Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I was awarded my PhD in Political Science from York University in 2019, with a focus on Canadian and comparative politics. During my doctoral studies, I spent time as a visiting scholar at the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Guelph, with a joint appointment to the Political Science Department and Community-Engaged Scholarship Institute. I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and was the first person in my family to attend university.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research examines how social inequality intersects with policy-governance regimes and how political scientists can use community engaged research to understand participation in public policy beyond formal political institutions. I engage with race, class, gender, disability and other categories of difference to understand the lived experiences of policy.
One of my current research projects, the Housing on the RUF project, examines how recent housing market dynamics have affected people living with poverty in rural-urban fringe communities. A second research project examines the politics of public budgeting at the municipal level, with attention to participatory budgeting processes. In both these projects, I often work collaboratively with other scholars and community members.
Awards and Achievements
2021 – SSHRC Postdoctoral Scholarship (declined)
2020 – COVID Catalyst Grant – with Dr. Leah Levac
2019 – SSHRC Connection Grant – with Dr. Tobin Haley
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am happy to supervise graduate students in the areas of Canadian politics, democratic participation, social policy, poverty governance, and housing policy.
Haley, T.L. and Pin, L. Injustice in Incentives: Facilitating Research with People Living with Poverty. In Casey Burkholder (Ed.) Leading and Listening to Community: Facilitating Qualitative, Arts-Based & Visual Research for Social Change (accepted, forthcoming).
Pin, L. From Aldermanic Patronage to Aldermanic Menus: Racial Exclusion and the Reinvention of Participatory Democracy in Neoliberal Chicago. Studies in Political Economy (accepted forthcoming).
Pin, L. (2020) Intersections of Race, Class and Citizenship in Participatory Democracy: Interrogating the Racial Dynamics of Participatory Budgeting. New Political Science: Special Issue on Race and Citizenship. https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2020.1840199
Pin, L. (2020). Bridging the Gap between Electoral and Participatory Democracy: The Electoral Motivations behind Participatory Budgeting. Urban Affairs Review. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087420964871
Bernhardt, N. and Pin, L. (2018). Engaging with ‘identity politics’ in the Canadian social sciences. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 51(4): 771-794.
Pin, L. (2017). Does Participatory Budgeting Lead to Local Empowerment? The Case of Chicago, IL Alternate Routes. 28: 114-141.
Gray, M. and Pin, L. (2017). University Branding, Securitization and Campus Sexual Assault at a Canadian University. The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research. 6: 86-110.
Pin, L. (2016). Global Austerity and Local Democracy: The Case of Participatory Budgeting in Guelph, ON. Canadian Political Science Review. 10(1): 72-108.