Tom Flanagan

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 book 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 Buffalo.

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 1996.