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Jacqueline Best

Full Professor, School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa

Jacqueline Best is Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

She has made her mark on contemporary scholarship through her attention to the cultural, social and political dynamics of global economic crises. She is a pioneer in two influential schools of thought in her field—constructivist and cultural political economy—and the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the prestigious Leverhulme Trust’s Visiting Professorship.

Her current research looks at the challenges of acting effectively in an economic crisis when there is so much that is unknown. By examining historical and contemporary cases, her research seeks to evaluate how economic expertise works in the context of extreme uncertainty, and how we can help it to work better.

Jacqueline Best’s books include Governing Failure (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and The Limits of Transparency (Cornell University Press, 2005). She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins University, her MA from Sussex University and her BA from the University of Victoria.

When she is not teaching and researching, she is busy keeping up with her seven-year old twins.