John McGarry was born in Northern Ireland in 1957 and emigrated to Canada in 1981. He received his BA from Trinity College Dublin and his MA and PhD from the University of Western Ontario. He taught at the University of Western Ontario and University of Waterloo before moving to Queen's University in 2002, where he is currently a professor of political studies and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy. McGarry has advised governments and appeared as an expert witness before a committee of the U.S. Congress. In 2008-09, he served as the first senior advisor on power-sharing at the United Nations (Mediation Support Unit, Department of Political Affairs). He is presently the lead advisor on governance to the UN-led negotiations in Cyprus. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of the [Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal].