Political Science at UWindsor

Dr. John Sutcliffe

Professor and Graduate Chair

Email: sutclif@uwindsor.ca
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2347 or ext 2360
Office: Chrysler Hall North 1155


  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1998 (Social and Political Science)
  • M.A., University of Calgary, 1991 (Political Science)
  • M.A. (Hons) University of Edinburgh, 1989 (Modern History and Politics)

I have been Department Head of Political Science since 2012. Before that I served as Graduate Chair. I began working at the University of Windsor in July 2000.

My current research focuses on the Canada-U.S. border. I am currently studying the impact of the Trump presidency on the functioning and future of the border in collaboration with Dr. Bill Anderson. In addition, I research the reform of the Detroit River border crossing and the policy-making surrounding the possible construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge as well as the twinning of the Ambassador Bridge. I am particularly interested in the impact of community activism and local government engagement in the policy-making process surrounding this policy-making.

My earlier research focused on the place and importance of local government within the European Union and in Canada both as single case studies and in comparative perspective.

  • POLS 2440  Government and Politics in Europe
  • POLS 2680   International Organizations
  • POLS 3260   Local Government
  • Sutcliffe, John B., Bahnam, Katrina, and Shaheen, Tartil 2023. ‘Transit Equity in the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study of Six Ontario Transit Authorities.’ American Journal of Canadian Studies 53(1): 22-41.

  • Sutcliffe, John B. and Cipkar, Sarah 2022. ‘The Role of Neighbourhood Groups in Municipal Governance: A Case Study of Abandoned Buildings in Windsor.’ Canadian Journal of Urban Research 31(1): 33-47. https://cjur.uwinnipeg.ca/index.php/cjur/article/view/331

  • Sutcliffe, John B. and Anderson, William P., The Canada-US Border in the 21st Century: Trade, Immigration and Security in the Age of Trump, Routledge, 1-280, 2019.
  • Megan, Auer; Sutcliffe, John B. and Lee, Martha F., Framing the ‘White Widow’: Using intersectionality to uncover complex representations of female terrorism in news media, Media, War & Conflict, 2018
  • Sutcliffe, John B. and Cipkar, Sarah, Citizen Participation in the Public Transportation Policy Process: A Comparison of Detroit, Michigan, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 26(2), 33-51, 2017
  • Sutcliffe, John B., Big Business and Local Government: Matty Moroun, the Ambassador Bridge and the City of Windsor, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 23(1), 55-73, 2014.
  • Nelles, Jen and Sutcliffe, John B., On the Boundary: Local Authorities, Intergovernmental Relations and the Governance of Border Infrastructure in the Detroit-Windsor Region, Regional and Federal Studies, 23(2), 213-232, 2013
  • Phull, Kiran K. and Sutcliffe, John B., Crossroads of Integration? The Future of Schengen in the Wake of the Arab Spring, The EU and the Eurozone Crisis, 177-195, Ashgate, 2013, Editor(s) - Laursen, Finn.