About Me

Michael W. Manulak is Assistant Professor of International Affairs, anchoring the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs’ Diplomacy and Foreign Policy cluster.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, his M.A. from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and earned a D.Phil in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

His research focuses on international organizations, multilateral diplomacy, Canadian foreign policy, global environmental politics, and Non-Proliferation. His book, Change in Global Environmental Politics: Temporal Focal Points and the Reform of International Institutions, was published in 2022 with Cambridge University Press and won the International Studies Association’s Chadwick F. Alger prize in 2022 for the best book on international organizations and multilateralism.

An alumnus of the Government of Canada’s Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, he served mainly within the Department of National Defence. In government, he represented Canada in international proliferation security negotiations, supported the national security review of foreign investments, and composed Cabinet documents within National Defence’s Cabinet Liaison bureau.

He is a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, and at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. He also serves on the External Advisory Board of the Canadian Foreign Service Institute, providing advice on Canada’s diplomatic training priorities.