Linda Cardinal, PhD



Linda Cardinal, professor at the School of Political Studies, is chairholder of the Chaire de recherche sur la francophonie et les politiques publiques of the University of Ottawa. Her research interests are language and politics, linguistic policies and linguistic minorities (Canada, Europe and the world). She is also known for her work on the themes of identity and citizenship in Canada and Québec politics as well as federalism, institutions, political représentations and the history of ideas. As an international expert who contributes to the research on Canada’s francophone minorities in Canadian politics, she has also published numerous articles and directed several works related to these themes. From 2001 to 2004, she directed the journal of political science ” Politique et societies “. From 2002 to 2004, she was the chairholder of the Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies of University College Dublin; and from 2006 to 2007, the chairholder of the Chaire en études canadiennes of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3. From 2006 to 2012, she co-chaired the search committee Language and Politics of the International Association of Political Science, and in 2012 she was elected both as a member on the Board of executives of the International Political Science Association as well as a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Ottawa. In 2013, she was elected at the Royal Society of Canada. In 2014, she was nominated Chevalière in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques of the French Republic.

Research Insterests

  • Language and Politics
  • Language policies and language regimes
  • Francophones outside Québec
  • Relationship between law, history and politics
  • Issues of modernity and identity Québec, Ireland and United Kingdom
  • History of Ideas in Québec and in French Canada


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University of Ottawa, Faculty of social Sciences, School of Political Studies
120 University
Ottawa (ON) K1N 6N5

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