Eugene Lang is Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, where he teaches in both the full-time MPA and part-time Professional MPA programs.
His career has included twelve years in the federal government in a variety of roles, including Senior Policy Advisor (Economic) to the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada; Senior Economist, Finance Canada and Chief of Staff to two Ministers of National Defence. He was heavily involved in the development of the 2005 Defence Policy Statement and government decisions with respect to Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan and Ballistic Missile Defence. Lang was instrumental in the largest funding increase to the Department of National Defence in a generation.
A former Visiting Fellow at the Munk School of International Studies, University of Toronto, Lang was also BMO Visiting Fellow, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), Glendon College, York University, where he taught three courses in the Masters of Public and International Affairs program. In 2014 he served as Interim Co-Director of the GSPIA.
Lang is the co-author of two books, including The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar (co-authored with Janice Stein), a national best seller which won the Writer’s Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Award for political writing, was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s top one hundred books of the year, and was the basis for a documentary film produced by Global Television.
A frequent contributor to various newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Globe and Mail, Lang’s writings have also appeared in Walrus, Policy Options, Policy Network, and International Politics and Society. He has spoken at numerous universities and think tanks in Canada and abroad, and has appeared numerous times as a commentator on CBC radio and television, CTV and Global Television.
Educated at the University of Western Ontario (B.A., M.A., political science), Queen’s University (M.P.A.), and the London School of Economic (M.Sc., International Political Economy), where he studied as a Chevening Scholar, Lang lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.