Liam Swiss

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Department Head, Professor

Office:  BAC 309
Phone: (902) 585-1273

Office Hours (Fall 2023)
1:00 - 3:00pm Wednesdays

BA Hon (Calgary), MA (Carleton), PhD (McGill)

Research/Teaching Interests

  • Sociology of Development
  • Gender
  • Globalization
  • Political Sociology
  • Canadian Foreign Policy
  • Research Methods

Teaching (2023-2024)

Fall 2023
SOCI 5123-FA01, Graduate Methods

Winter 2024
SOCI 2013-WI02, Introduction to Social Data Analysis



Wei, Qian and Liam Swiss (2022). "Filling Empty Promises? Foreign Aid and Human Rights Decoupling, 1981-2011." The Sociological Quarterly. 63(1):134-153.

Swiss, Liam and Princess C. Ilonze (2021). "Taking Foreign Aid and Decoupling Seriously: A Framework for Research." Third World Quarterly. 42(7):1455-1474.

Henson, Spencer, John-Michael Davis and Liam Swiss (2021). "Understanding Public Support for Canadian Aid to Developing Countries and the Role of Information." Development Policy Review. 40: e12550.

Swiss, Liam (2021). "The Globalisation of Foreign Aid: Global Influences and the Diffusion of Aid Priorities." pp. 113-25 in The Palgrave Handbook of Development Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda: Contested Collaboration, edited by S. Chaturvedi, H. Janus, S. Klingebiel, X. Li, A. d. Mello e Souza, E. Sidiropoulos and D. Wehrmann. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Morton, Sam E., Judyannet Muchiri and Liam Swiss (2020). "Which Feminism(S)? For Whom? Intersectionality in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy." International Journal. 75(3):329-48.

Tiessen, Rebecca, Heather Smith and Liam Swiss (2020). "Canada’s Evolving Feminist Foreign Policy: Lessons Learned from 2017 to 2020." International Journal. 75(3):294-97.

Davis, John-Michael and Liam Swiss (2020). "Need, Merit, Self-Interest or Convenience? Exploring Aid Allocation Motives of Grassroots International NGOs." Journal of International Development. 32(8):1324-45.

Dawson, Andrew, and Liam Swiss (2020). "Foreign aid and the rule of law: Institutional diffusion versus legal reach" The British Journal of Sociology. 71(4): 761-784.

Davis, John-Michael, Spencer Henson and Liam Swiss (2020). "In INGOs We Trust? How Individual Determinants and the Framing of Ingos Influences Public Trust" Development in Practice. 30(6):809-24.

Banchani, Emmanuel, and Liam Swiss (2019). "The Impact of Foreign Aid on Maternal Mortality"  Politics & Governance. 7(2): 53-67.

Gulrajani, Nilima, and Liam Swiss (2019). "Donorship norms in a state of flux" In I. Olivié & A. Pérez (eds.), Aid Power and Politics (pp. 199-222). London: Routledge.

Gulrajani, Nilima, and Liam Swiss (2019).  "Donor proliferation to what ends? New donor countries and the search for legitimacy" Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 40(3): 348-368.

Swiss, Liam (2018). The Globalization of Foreign Aid: Developing Consensus. London: Routledge.

Fallon, Kathleen M., Alissa Mazar, and Liam Swiss (2017). "The Development Benefits of Maternity Leave" World Development. 96: 102-118.

Swiss, Liam (2017). "Foreign Aid Allocation from a Network Perspective: The Effect of Global Ties" Social Science Research. 63: 111-123.

Swiss, Liam (2016). "World Society and the Global Foreign Aid Network" Sociology of Development. 2(4): 342-374.

Swiss, Liam (2016). "A Sociology of Foreign Aid and the World Society" Sociology Compass. 10(1): 65-73.

Swiss, Liam., and Wesley Longhofer (2015). "Membership has its privileges: Shared international organizational affiliation and foreign aid flows, 1978-2010" Social Forces. 94(4): 1769-1793.

Swiss, Liam (2015). "Space for Gender Equality in the Security and Development Agenda? Insights from Three Donors" pp. 188-211 in S. Brown & J. Grävingholt eds. The Securitization of Foreign Aid. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Swiss, Liam and Stephen Brown (2015). "The Aid Orphan Myth" Third World Quarterly. 36(2): 240-256.

Swiss, Liam (2014). "Mimicry and Motives: Canadian Aid Allocation in Longitudinal Perspective” pp. 101-124 in David Black, Stephen Brown and Molly den Heyer eds. Rethinking Canadian Aid: Foundations, Contradictions and Possibilities. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

Jones, Robert C., and Liam Swiss (2014). "Gendered Leadership: The Effects of Female Development Agency Leaders on Foreign Aid Spending" Sociological Forum. 29(3): 571-586.

Anderson, Miriam J., and Liam Swiss (2014). "Peace Accords and the Adoption of Electoral Quotas for Women in the Developing World, 1990-2006" Politics and Gender. 10(1): 33-61.

Brown, Stephen, and Liam Swiss (2013). “The Hollow Ring of Donor Commitment: Country Concentration and the Decoupling of Aid Effectiveness Norms from Donor Practice” Development Policy Review. 31(6): 737-755.

Swiss, Liam, Kathleen M. Fallon, and Giovani Burgos. (2012). “Does Critical Mass Matter? Women's Political Representation and Child Health in Developing Countries” Social Forces. 91(2): 531-558.

Fallon, Kathleen M., Liam Swiss, and Jocelyn Viterna. (2012). “Resolving the Democracy Paradox: Democratization and Women’s Legislative Representation in Developing Nations, 1975-2009” American Sociological Review. 77(3): 380-408.