Dr. Tom Flanagan studied political science at Notre Dame
University, the Free University of West Berlin, and Duke
University, where he received his Ph.D. He has taught political
science at the University of Calgary since 1968.
Although Dr. Flanagan has published in several areas, he is
best known as a scholar for his books on Louis Riel, the
North-West Rebellion, and aboriginal land claims, and his books
on these subjects have won several prizes. Most recently, his
First Nations? Second Thoughts
received both the Donner Prize and the Canadian Political
Science Association's Donald Smiley Prize for the best book on
Canadian politics published in the year 2000. He has served as
a consultant and expert witness for the Crown in aboriginal and
treaty-rights cases such as Dumont, Blais, Benoit, and Victor
During 1991-93, Dr. Flanagan was an adviser to Preston Manning
and the Reform Party, but he was fired for giving too much
advice. His experience working for the party is described in
his book Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston
Manning, published in 1995.
In 2001-02, he worked for Stephen Harper, managing Mr. Harper's campaigns for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (2002) and of the Conservative Party of Canada (2004), as well as the Conservative Party's national election campaign in 2004. During the 2005-06 election, he worked as senior communications adviser for the Conservative Party. He has since returned to teaching at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Flanagan was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in