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And the Winner of the Lemieux Prize Is…Glendon Professor Ellen Gutterman


Ellen Gutterman, the newest faculty member of Glendon’s Political Science Department, knew that she had a 25% chance of winning this year’s Vincent Lemieux Prize, as one of the four finalists for the best PhD thesis submitted at a Canadian university within the past two years (see Y File’s report on May 29th). But she was still overwhelmed when she was announced as the winner at this year’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, held at the University of Saskatoon, in Saskatchewan from May 26th to June 2nd.

Gutterman’s thesis, with the title On Corruption and Compliance: Explaining State Compliance with the 1997 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, earned her a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Her work provides a compelling study of why states choose to comply or not comply with important international norms and agreements, through a comparative analysis of the response of four relatively similar states (the United States, Germany, France, and the UK) to the OECD's 1997 Anti-Bribery Convention. The selection committee of the organization disbursing the Lemieux Prize, the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) stated that “…Gutterman provides a novel theoretical interpretation of the puzzle of (non)compliance, focusing on non-materialist considerations concerning the way in which an international norm is articulated within particular domestic political and normative contexts. Her theoretical ideas are well supported by richly textured comparative case studies. Gutterman's combination of theoretical and methodological sophistication, excellent case-based analysis, and clear and compelling presentation mark this out as a particularly outstanding thesis in an area of great interest and importance within the field of international relations.”

The Vincent Lemieux Prize is named after the eminent political scientist, Professor Vincent Lemieux of the UniversitÚ Laval and awarded biennially by the CPSA to the author of the best PhD thesis submitted at a Canadian university within the past two years, in English or in French, in any sub-field of political science.

Now in its 76th year, the Congress of the Humanities is Canada’s pre-eminent academic conference and an important meeting place for new and established academics and researchers. It is the largest annual academic gathering in Canada; its multidisciplinary character marks it as unique in the world, encompassing the entire scope of the humanities.

In 2006, when Congress was held at York University’s Keele campus, approximately 8,000 delegates representing over 68 learned societies came to Toronto from all over North America, Europe, Africa and Asia to present their research and to debate some of the most important social and cultural questions of the day. This year’s event was the largest conference ever held in Saskatoon.

“The awards dinner in Saskatoon [on May 29th] was lots of fun”, says Gutterman. “It was great to be honoured in this way and it felt extra nice to hear the cheers of many supportive colleagues when the presenter called my name. I could not have been more delighted.”

This article was submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on September 7, 2007