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Osler Hampson

Fen Osler Hampson is Chancellor’s Professor at Carleton University and president of the World Refugee & Migration Council. He holds a PhD from Harvard and has authored several books and articles on diplomacy and international affairs, including The Two Michaels which he co-wrote with Mike Blanchfield. A frequent contributor to national and international media, Hampson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the winner of a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association, and the recipient of a Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship. He lives in Ottawa.


Shaughnessy Cohen Prize finalists Mike Blanchfield and Fen Osler Hampson on The Two Michaels

Award History

2022 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for The Two Michaels: Innocent Canadian Captives and High Stakes Espionage in the US-China Cyber War

Jury Citation

“A blend of legal drama and spy caper, Mike Blanchfield and Fen Osler Hampson’s engaging and impeccably sourced The Two Michaels is a quick but intense account of the 1,019 days after Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were snatched up by Chinese police, charged with espionage, and held captive. In telling the inside story of diplomacy attempts, geopolitics at play, and the quest for cyber supremacy, Blanchfield and Hampson point to the difficult foreign policy choices Canada faces going forward.”

— 2022 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Charelle Evelyn, Jacques Poitras, and Lisa Raitt)