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Rob Goodman is an associate professor of politics and public administration at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he teaches and writes on topics such as populism, rhetoric, and the history of political thought. Before completing his PhD, Goodman was a speechwriter in the United States House and Senate. His book on political eloquence, Words on Fire, was released in 2021 and his academic work has been published extensively. Goodman also co-authored Rome’s Last Citizen and A Mind at Play, which won the Neumann Prize and the IEEE Middleton Book Prize. He lives in Toronto.

Award History

2024 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for Not Here: Why American Democracy Is Eroding and How Canada Can Protect Itself

Jury Citation

Not Here is both a frightening and reassuring story written with clarity and absorbing analysis. With an American perspective, Goodman explores the decline of democracy and rise of authoritarianism in the United States and what it means for Canada. Deep social and economic ties between the two nations mean Canada is not exempt from the same tyrannous forces. In fact, Canadian politics shows similar strains, some of which originate from within our own borders. But Goodman has good news: we can find comfort knowing Canada has values, history, traditions, and institutions that can withstand the autocratic threat.”

—2024 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Joanna Chiu, Dale Eisler, and Kathleen Wynne)