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Félix Mathieu

Félix Mathieu Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 6L11
Building: Lockhart Hall
Phone: 204.786.9396
Email: f.mathieu@uwinnipeg.ca


Félix Mathieu holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal (B.A. and M.A. from Université Laval), for which he received the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. Before joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg, where he teaches mostly in the field of Canadian politics, Professor Mathieu was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Catalonia, Spain).

Winner of a 2018 Political Book Prize from the National Assembly of Québec, he has presented his research findings in dozens of countries and published articles in some of the most important scientific journals in his field, such as Publius: The Journal of FederalismNations and Nationalism, Canadian Journal of Political ScienceSupreme Court Law ReviewEthnicities, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism. With Dr. Dave Guénette, Prof. Mathieu has co-designed the Societal Culture Index (SCI), an analytical tool to study and compare the relative “institutional capacity” of minority nations evolving in multinational democracies.

Professor Mathieu is co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science / Revue canadienne de science politique, in charge of the French-speaking section. He is also a regular political analyst for ICI Manitoba, Radio-Canada and LaPresse+.

His current research project focuses on second chambers in multinational federal systems.


Research Interests:

Canadian politics, Quebec studies, comparative federalism, nationalism, multiculturalism/interculturalism, constitutional studies, public opinions in Canada.


Selected Publications:


Mathieu, Félix (2022). Taking Pluralism Seriously. Complex Societies Under Scrutiny. Montréal and Kingston, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Coll. Democracy, Diversity and Citizen Engagement.

English version of Les défis du pluralisme à l’ère des sociétés complexes. Québec, Presses de l’Université du Québec, Coll. Politeia (2017), 294 p.

Brie, Evelyne and Félix Mathieu (2021). Un pays divisé : identité, fédéralisme et régionalisme au Canada. Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, Coll. Diversité et démocratie. [English version in preparation]

Mathieu, Félix, Dave Guénette and Alain-G. Gagnon (Eds.) (2020). Cinquante déclinaisons de fédéralisme : théorie, enjeux et études de cas, Québec, Presses de l’Université du Québec, Coll. Politeia, 682 p. Available in Open-Access.

Mathieu, Félix and Dave Guénette (Eds.) (2019). Ré-imaginer le Canada : Vers un État multinational?, Québec, Les Presses de l’Université Laval, Coll. Diversité et démocratie, 417 p. Available in Open-Access.


Research Articles

Mathieu, Félix, 2022, “Minority Nations v. Constitutional Architectures: A Critical Appraisal of Unitary and Federal Models of the Modern State”, Nations and Nationalism, 28 (3): 825-840.

Mathieu, Félix and Catherine Charron, 2021, “L’américanité, ou la destruction tranquille du patrimoine. Essai de sociologie politique sur le ‘mal patrimonial’ au Québec", Ethnologies (Journal de l’Association Canadienne d’Ethnologie et de Folklore/Journal of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada), 43(1): 55-80.

Lamy, Guillaume and Félix Mathieu (2021). “Les quatre temps de l’interculturalisme au Québec”, Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique, 53 (4): 777-799.

Mathieu, Félix and Marc A. Bodet (2019). “Interpreting National Trajectories with Gellner, Anderson and Smith: The Case of Quebec”, Revista d’Estudis Autonòmics i Federals – Journal of Self-government, No 29: 17-50.

Mathieu, Félix and Dave Guénette (2018). “Introducing a Societal Culture Index to Compare Minority Nations”, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 48(2): 217-243.

Mathieu, Félix (2018). “The Failure of State Multiculturalism in the UK? An Analysis of the UK’s Multicultural Policy for 2000-2015”, Ethnicities, 18(1): 43-69.

Mathieu, Félix and Guy Laforest (2016). “Uncovering National Nexus’s Representations: The Case of Québec”, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 16(3): 378-400.