will not receive the full stipend or the full allotment of books. For everyone except returning undergraduate fellows, a strong preference is given to students who will be able to take part in the full year of activities.
The RGCS Student Fellowship meets 3-4 Thursdays per month 4:30-6 pm (and so Fellows should protect that block of time), for two kinds of activities.
1)The first, and primary, activity is a reading group with members of the RGCS faculty.The reading group is not a for-credit reading course and cannot be taken as one. Fellows are expected to do the agreed-upon reading, to take an active part in discussion, and (of course) to attend. They will receive the appropriate books as part of the fellowship.
Fellows are expected to attend the reading group regularly, to do the reading in a timely fashion, and to take an active part in discussion. The group works as a sustained conversation over months, and can't succeed without continuity from week to week.

In 2018-19 we will read a number of works of political theory and literature from the era of the French Revolution and the decades that followed, with themes that include the question of whether the Revolution and/or the Enlightenment that preceded it was tied up with a kind of hubris about human reason. Authors are likely to include Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Herman Melville, and Mary Shelley.
Thesecond activity is linked totheRGCSLecture Series, which will feature speakers onthevalues, institutions, and principles of a free society a few times over the course of the year. They take place in the same time slot, Thursdays 4:30-6 pm.
Fellows are expected to attend all of the lectures, and will be invited to take part in small group meetings with the speakers as well (normally a dedicated dinner). The first question at the lectures is reserved for a member of the Fellowship.
Other activities
Fellows will also be occasionally invited to other talks, seminars, and conferences in political theory, political philosophy, constitutional law, and the history of political thought; unlike attendance at the lectures, participation in these is optional. There are sometimes small group meetings with visiting speakers outside the RGCS Lecture Series, in recent years including Saskia Sassen, Timur Kuran, and Charles Taylor. And sometimes RGCS is able to secure space for a fewFellowsat other kinds of events; in recent years these have included lectures by UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, novelist Margaret Atwood, and Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature; and a workshop with Templeton Prize winner Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. And sometimes there are sessions for Lin Centre-affiliated students, including the RGCS Fellows/
When possible, RGCS supports other academic opportunities for Student Fellows, including ARIA rearch assistanceships with members of the RGCS faculty and support for travel to summer academic conferences, seminars, and workshops.
To apply, please e-mail rgcs.mcgill [at] gmail.com by 5 pm on August 27. The e-mail should contain:
1) Your year and program (e.g. "U3, Joint Honours Political Science and Philosophy," "MA1, Political Science")
2) the courses you have taken in political theory, political philosophy, the history of political thought, constitutional law, jurisprudence, or related fields (e.g. the history of economic thought), including instructor's name and term/year, and the grades you received in them;
3) a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your educational/ career goals after graduating fromyour current program;
4) copied-and-pasted at the bottom of the e-mail (not as an attachment), your "unofficial transcript" from Minerva. (Not applicable to MA1 students.)
You may also include 5) mention of any exposure you have had to political theory and related fields outside of formal coursework, such as conferences and workshops you've attended.