Associate Dean (Academic) and Professor of Political Science, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph

Professor Sheldrick studied Political Science at Carleton University before going to law school at the University of Toronto. He then returned to the study of Political Science, completing his MA and PhD at York University in Toronto. He previously taught in the Law department at Keele University in the U.K., and the Department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg. His research straddles the intersection of law and political science. His overall approach is informed by political economy and the conceptualization of political phenomena in terms of their relationship to economic factors. He is interested in social movements and their intersection with law and judicial institutions.

He has a deep interest in issues related to human rights and social justice, and the incorporation of law into the organization of state administrative structures.


  • –present
    Full Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph
  • 2016–present
    Associate dean, University of Guelph, College of Social and Applied Human Sciences


  • 1996 
    York University, PhD
  • 1989 
    York University, MA
  • 1987 
    University of Toronto, JD
  • 1984 
    Carleton University, BA(HONS)