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Dr. Bernard Fournier

{Dr. Bernard Fournier}
Dr. Bernard Fournier

Assistant professor
Department of Political Science

Research interests
Since the United Nations' Year for Youth in 1985, Dr. Fournier has developed a keen interest in political behaviour with a specific emphasis on young people. He has researched and recognized how youth involved in community movements are likely to become political leaders in the future. Dr. Fournier is also interested in examining the concerns of young people and how they evolve to affect future state and political structures. His current work deals with political behaviour in Canada and Europe, nationalism and identities, distributive justice and the role of the state, as well as global, methodological and epistemological issues in social science. As a political scientist from Quebec, he hopes to examine youth nationalism in Newfoundland in comparison to his home province.

Dr. Fournier was a visiting researcher at the University of Rochester (New York), at the University of California, Irvine, and held the prestigious position of Hoover Chair in Economics and Social Ethics at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Last year, he worked at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, conducting a project with young people on identities and linguistic realities in Brussels through a grant offered by the Ministère de la région de Bruxelles-Capitale. Along with Raymond Hudon, Dr. Fournier edited two books on youth and politics, Jeunesses et politique, published in Quebec City and Paris. With Maryse Potvin and Yves Couture, he edited a recent book on citizenship and individualism, entitled L'individu et le citoyen dans la socété moderne. He is a member of the board of the Political Socialisation and Education research Committee (RC-21) of the International Political Science Association.

Dr. Fournier was born and raised in Drummondville, Quebec, graduated from the Université Laval with a BA and an MA in political science and earned his PhD from the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris. For more information on Dr. Fournier, please go to www.ucs.mun.ca/~bfournie.

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