Kristin Good

Associate Professor / Graduate Coordinator


Phone: (902) 494-1944
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 344, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6283 Alumni Crescent, PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Canadian political institutions and constitution
  • Canadian city politics and governance
  • municipalities
  • comparative urban politics
  • federalism
  • intergovernmental relations and multilevel governance
  • local (municipal) immigration and diversity policy
  • Indigenous-newcomer relations in cities
  • Indigenous-municipal relations and decolonizing local government

Kristin R. Good is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University with a cross-appointment to the Law, Justice and Society program.   

Her research focuses on local (municipal) immigration policymaking - with a current interest in the potential of such processes to contribute to decolonization and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples - as well as critically interrogates municipalities’ constitutional significance and status in Canada.  Among her most significant works are two books: Municipalities and Multiculturalism:  The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver (2009), which won the Canadian Political Science Association’s 2010 Donald Smiley Prize for the best English-language book published on Canadian politics in 2009 and has been quoted by the Supreme Court of Canada (in 2021); and her co-edited (with Drs. Luc Turgeon and Triadafilos Triadafilopolis) Segmented Cities?  How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics (UBC Press, 2014).  Her more recent work has appeared not only in standard academic fora but also as papers in variety of more public-facing venues such as the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto) and the Institute for Research on Public Policy (Montreal).  Dr. Good has also written for the Toronto Star, Policy Options and contributed to SLoGLaw (State and Local Government Law) blog. She is a founding co-editor (with Dr. Martin Horak) of the McGill-Queen’s Studies in Urban Governance book series.

Selected Publications
Good, Kristin R., 2021. Reconsidering the Constitutional Status of Municipalities: From Creatures of the Provinces to Provincial Constitutionalism, Essay no. 8, Montreal, Institute for Research on Public Policy. Available online:

Good, Kristin R. 2019.  "The Fallacy of the 'Creatures of the Provinces' Doctrine:  Recognizing and Protecting Municipalities' Constitutional Status," IMFG Papers on Municipal Finance and Governance, No. 46, Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto.  Available at:

Good, Kristin R.  2019.  "Municipal Immigration Policymaking in Canadian Cities:  The State of the Art," in Caponio, T., Scholten, P. and Zapata-Barrero, R. Eds. The Routledge Handbook of the Governance of Migration and Diversity in Cities. Abington, UK: Routledge, pp. 216-227.

Good, Kristin R.  2016.  "Municipal Political Parties:  An Answer to Urbanization or an Affront to Traditions of Local Democracy?," in Gagnon, Alain-G. and Brian Tanguay. Eds.  Canadian Political Parties in Transition.  Toronto:  UTP, pp. 432-464.

Good, Kristin R., Luc Turgeon and Triadafilos Triadafilopolis. Eds.  2014.  Segmented Cities?  How Urban Contexts Shape Ethnic and Nationalist Politics.  Vancouver:  UBC Press.

Good, Kristin R. Ed. 2014.” Reopening the ‘Myth of the North American City Debate’”[Special issue] International Journal of Canadian Studies, 49, 7-249.

Good, Kristin R.  2014. “Governing Immigrant Attraction and Retention in Halifax and Moncton:  Do Linguistic Divisions Impede Cooperation?,”  (Chapter 13) In Luc Turgeon, Martin Papillon, Jenn Walner and Steve White eds.  Canada Compared:  Citizens, Government and Policy.  Vancouver: UBC Press.

Good, Kristin R.  2009.  Municipalities and Multiculturalism:  The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, pp. 349.