Director, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs
Born in Vancouver, B.C., Kenneth McRoberts attended elementary and secondary school there. He received his B.A. from theUniversity of California, Santa Barbara, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago. In 1969, he joined the Political Science Department, Faculty of Arts, of York University. During his time there he served terms as Director of the Graduate Programme in Political Science and Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.
On July 1, 1999, Kenneth McRoberts was appointed Principal of Glendon College, York University. His appointment was renewed for a second term in 2004; he completed a third term in June, 2014. As of January, 2015, he is serving as Director of the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs.
Kenneth McRoberts has written journal articles, books and book chapters on a variety of topics including Quebec politics, Canadian federalism, language policy, constitutional questions, and comparative nationalist movements. He is the author of Quebec: Social Change and Political Crisis, which appeared in its third edition in 1990 (McClelland & Stewart) as well as in French translation (les Éditions Boréal). Also, he edited Beyond Quebec: Taking Stock of Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1995) and co-edited (with Patrick J. Monahan) The Charlottetown Accord, the Referendum and the Future of Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1993).
Professor McRoberts is also author of Misconceiving Canada: the struggle for national unity, which was published in 1997 by Oxford University Press. The book appeared in French translation with Les Éditions Boréal in 1999. Finally, he authored Catalonia: Nation-building without a State, which appeared in 2001 with Oxford University Press. It also has appeared Catalan translation.
During 2000-1, Professor McRoberts served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association in 2000-1. He was President of the Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne from 2009 to 2011. He also served for six years as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Canadian Studies.
In 2004, Kenneth McRoberts received an honorary doctorate from Université Laval, for his scholarly achievements. The French government has made him an Officier of the Palmes académiques (2004), and Chevalier of L’Ordre national du Mérite (2015). In 2010, the Ontario government awarded him the Prix de la francophonie de l’Ontario. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.