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Dr. Manuel Litalien

Dr. Manuel Litalien
​Dr. Manuel Litalien
Faculty of Applied & Professional Studies - School of Human and Social Development - Social Welfare and Social Development, Associate Professor
office: A319
email: manuell@nipissingu.ca
tel: 705.474.3450
ext: 4013
fax: 705.474.1947
web: Dr. Manuel Litalien's Webpage


Manuel Litalien has a PhD in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He is the author of La philanthropie religieuse en tant que nouveau capital démocratique: développement social et régime providentiel en Thaïlande (Presses de l’Université Laval) and has published book chapters with UBC Press, McGill-Queen's University Press, and Routledge. He is an adjunct professor at Mahidol University in Thailand and has collaborated with faculty at Thammasat University, also in Thailand.

Dr. Litalien’s broad research areas 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 occasionally provides analyses of Southeast Asia to the media and government agencies.

For further information on Dr. Litalien, see his curriculum vitae.​​


BA, Concordia University;
MA, Université de Montréal;
PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal

Areas of Specialization:

Comparative politics, development, welfare regimes and religion in Southeast Asia, transnational religious movements, democracy, social policy, nationalism, identity politics, gender, ethnicity and governance

Research Interests:

Cultural politics, religious diversity in Southeast Asia, geopolitics of Buddhism, health, education, the elderly, families, violence, poverty alleviation, social inequalities, disaster relief, moral economy

Current & Future Research:

​Completing an article on socially-engaged Buddhism and the transnational networks of Buddhist nuns (bhikkhunis). Collaborating on a project examining the influence of spirituality on health perception and health outcomes amongst African and Southeast Asian immigrant communities in Ontario.


​Authored Books

Litalien, Manuel. 2016. La philanthropie religieuse en tant que nouveau capital démocratique: développement social et régime providentiel en Thaïlande. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval.

Journal Articles

Litalien, Manuel. 2017 (forthcoming). “Social Inequalities and the Promotion of Women in Buddhism in Thailand.” Journal of Buddhist Ethics.

Chapters in Edited Books

Litalien, Manuel. 2016. “Establishing a Buddhist Economy in Thailand: Competing Perspectives on Moral Economy in State and Society.” In The Moral Economies of Ethnic and Nationalist Claims, edited by Bruce J. Berman, André Laliberté, and Stephen J. Larin, 163-95. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Litalien, Manuel. 2013. “Changing State Monopoly on Religion and Secular Views in Thailand.” In Secular States and Religious Diversity, edited by Bruce J. Berman, Rajeev Barghava, and André Laliberté, 232-64. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Laliberté, André, and Manuel Litalien. 2010. “The Tzu Chi Merit Society from Taiwan to China via Canada.” In Wild Geese: New Studies of Buddhism in Canada, edited by Victor Sōgen Hori, John S. Harding, and Alexander Soucy, 350-85. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Courses Taught:

SWLF 2995: Community Service-learning for Social Development
SWLF 3266: Religion and Social Welfare
SWLF 3296: Globalization and the Welfare State
SWLF 3807: Social and Political Violence
SWLF 4006: Social Development​

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