Alain Noël is professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. He works on social policy in a comparative perspective, as well as on federalism and on Quebec and Canadian politics. His latest book, La droite et la gauche: un débat sans frontières,
co-authored with Jean-Philippe Thérien, was published in 2010 by Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal. The original English version, published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press, won the 2009 International Relations Prize of the Canadian Political Science Association. Currently, Alain Noël is also president of the Centre d’étude sur la pauvreté et l’exclusion of the Quebec government. Previously, he was also vice-president of the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture, a member of Quebec’s Commission on Fiscal Imbalance, and a visiting professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Grenoble, at the Institut d’études politiques de Lyon and at the School of Social Welfare of the University of California at Berkeley.