William D. Coleman holds the CIGI chair in globalization and public policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and is the director of the school’s Global Governance programs. He is also a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He was the founding director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.
Born in Nelson, British Columbia, William received his B.A. from Carleton University, Ottawa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Chicago. He has written five books: The Independence Movement in Quebec, 1945–1980; Business and Politics: A Study in Collective Action; The State, Business and Industrial Change in Canada (with Michael M. Atkinson); Financial Services, Globalization and Domestic Policy Change: A Comparison of North America and the European Union; and Agriculture in the New Global Economy (with Wyn Grant and Timothy Josling). The State, Business and Industrial Change in Canada was awarded the Charles H. Levine Prize for the best book in the fields of public administration and public policy by the Structure of Government Research Committee of the International Political Science Association. William has also edited three books in the public policy field. In addition to these books, he has written articles dealing with Quebec politics, business government relations, changes in agricultural policy, the making of financial services policy and globalization, which have been published in journals in Canada, the United States and Europe. He is also the project director of the Globalization and Autonomy series published by the University of British Columbia Press.