Political Science

Postdoctoral Fellows & Visiting Scholars

Ghada Ageel

Visiting Professor

Dr. Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter (Britain) and a BA in Education from the Islamic University/Gaza. Her PhD dissertation examined the historic and contemporary role of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) in relation to the question of a durable solution for Palestinian refugees.

Dr. Ageel is the recipient of several awards and scholarships including The Phillips Grant (UK, 2013), The Jerusalem Studies’ Scholarship of the University of Exeter (2002 and 1999), the Higher Education Award of the Ministry of Education (Palestine, 1996) and the Hebrew Language and Literature Scholarship (Gaza, 1993).

Her research interests focus on rights-based approaches to forced migration, Palestinian refugees in comparative perspective, oral history, women's studies, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the permanent status issues involved in the Middle East peace process. Dr. Ageel's work has been widely published in several newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Hill, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Journal for Palestine Studies, Palestine Chronicle, MATAN Magazine (Hebrew), Occupation Magazine and many Arabic newspapers throughout the Middle East.

In addition to her book with Dr. Ibrahim Abu Jaber, Wisam Afifi, Maisam Eid, et all “Jurh Al-Nakba: Part 1” The Wound of Nakba, Part 1, Um Al-Fahem, Centre of Contemporary Studies, 2003; Dr. Ageel is currently working on a book project: The Palestinian Nakba and Israeli Apartheid : The Law and The Experience. She is also active in Faculty4Palestine—Alberta.

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Angelia Wagner

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Angelia Wagner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She is the project manager for Dr. Linda Trimble’s SSHRC-funded research project examining the career pathways of female premiers in Canada and Australia. Wagner earned a PhD and MA in political science from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. She spent many years working as a journalist at newspapers across Western Canada. 

Her PhD dissertation investigated the role of gender in shaping the political communication strategies of Canadian municipal candidates. After graduating in 2015, Wagner undertook a two-year SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Elisabeth Gidengil. Wagner’s ongoing postdoctoral research explores how gender, race, Indigeneity, sexuality, class, and age shape the decision to run, or not run, for elected office at all three levels of government in Canada.

Wagner has authored or co-authored articles in the International Journal of Press/Politics, Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Studies, Women’s Studies in Communication, and the Canadian Political Science Review. She is the co-recipient of the 2016 Jill Vickers Prize for the best gender and politics paper presented at the previous year’s Canadian Political Science Association conference. Wagner is currently working on an edited book with Dr. Joanna Everitt (UNB) that explores the mediation of gendered identities in Canadian politics. It is under consideration at UBC Press for its Communication, Strategy and Politics series. 








Mark R. Johnson

Killam Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Mark R Johnson is a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He holds a PhD in Science and Technology Studies and a BA (Hons) in Politics & Sociology from the University of York (UK), and previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow at both the University of York and Goldsmiths College, University of London.
His research is focused on the intersections between play and money (and their attendant ideological entanglements), such as the phenomenon of "Esports" (professional competitive video game play), live streaming on platforms such as Twitch.tv, fantasy sports betting, and so forth. More broadly he is interested in a range of other topics in the field of game studies, particularly game design, labour, and player communities. His work has been published at journals including 'Information, Communication and Society''The Sociological Review' and 'Games and Culture'. His first monograph, 'The Unpredictability of Gameplay', is a Deleuzean examination of randomness, chance and luck in games, focusing on the player experiences created through different kinds of mechanical unpredictability, and the player cultures that have arisen around them. 
He is currently developing two new monograph projects, one into the phenomenon of live streaming, and one into fantasy sports betting. Beyond academia, he is also an independent game developer, a former professional poker player, and a regular games blogger, podcaster, and freelance writer.