University of Washington

Visiting Canadian Scholars at the UW

Every year the Canadian Studies Program is invigorated and strengthened by the residency of visiting scholars from Canada. These scholars work with graduate students, offer courses, speak in classes, participate in UW faculty symposia and generally infuse the program with new energy and cutting-edge research from Canada. Thanks to funding from the Canada-US Fulbright Program, the Québec government, and other sources, our academic and outreach programming benefits significantly from the dedication of our Canadian guests.

2015-2016 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Visiting Scholar
Gunhild Gjorv, Professor in International Relations, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

2015-2016 Fulbright Arctic Initiative Visiting Scholar
Maria Tysiachniouk, Centre for Independent Social Research

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars Visits UW

2013-2014 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Thierry Giasson, l’Université Laval
Currently working on two research projects on online political behaviors in Québec and Canada.


2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation
Yan Cimon, l’Université Laval

Beyond Data and Models: Canada and the Pacific Northwest Cultural Experience

2012-13 Pacific Northwest Québec Professor
Joël Plouffe, l’Université du Québec à Montréal
SIS495G Task Force on Arctic Security

2011-12 Fulbright Grantee-Iceland Scholar
Jennifer Lail, University of Akureyri
Polar Law Program (Understanding Common Pool Resource Management Issues and Global Climate Change)

Pamela Sing 2007-08 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Pamela Sing
, University of Alberta

Recovering Franco-Métis Communities in Canada and the United States
Thierry Giasson 2006-07 Pacific Northwest Québec Professor
Thierry Giasson, Université du Montréal
SISCA 341/ POL S 341: Government and Politics of Québec
Claude Couture Summer 2006 Pacific Northwest Québec Professor
Claude Couture, University of Alberta
SISCA 356: The Ideological Distinctiveness of Québec in North America
2005-06 Pacific Northwest Québec Professor
Daniel Dickey, First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commissions
SIS 350/ENVIR 360: The Remapping of Environmental Politics
Susan Neylan 2005-06 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Susan Neylan, Wilfrid Laurier University
Aboriginal Identities, Spiritual Borderlands, and Cultural Exchange Across the Canada-US Border
Yasmeen Abu-Laban 2004-05 Visiting Scholar
Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta
Migration, Borders and Ethics in Canada and the US
Claude Couture 2004-05 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Claude Couture, University of Alberta
Napoléon Lajoie and Canada-US Identity
Lyana Patrick 2004-05 Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Lyana Patrick, University of Victoria
Impact of the Border on Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the US

October 2015

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars Visits UW

This fall Maria Tysiachniouk, one of 25 scholars selected by the State Department to build institutional bridges for Arctic universities during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, is in residence at the Jackson School.

Maria’s research project will examine the consequences of interaction between extraction industries in the Arctic – particularly Russia, Alaska and Canada – and local indigenous communities. Maria is from the Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg, Russia. She will be in residence through mid-November 2015. Maria can be reached at

Building on the strong existing network of Arctic Studies scholars and policy experts in the Fulbright Program, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs launched an interdisciplinary collaborative research initiative focused on the Arctic region. The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.

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Beyond Data and Models: Canada and the Pacific Northwest Cultural Experience

by Yan Cimon, Ph.D., 2012-2013 Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation

Photo: Marc Robitaille

It has been said countless times that Canada and the United States have what may be the most integrated economies in the world. Our transportation infrastructure, our food supply, our energy, our manufacturing, in a nutshell, anything that matters to our everyday lives relies on the careful – yet too often ad hoc – management of our mutual interdependencies.

Since I arrived at the University of Washington, I have been privileged to participate in the Goods Movement Collaborative – a very dynamic group led by Anne Goodchild from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. My research here focuses on the way Canadian and American value chains mesh with one another, or to put it more bluntly: how we “build things” together. Such endeavors entail looking for – and into – a lot of data and models on how inputs travel back and forth from one country to the other and so on. Yet, as I have been living in Seattle and traveling through the Pacific Northwest, from Oregon to Washington and British Columbia (Canada), it quickly became obvious that there was more to it…

In fact, many will tell you that crossing the border at Blaine, Washington is a very different experience from crossing the border at Jackman, ME. Yet, everyone is submitted to the same processes and requirements administered by the same organization(s). This means that there are important cultural factors that may influence the cross-border dynamics at play when finished and unfinished goods travel from one country to the other. Furthermore, these need to be better understood so that Canada and the United States can innovatively leverage their unique relationship and interdependencies in order to remain competitive in a challenging global environment.

