Department of Political Science

Dr. Edna Keeble

Dr. Edna Keeble

Professor, Political Science Department

BA (DePaul), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Dalhousie)

Office: McNally North 407
Phone: 902-420-5443

Edna Keeble (Ph. D., Dalhousie University, 1994) is a Professor of Political Science and served as Department Chair for six years (2003-2004; 2009-2014). Her current teaching and research ‌interests centre on Canadian foreign policy, re-definitions of security, and linkages between politics, gender and sexuality. Since joining the Department in 1990, she has been committed to being a well-rounded scholar and has balanced her teaching and research with a commitment to service, not only to the university but also to her profession and larger community.

Teaching Focus

Politics and Sex; Canadian Foreign Policy; Gender and International Relations; Issues in International Security

Significant Career Contributions/Recognition

Teaching: She is a recipient of three teaching awards: the 2006 Father Stewart Medal for Excellence in Teaching at Saint Mary's University; the2007 SMUSA Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education; and the Association of Atlantic Universities' (AAU) 2007 Distinguished Teacher Award. She was the Saint Mary's University Teaching Scholar, 2008-09.

Research: Her research has focused on security and has broadly covered the themes of national security, feminist definitions of security, and human security. She has written along both more traditional and critical feminist lines on her work on security, but her record goes beyond scholarly writing. She has been part of two substantial projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency : one addressing prostitution in the Philippines funded through the University Partnerships in Cooperation and Development (UPCD) Tier 2 Linkage Project Grant (1999-2004); and the other focusing on security and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region funded through the Bilateral Partnerships Program (1997-2000; 2000-2003). In addition, she was part of a three-year (2003-2006) collaborative, university-community research and public education project on security and immigration funded by Status of Women Canada and Canadian Heritage.

Service: Since joining Saint Mary's in 1990, she has been heavily involved in the university and has sat on numerous committees and boards, including the Senate and the Board of Governors. Outside of the university, she was a member of the Advisory Board of Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy (1997-2000), was an inaugural member of the federal government's Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security which advised the Public Safety and Justice Ministers (2005-2009), and was a member of the Canada Border Services Advisory Committee (2007-2010).

Selected Publications and Presentations

2016. Keeble, Edna. Politics and Sex: Exploring the Connections between Gender, Sexuality, and the State. Toronto: CSPI/Women’s Press.

2014. Keeble, Edna. “The Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security as a Response to Radicalization." Religious Radicalization and Securitization in Canada and Beyond. Eds. Paul Bramadat and Lorne Dawson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2010. Panel Presenter (with Maher Arar and Simon Potter). Panel: “Secure Partnership: US and Canada's National Security Policies,” Symposium on Counter-Terrorism and Civil Liberties, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, March 4-5.

2009. Keeble, Edna. “'Smartening Up': How an award-winning teacher learned how to teach first-year students.” Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Fredericton, N.B., University of New Brunswick, June 17-20.

2009. Ralston, Meredith and Edna Keeble. Reluctant Bedfellows: Feminism, Activism and Prostitution in the Philippines. Sterling, VA: Kumarian Press.

2008. Keeble, Edna. “Who Speaks for Muslim Women?: Voice, Community and Security in the Post-9/11 Era.” Paper Presented to the Oxford Round Table: “Women in the Modern World: The Struggle for Equality,” Lincoln College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. March 16-21.

2008. Keeble, Edna. “Engaging/Engaged Students: Identities, Interconnectedness and the iGeneration.” Paper Presented to the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference. San Jose, CA, February 22-24.

2007. Bramadat, Paul and Edna Keeble. “Religious Identities in a Securitized Environment.” Paper submitted to John Biles, Director, Partnerships and Knowledge Transfer, CIC, in fulfillment of contract. December.

2007. Presenter. Plenary Session on “Multiculturalism under Attack? Canadian Security in the Post-9/11 Era.”.9th National Metropolis Conference. Toronto, March 1-4.

2007. Crocker, D., A. Dobrowolsky, E. Keeble, C. C. Moncayo and E. Tastsoglou. Security and Immigration: Changes and Challenges. Ottawa: Status of Women Canada and Canadian Heritage.

2007. Keeble, Edna. “Getting Our Attention in First-Year Courses: Students with Talent or Those with Motivation?” in Atlantic Universities Teaching Showcase 2006 , eds. Allyson Hajek and Elizabeth Noseworthy. St. John's: Memorial University of Newfoundland: 183-195.

2007.Keeble, Edna. “Canadians and Global Beneficence: Human Security Revisited.” In Engaged Philosophy: Essays in Honour of David Braybrooke , eds. Susan Sherwin and Peter K. Schotch. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

2007. Dempsey, Paul and Edna Keeble. “Dodging Icebergs and Talking Policy: HMCS MONTREAL's Northern Deployment.” Canadian Naval Review Vol 2, No 4 (Winter): 19-24.

2006. Keeble, Edna. “Response to Questions Posed by the Department of Justice Research Project Expert Perspectives on Government Policy Regarding Racial Profiling .” Department of Justice Contract. January.

2005. Keeble, Edna. “Immigration, Civil Liberties, and National/Homeland Security.” International Journal Vol 60, No 2 (Spring): 359-372.

2005. Keeble, Edna. “Defining Canadian Security: Continuities and Discontinuities.” The American Review of Canadian Studies Vol 35, No 4 (Spring): 1-24.

2005. Presenter. Plenary Session on “Globalization and Security: Do Borders Still Matter?” 10th International Metropolis Conference. Toronto, October 17-21.

2004. Keeble, Edna. “Final Report on the Halifax Dialogues Process.” Project Final Report submitted to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). January.

2003. Keeble, Edna and Meredith Ralston. “Discourses and Feminist Dilemmas: Trafficking, Prostitution and Sex Trade in the Philippines.” In Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Policy, ed. C.T. Sjolander, H.A. Smith and D. Stienstra. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

2000-01. Keeble, Edna and Heather A. Smith. “Institutions, Ideas, Women and Gender: New Directions in Canadian Foreign Policy.” Journal of Canadian Studies Vol.35, No 4.

1999. Keeble, Edna and Heather A. Smith. ( Re)defining Traditions: Gender and Canadian Foreign Policy . Halifax: Fernwood Press.