Member of the Order of Canada
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
Professor of Political Science
Political scientist David Cameron, the dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, has put his expertise on federalism, Quebec nationalism, French-English relations, constitutional renewal and national unity to use helping countries around the world rebuild and reform their governance structures following periods of ethno-cultural conflict.
He has advised the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers on federalism and constitutional reform during his many visits to that region. He has travelled to Baghdad on behalf of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Washington to help lay the groundwork for a new Iraqi State. He has also helped the Estonian government reform their constitution and advised different levels of government in India on the management of their federation. In 2007, he was asked to lead the governance component of the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, which is seeking to develop a workable model of political, economic and security organization for that city that might help address the conflicting aspirations of Israelis, Palestinians and the international community.
Amidst all this, Cameron has somehow found time to serve the University of Toronto by taking on a series of senior administrative positions beginning with his appointment as vice-president, Institutional Relations in 1985. He was acting chair, Department of Political Science from 2002 to 2003, acting vice-dean of undergraduate education and teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Science in 2003-2004 and chair of the Department of Political Science from 2006-2012.