Keith Banting



  • Advisor
  • Boundaries, Membership & Belonging


  • Queen's University
School of Policy Studies, Department of Political Studies


  • Canada


BA Honours, Queen’s University
DPhil, University of Oxford


Keith Banting’s research focuses on the politics of social policy and the politics of multiculturalism in Canada and other democratic countries.

The author or editor of many books, journal articles and book chapters, Banting is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. He is also co-director of the Multiculturalism Policy Index project, which is designed to provide information about multiculturalism policies in a standardized format that aids comparative research and contributes to the understanding of state-minority relations.

Professor Banting has held a variety of leadership roles in the academic community. At Queen’s, he has been an associate dean of Graduate Studies and Research (1989-92) and Director of the School of Policy Studies (1992-2003).  He was appointed to the governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1986-1992), and for the last two years of his term was Vice President of the Council. He also served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association (2009-2010). 


Mildred A. Schwartz Lifetime Achievement Award in Canadian Politics, Canadian Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, 2016

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013

Honorary Doctorate, Stockholm University, 2012

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2012

Member, Order of Canada, 2004

Relevant Publications

Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka. 2017. Eds., The Strains of Commitment: The Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies. Oxford University Press. 

Keith Banting and John Myles. 2015. Eds., Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Keith Banting, Thomas Courchene and Leslie Seidle. 2007. Eds., Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy, ix, 697 pp..

Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka. 2006. Eds., Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, xv, 405 pp.

Keith Banting, 1987. The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, xii, 226 pp. Second Edition, 1987, ix, 263 pp.