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Jim Farney PhD, MA, BA Director and Professor, JSGS U of R Campus

Director and Associate Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina campus

Areas of Interest

  • Political parties
  • Education policy
  • Canadian politics
  • Institutional change


Jim Farney joined the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy on December 1, 2020, as an associate professor and director of the school's University of Regina campus. Prior to this, Farney served as the head of the U of R Department of Politics and International Studies. 

With a PhD from the University of Toronto and an MA and BA from the University of Saskatchewan, he has published and taught on themes such as political parties, education policy, Canadian politics, and institutional change. 

Farney is the author of Social Conservatism and Party Politics in Canada and the United States and co-editor of Conservatism in Canada and Open Federalism Revisited (forthcoming). A co-investigator in the SSHRC funded Comparative Education Policy Network, he has just finished a book manuscript examining how different Canadian provinces fund and regulate religious and independent schools.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Toronto
  • M.A. in Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan
    B.A. in Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan

Supervisory Capacity

Jim Farney is currently accepting applications from new PhD or MPP students for September 2023 in the areas of: Canadian education policy, provincial institutional and governance change, and Canadian political development.

Recent Grants/Awards

  • 2015. Linda White (PI), Co-investigators Jim Farney (Regina), Clark Banack (York), Phil Triadifilopolous (Toronto). ‘The Politics of School Choice: How Financing and Governance Affect Equality of Access in 21st Century Education Systems’. SSHRC Insight Grant. $240,000. (Farney share $40,000)
  • 2013. University of Regina President’s Research Fund Award ‘Recognition of Group Identity in Canadian Education Governance.’ $4850
  • 2013. Faculty of Arts Dean's Research Award. 'Recognition of Group Identity in Canadian Education Governance'. $2800

Select Publications


  • James Farney and David Rayside (eds). 2013. Canadian Conservatism. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
  • James Farney. Social Conservatives and Conservative Party Politics in North America. University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Book Chapters and Articles 

  • James Farney. 2019. “Cross-Border Influences or Parallel Developments? A Process-Tracing Approach to the Development of Social Conservatism in Canada and the USA.” Journal of Political Ideology 24:2, 139-57.
  • James Farney. 2019. “From Grant to Hayek: The Shifting Nature of Canadian Conservatism”. In David McGrane and Neil Hibbert (eds) Canadian Political Thought. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 21-42. 
  • James Farney and Royce Koop. 2018. ‘Auditing Party Democracy: The Case of Canadian Party Constituency Associations.’ Comparative and Commonwealth Politics 56:1, 84-102.
  • James Farney and Royce Koop. 2017. ’The Conservative Party in Opposition and Government.’ 25-45 In J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt (eds) Slow Right Turn: Conservatives and Canadian Politics 1993-2003. University of Toronto Press.
  • James Farney. 2017. “Stability Amidst Change: Ontario's Religious Schools and Canada's Regime of Secularism” American Review of Canadian Studies spring. 1-15.
  • James Farney. 2016. ‘Potash Development in Saskatchewan: Policy Development in the face of Ideological Change’. Prairie Forum 39:1, 142-157.
  • James Farney and David Rayside. 2013. 'The Meaning of Conservatism' 3-21 in Farney and Rayside, Canadian Conservatism.
  • James Farney 'Canadian Populism in the Era of the United Right' 43-59 in Farney and Rayside, Canadian Conservatism.
  • David Rayside and James Farney. 'The Distinctive Evolution of Canadian Conservatism' 339-353 in Farney and Rayside, Canadian Conservatism.
  • James Farney and Jonathan Malloy, 2011. ‘Ideology and Discipline in the Conservative Party of Canada,’ 247-271 in Pammett and Dornan (eds) The Canadian Federal Election of 2011. Toronto: Dundurn. 
  • James Farney. 2009. 'The Personal is not Political: The Progressive Conservative Response to Social Issues.' American Review of Canadian Studies. 39: 3, 242-253.
  • James Farney and Renan Levine, 2008. 'Canadian Voting Behaviour in Comparative Perspective.' 194-205 in Linda A. White, Richard Simeon, Rob Vipond, and Jennifer Wallner (eds.) The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • James Farney and Bohdan Kordan. 2005. 'The Predicament of Belonging: The Status of Enemy Aliens in 1914 Canada.' Journal of Canadian Studies. 39:1, 74-90.