Professor Thomas Flanagan
Department of Political Science
University of Calgary
Professor Flanagan has published extensively on Canadian politics, elections, political parties, and game theory as a tool for understanding political life. His experience working for Preston Manning and the Reform Party is described in his book Waiting for the Wave: The Reform Party and Preston Manning. He managed Stephen Harper’s campaigns for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance (2002) and the Conservative Party of Canada (2004), as well as the Conservative Party’s national election campaign in 2004. He was the Senior Communications Adviser in the Conservative war room during the 2005–06 election campaign. These experiences are described in his book Harper’s Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power (2009). He also managed the campaign of the Wildrose Party in the 2012 Alberta provincial election.