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Athabasca University

Dr. Meenal Shrivastava

Centre Chair and Professor,
Political Economy and Global Studies



  • M.A. (Rajasthan University)
  • M.Phil. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
  • Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)


Prof. Meenal Shrivastava joined Athabasca University in April 2006, where she coordinates the Political Economy and Global Studies areas. Born and raised in India, she earned her degrees in English Literature (B.A Hons. (1990) Maharani College), Modern Indian History (M.A (1992) Rajasthan Univ.), and International Relations (M.Phil (1995) and Ph.D (1998) Jawaharlal Nehru University). Prior to joining AU, Dr. Shrivastava spent nine eventful years teaching in South Africa (periodically teaching at UNITRA from 1998-1999, tenured faculty at Wits Univ from 2000-2006) . Her first book, co-edited with Lorna Stefanick, entitled Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada, examined the impact of Alberta oil on the practice of democracy in the province and its spillover effects for the country. Dr. Shrivastava's second book, entitled Amma's Daughters: A Memoir (, is a narrative historical biography based on multi archival research and family history that tells the stories of largely forgotten or unacknowledged women in Mahatma Gandhi’s national movement in the early twentieth century.

Dr. Shrivastava's research broadly explores the variety of political processes affecting the conceptualization and manifestation of ‘globalization’, which she sees as a complex process along a historical continuum of global movement of humans, ideas, institutions, commodities and technologies. Consequently, while her publications and courses cover themes as varied as aspects of democracy, public policy, development studies, women/gender, and the disciplinary building blocks of Political Economy and Global Studies, they are connected to the central thread of the political economy of our relentlessly globalizing world.

Below is a select list of Dr. Shrivastava's publications and record of academic citizenship.

Editorial Experience

  1. Editor of Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (Routledge) 2007-2009
  2. Book Reviews Editor for Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (Routledge) 2004-2006
  3. On the Editorial Boards of:
  • Athabasca University Press (2007-2013)
  • Politikon (since 2009)
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (since 2006)
  • The Ardent: Anti-Racism and Decolonization Review (since 2009)
  • Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research (since 2013)
  • External Reviewer for numerous journal articles, book manuscripts, research proposals, international conference papers, and MA/PhD research thesis/dissertations.

External Professional Duties

  • President, Canadian Consortium of Colleges and University Programs in International Development Studies (CCCUPIDS), 2017-2019
  • Board of Directors, Canadian Political Studies Association (CPSA), 2015-17
  • Board of Directors, Parkland Institute, University of Alberta, 2008-2015
  • Adjunct, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, 2008-2013
  • Member of the Canadian Consortium of University Programs in International Development Studies (CCUPIDS), since 2013
  • Conference Co-chair for the International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD) Conference, Edmonton, May 17-20, 2011
  • Conference Co-Chair for the 14th International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, Edmonton, June 30-July 2, 2008
  • Executive Committee, South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS) (South Africa), 2007-2010
  • Executive Council, Interdisciplinary Environmental Association (IEA) (Massachusetts), 2007-2011

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Select Publications


Meenal Shrivastava and Lorna Stefanick (eds.) Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada (Edmonton: AUP, 2015)
(Open source download available at

Meenal Shrivastava, Amma’s Daughters: A Memoir (

Journal Articles:

‘On Being an Editor: Bungee Jumping Anyone?’ Guest Editorial in Journal of Integrated Studies, Vol. 9 (1) (2017), pp. 1-5 (

‘Invisible Women in History and Global Studies: Reflections from an Archival Research Project’ Globalizations, Vol. 14 (1) (2017), pp. 1-16

‘Political Economy of Higher Education: Comparing South Africa to trends in the World’ with Sanjiv Shrivastava (2014) Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research (Springer), Vol. 67 (6), pp. 809-822

‘Do Oil and Democracy only clash in the Global South? Petro Politics in Alberta, Canada’ with Lorna Stefanick, New Global Studies, Vol. 6 (1), Article 5, May 2012 (26 pgs.)

'India in Africa: From Political Alliance to Economic Partnership' Politikon: Special Issue on Emergent Powers in Africa, Vol. 36(1), 2009, pp. 117-143

'Globalizing 'Global Studies': Vehicle for Disciplinary and Regional Bridges?' New Global Studies, Vol. 2 (3), Article 4, 2008 (Berkley Press) (22 pgs.)

'South Africa in the Contemporary International Economy: India's Competitor or Ally?', South Asian Survey, Vol. 15(1), 2008, (New Delhi: Sage), pp. 121-142

‘Limits to Democracy: Transparency in International Economic Institutions' South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 12 (2) Winter/Spring 2005 (Johannesburg: SAIIA), pp.113-125

'Indian Women and the Environment: Vulnerability, Efforts and Opportunities' with Vijaya Gupta and Neelima Naik, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol. VI (2) 2005 (Massachusetts: Rowman & Littlefield), pp. 14-36

'International Media Regime and News Management: Implications for African States' with Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies (Oxfordshire: Routledge), 31 (2) November 2004; pp. 201-218

'Environmental Politics: Relevance for the South' South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol.8 (1) Summer 2001 (Johannesburg: SAIIA), pp. 107-114

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Chapters in Books

‘Perils of Petroculture in a Neoliberal Resource economy’ in Brodie, Janine (ed.) Inequalities and Social Justice in Contemporary Canada (U of Toronto Press, forthcoming in 2018)

‘Global Perspectives: What's Left Out? ChIndia and Transnational Social Movements – Challenging the Inter and the National in the International System', in Janine Brodie, Malinda Smith, Sandra Rein (eds.) Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 5/E (Toronto: Pearson, 2013), pp. 260-273

`Inventions and Discoveries: Why and How do they Matter to Global Studies’, in Mark Juergensmeyer, Helmut K. Anheier (eds.) Encyclopedia of Global Studies, Vol. 2 (Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2012), pp. 958-964

`Gender Bias and the Environment’ with Vijaya Gupta and Neelima Naik, in V.B Jugale (ed.) State of the Indian Economy (New Delhi: Serial Publications, 2007)

`South Africa and the International Economic Institutions’ SA Yearbook of International Affairs 2000/01 (Johannesburg: SAIIA, 2001) pp. 145-153

Other Publications

 Review of Nivedita Menon and Aditya Nigam (2008) `Power and Contestation: India since 1989’, Labour/Le Travail, Vol. 62, Fall 2008, pp. 291-297

Review of David A. McDonald and Greg Ruiters (eds.) (2005) `The Age of Commodity: Water Privatization in Southern Africa’, Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 45, No.1(Cambridge), 2007, pp. 180-182

Review of Bakut Tswah Bakut and Sagarika Dutt (eds.) `Africa at the Millennium: An Agenda for Mature Development’, Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 40, No.1(Lancaster), March 2002, pp. 159-160

“Close encounters of the urban Aboriginal and multicultural kind” published in the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences blog, Equity Matters, August 9, 2011 and Canadian Women Writing Non-Fiction on August 24, 2011,

Please contact Meenal Shrivastava for the full list of publications.

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