Political scientist awarded Trudeau Fellowship

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Political scientist awarded Trudeau Fellowship

Expert in gender and the armed forces, St茅fanie von Hlatky is one of only four Canadians to receive the prize.

By Communications Staff

June 14, 2024


Dr. St茅fanie von Hlatky on a site visit in Kosovo with the NATO Kosovo Force. (Credit: NATO)

Dr. St茅fanie von Hlatky on a site visit in Kosovo with the NATO Kosovo Force. (Credit: NATO)

Queen鈥檚 researcher St茅fanie von Hlatky (Political Studies) has earned a coveted Trudeau Fellowship, one of only four scholars across Canada to earn this honour in 2024. The Fellowships are awarded by the Montreal-based Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, which acts as gateway for bold, cutting-edge researchers to have meaningful impact in their communities and institutions.

Recommended by their peers, Trudeau Fellows are recognized nationally for their research excellence and skills in academic teaching and mentoring. During their three-year term they support the leadership development of "," graduate students aiming to translate their ideas into action, and help to advance research and public dialogue on issues of critical important to Canada and the world.

"I am very committed to research leadership, so receiving this honour is particularly meaningful for me personally, but also very relevant for my role as Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Science. I'm joining an incredible community of scholars, and I am particularly keen on the mentorship component with students holding the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholarship."

鈥 St茅fanie von Hlatky

Associate Dean (Research), Arts and Science

St茅fanie von Hlatky

Dr. von Hlatky is recognized internationally for her work in security and gender equality. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Security, and the Armed Forces and her pioneering research explores the intricate connections between gender equality and global peace and security. These research contributions are imperative at a time when the international security environment is experiencing unprecedented challenges.

"Canada is set to significantly increase its defence budget over the coming years. It is vital that we engage in a national dialogue about the country鈥檚 global role," says Dr. von Hlatky. "Updating Canada鈥檚 feminist foreign policy is essential. It鈥檚 important for the public to understand how taxpayer dollars are being used to uphold our national interests and values on the global stage, especially as the rules-based international order faces severe threats."

Dr. von Hlatky's research also highlights the rise in importance of gender-based disinformation and the use of sexual violence in conflicts. Her findings reveal how these tactics are employed by state and non-state actors to undermine democratic values and international stability. Her expertise has been influential in formulating effective responses to these challenges 鈥 she has provided expert testimony to NATO, advised parliamentary committees, and contributed to the development of military doctrine and training programs.

Dr. von Hlatky stresses the importance of evidence-based policymaking, especially in an era where misinformation is rampant and institutional trust is declining. Her research aims to bridge the gap between academic scholarship and practical applications 鈥 a core skill she will look to develop with the Trudeau Scholars.

"Connecting my research interests to these broader policy challenges feels purposeful and provides an opportunity for my mentees to think about the practical applications of their projects," she says.

Dr. von Hlatky joins three Queen鈥檚 University faculty members who have previously won a Trudeau Fellowship 鈥 Will Kymlicka (Philosophy), John McGarry (Political Studies), and Norman Vorano (Art History and Art Conservation). For more information on the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, visit the .

With files from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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