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Canadian Studies

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Canadian Studies
Starr Lee, Senior Academic Program Coordinator
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Suite 503
Washington, DC 20036
+1 (202) 663-5714


Understand the factors driving Canadian policymaking including commodities trade, dependence on imports, recent trends in immigration, and the legacy and future prospects of North American free trade pacts. Examine its foreign affairs policies and explore its unique political and cultural institutions.

Become an Expert

Combine quantitative skills in economics and statistics with a focus on the history, commerce, and foreign affairs of Canada. Study under the guidance of faculty renowned for their scholarship and real-world experience as practitioners. Conduct research in the field and undertake an internship with support of our extensive network.

Featured Courses

Study US-Canada relations up close and gain expertise on how the two governments develop frameworks that shape their foreign policies for decades to come.


Economics of Immigration

This course is designed to focus on the economic causes and consequences of international migration.

Specifically, in the context of economic theory, students will examine the primary reasons that motivate people to move to other parts of the world and closely at the economic effects on both sending and receiving countries.


Middle Power Diplomacy

This course is designed to examine how to capitalize on the structure and performance of intergovernmental policy competition in North America (where Canada, Mexico and the United States are all constitutional federations, and supranational institutions are few and relatively weak) and Europe (where several countries are federations to varying degrees, and the supranational institutions of the European Union are relatively sophisticated).


North American Climate Policy in a Warming World

This course focuses specifically on how policy in North America has – and sometimes has not – addressed the climate challenge.

The driving forces and political palatability of decision-making related to climate will be discussed as well as the subsequent policies that are applied in North America. Classroom sessions will include active learning through structured student debates, engaging discussion on course materials, and guest lectures. Students will learn to undertake research and participate in dialogue that evaluates and critically assesses climate policy in the countries in question, which will have broader comparative applicability in future work.


Facing the Oil Problem: The United States, Canada, OPEC and the World

Every aspect of foreign and domestic policy feels the effect of the oil problem.

Solutions will be difficult. This course assesses direct and indirect costs of oil addiction, including global warming and considers scenarios of supply disruption. Students will examine who controls oil and how, as well as “peak oil” and the loss of “spare capacity” to cushion price shocks. The course will also look at heavy oil production from Canada, America’s largest oil supplier and weighs energy initiatives, alternative energy development and future energy RD&D.

Learn from the Best

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Charles Doran

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Director of Global Theory and History, Director of Canadian Studies, Director of International Political Economy

Tamara Woroby

Senior Adjunct Professor of Canadian Studies

Christopher Sands

Senior Research Professor, Director of the Center for Canadian Studies, Acting Director of the Latin American Studies Program

Sarah Jordaan

Assistant Professor

Advance Your Career

Gain the intellectual framework and analytic skills necessary to enter a variety of roles across the public, private, multilateral, and nonprofit sectors.

Recent Internships

  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • International Trade Centre
  • US Department of State
  • World Bank Group
  • World Resources Institute


Recent Employers

  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Government of Canada
  • International Monetary Fund
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Mercy Corps
  • S&P Global Platts
  • US Department of State

Build Your Network

Join a diverse, accomplished, influential community of scholars, practitioners, alumni, and students working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Johns Hopkins SAIS speaker at a podium

Students received first-hand insights on international free trade, and the USMCA ratification talks in Congress from Ambassador Carla Hills, a former United States Trade representative.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students

Canadian Studies students attended a ceremony at the White House to welcome Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Johns Hopkins SAIS students

The program hosted a study trip to Toronto, where students examined the country's energy sector.

A Focus on US, Mexico and Canadian Relations

"I liked how the American Foreign Policy program allowed enough flexibility to make it my own while at the same time providing me with the foundations of how foreign policy is designed and implemented."

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Building a Career in the U.S. Government

Danielle applied to Johns Hopkins SAIS for its strong reputation, the school’s presence in Bologna, Italy, and the number of alumni working at the US.

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Beyond the Classroom

Explore Canada's international affairs up close through study treks, internships, and exciting research opportunities.

World-Class Events

Hear groundbreaking research from leading scholars and practitioners at our weekly seminars. Recent sessions have explored topics including the dynamics of commodity economies, push and pull factors in international migration, and Canadian climate policy in a warming world.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring Canada's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.

Study Treks

Each year more than two dozen study treks are organized by academic programs, providing valuable opportunities to conduct field research, engage with partner organizations, and gain new perspectives on major global issues. Recent study treks have taken students to Brazil, Canada, China, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Uganda.

Student Government Association

Serve as the liaison between the student body and administration, offering ideas for programming at the school and selecting guest speakers for the faculty research seminar series.