Kristin Good

Associate Professor


Phone: (902) 494-1944
Mailing Address: 
Department of Political Science Rm 344, 3rd Floor, Henry Hicks Bldg Dalhousie University, 6299 South Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Canada’s model of ethnocultural and linguistic pluralism
  • City politics and governance
  • Comparative ethnic relations
  • Comparative urban politics
  • Comparative method
  • Ethnic relations
  • Federalism and intergovernmental relations
  • Immigration policy
  • Immigration and urban governance
  • Linguistic minorities (politics of and policy)
  • Local government
  • Multiculturalism and citizenship
  • Multinational diversity in cities
  • Social science methodology

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.   

She is best known for her research on local immigration and diversity policies, particularly her Municipalities and Multiculturalism:  The Politics of Immigration in Toronto and Vancouver (2009), which won the Canadian Political Science Association’s Donald Smiley Prize in 2010.  Her current research on local immigration policies and forms of governance focuses on the way in which they vary in Canadian cities with different demographic configurations of Francophone minorities and Indigenous populations.  Prof. Good is also developing a research program that critically interrogates municipalities’ constitutional status in Canada, reflected in a recent paper entitled "The Fallacy of the 'Creatures of the Provinces' Doctrine:  Recognizing and Protecting Municipalities' Constitutional Status," which was published as an Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance (Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto) Paper in 2019.  She is a founding co-editor (with Dr. Martin Horak) of the McGill-Queen’s Studies in Urban Governance book series:

Selected Academic Publications
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.

Selected Contributions to Public Policy Debates
Good, Kristin.  2019. “Municipalities deserve more autonomy and respect,” Policy Options, November 29.  Available online:

Good, Kristin.  2019.  Invited contributor to the Toronto’s Star’s “The Big Debate” on “Is a city charter the best way forward for Toronto?,” arguing the “no” side.  Published on Tuesday, November 26 and available online:

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, a prominent feminist, city builder and city activist, recommended Municipalities and Multiculturalism (2009) in her reading list for Toronto Public Libraries:,%20City%20builder%20and%20citizen%20activist,%20volunteer,%20feminist,%20gardener%20and%20avid%20reader&listId=1xGC2voNMpdGAQcfb_8ldZ7Y_9Ujg3k1VQ9rWNnH-d-c&sheetId=otlyubo