Title or Function
- Ontario Hub Co-Director
- Comparative Politics; Development; Welfare Regimes; Philanthropy; Religion in Southeast Asia; Transnational Religious Movements; Democracy; Social Policy; Nationalism; Identity Politics; Gender; Ethnicity; Governance.
- Nipissing University
- 705-474-3450 ext.: 4013
Dr. Litalien’s research focuses are social development, welfare systems, philanthropy, ethnicity, minority groups, and religion, with a focus on Southeast Asia. As a researcher, he has conducted fieldwork in Canada and Southeast Asia. He is interested in looking at how institutions in developing and developed nations are creating political venues for marginalized groups. His works have documented community social welfare projects, as well as the impacts of government development initiatives on the behaviour of non-governmental organizations. He is particularly interested in examining the role of religion in public life, in global development, and in diasporas, connecting these to religious movements and national identity. He is the author of the book La philanthropie religieuse en tant que nouveau capital démocratique: développement social et régime providentiel en Thaïlande (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2017).