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Professor, School of Political Studies, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Jacqueline Best is a Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research is at the intersection of international relations, political economy and social theory. Her current research examines the role of exceptionalism, failure, and ignorance in economic policy, tracing their evolution from the early days of neoliberalism to today. Professor Best has been awarded a number of research prizes, including most recently the Leverhulme Trust’s international visiting professorship and the Faculty of Social Science’s Research Excellence Award. She has been a visiting professor at University College, Oxford University, the University of Queensland and the University of Sheffield. She has also been co-editor of the Review of International Political Economy journal and the Routledge RIPE Book Series. Her most recent book is Governing Failure: Provisional Expertise and the Transformation of Global Development Finance published with Cambridge University Press.


  • –present
    Professor of Political Studies, University of Ottawa


  • 2002 
    Johns Hopkins University, PhD in Political Science