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John McGarry

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Professor of political studies
Queen's University

    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 has taught in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University since 2002, where he is currently Stephen Gyimah Distinguished University Professor. McGarry has advised many governments, and the United Nations, on power-sharing and ethnic conflict resolution. 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 currently the lead advisor on governance to the UN Good Offices Mission in Cyprus.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2010) and an Officer of the Order of Canada (2016).  He is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), the Killam Prize in the Social Sciences (2013), the Molson Prize in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2016) and the Pearson Peace Medal (2022).