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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Scott Aquanno

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 313
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5855


Dr. Scott Aquanno joined Ontario Tech University in 2013. He previously taught in the Political Science/Public Policy Department at the University of Toronto and at the Ross School of Politics at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

He holds a PhD in Political Science from York University (2011). He developed his dissertation based on his training in public policy, political economy and monetary economics by focusing on the historical construction of the U.S. state's unique 'creditability' in international financial markets. He adapted Weber's notion of substantive validity to understand the modern role of the Federal Reserve and Treasury in relation to domestic and international bond markets and, on this basis, analyzed the policy roots and implications of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

He has published widely on monetary policy development and the political economy of finance and globalization. His current research draws on his work at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as well as his experience in financial markets to examine the evolution of central bank policy during the neoliberal period. It places particular emphasis on the Federal Reserve's institutional creativity and adaptability, both during and after the crisis, as well as the distributive impact of low inflation.

Dr. Aquanno also holds a Research Fellowship from the Munk School of Global Affairs as well Postdoctoral Fellowships in Monetary Policy and Innovation Policy from the University of Toronto. Previously he served as an invited researcher at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, where he sat on the Political Economy of Central Banking and Monetary Policy working group.


  • PhD, Political Science York University

Courses taught

  • Building Sustainable Communities
  • Canadian Politics 
  • Economics for Policy
  • International Politics and Policy
  • Policy Development
  • Public Administration
  • Theories of Policy Analysis

Research and expertise

  • economic and social policy
  • development
  • inflation and the Central Banking
  • inequality and social justice
  • international political economy
  • social relations of power