Ian Brodie


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Educational Background

PhD Political Science, University of Calgary, 1997

MA Political Science, University of Calgary, 1992

BA Political Science, McGill University, 1990

Courses in Regression Analysis and Game Theory ICPSR, 1995


Ian Brodie is Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Fellow at the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies.  He is also Program Director at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, a Fellow of the Halifax International Security Forum, and Chair of the Research Committee at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Ian Brodie was Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that, he worked as Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada and as Chief of Staff to the Opposition Leader. Brodie returned to campus in 2013 after four years with the InterAmerican Development Bank.  

He has worked at the highest level of politics and public policy as a senior member of the team that created the Conservative Party of Canada and propelled Stephen Harper into the Prime Minister's Office. Combining his academic training and political experience, he wrote At the Center of Government, an bestseller in politics. 

A double alumnus, Brodie finished his PhD in the Department of Political Science under the supervision of the Dr. F.L. Morton. Brodie then taught for six years at the University of Western Ontario before heading to Ottawa. 

Brodie continues to contribute to conservative political thinking and organizing in addition to his duties at the University of Calgary. In 2022, he served as Chair of the Conservative Party's Leadership Election Organizing Committee. 


Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
POLI 321 Politics & Govt in Canada Fall 2022
POLI 440 Campaigns and Elections Fall 2022
POLI 451 Public Administration Winter 2023


  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 1994
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Izaak Walton Killam Trust. 1994
  • Ralph Steinhauer Award of Merit, Government of Alberta. 1994
  • Governor General's Gold Medal, 1992


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