Our countries need each other to remain prosperous and competitive but we have yet to figure out how to manage our relationship for it to reach its full economic potential. With such issues to reflect on, I sure am glad to have a few weeks left on campus!

Yan Cimon holds the Fulbright Visiting Chair in Innovation at the UW College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is Associate Professor of Strategy at Université Laval’s Faculty of Business Administration (Québec City, Canada) and is the Deputy Director of CIRRELT (Québec) – the Interuniversity Research Center on Logistics, Transportation and Enterprise Networks.

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Center Awarded Government of Québec Grants

Joël Plouffe, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, is the incoming U.W. Québec Visiting Professor for 2012-13.

The Canadian Studies Center was awarded $45,000 from the Government of Québec under the Québec Visiting Professor Grant and Québec Unit Grant.

The Québec Visiting Professor Grant will enable Joël Plouffe, Research Fellow, Center for the United States and Center for Geopolitical Studies, Raoul Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, to serve as the U.W.’s 2012-13 Guest Professor from Québec. Joël will co-teach the Task Force on Arctic Policy, Plan Nord and Plan Nunavik, provide the Québec Visiting Professor Lecture, and co-chair a symposium on Québec’s role in the Arctic.

The Task Force is the flagship course for International Studies majors in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. In Winter Quarter 2013 about 14 U.W. students and two Inuit students from Nunavik, Québec will be part of a team that will write a policy report on the unique relationship between Québec and the Inuit of Nunavik in governing the northern region of the province. Joël will co-teach and co-led the class to Ottawa for a one-week research intensive with Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies Center.

Joël will also work with the Center to plan a two-day Arctic symposium focused on Plan Nord assessing the successes and challenges of implementation, the unique relationship Québec has with its northern peoples, and the value of Plan Nord as a model for regional Arctic policies internationally. Québec is unique in that two-thirds of the province constitutes the north, a region twice the size of France. The area is extremely important to the Québec economy. Québec’s north produces three-quarters of Québec’s hydro and provides the majority of the province’s nickel, zinc, iron ore, and much of its gold. It is also home to 120,000 northern residents over one quarter of whom are indigenous peoples including 10,000 Inuit.

In 1975 Cree, Inuit and Québec government signed the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) to resolve disputes over hydroelectric development in the north. Under the terms of the Agreement the Makivvik Kuapuriisat (Makivik Corporation, ᒪᑭᕝᕕᒃ ᑯᐊᐳᕇᓴᑦ) was formed to administer the compensation funds. According to Jackson School alum, D. Maltais (McGill), “The Inuit have transformed themselves into a strong political actor within Québec and have successfully contested either the legality or the legitimacy of different political and economic projects, giving Québec little choice but to sit down and negotiate so that their rights may be respected and their demands may be heard” (paper presented at the 2011 ACSUS conference, Ottawa). This is certainly evident in a new citizen movement in Nunavik advocating that Inuit support for Plan Nord be withdrawn. These complex issues will continue to unfold as Plan Nord is revised and implemented. These are the challenges that will be addressed at the 2013 University of Washington-l’Université du Québec à Montréal’s Plan Nord Symposium.

The Québec Unit Grant, the second grant awarded to the Canadian Studies Center, will enable the Center to build a stronger teaching and research program in Québec Studies at the U.W. The Center, in conjunction with Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments, will create a Québec Unit building on preexisting Québec research, study and programming strengths at the U.W. The Québec Unit will develop four priorities programs: 1) host a symposium on Plan Nord as part of the Center’s Arctic policy studies initiative; 2) enhance URBDP 498 Comparative Urban Planning and Design, an annual joint offering between U.W.’s Urban Design and Planning, l’Université Laval, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and University of Montréal; 3) create a grant program for U.W. student study-in-Québec opportunities; 4) and, create a Québec research site on the U.W. Libraries and Center websites and purchase collections related to the project.

To achieve these goals Canadian Studies and Urban Design and Planning will build on existing interuniversity collaborations (l’Université Laval, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, and University of Montréal); intra-university partnerships (College of the Environment, Department of French and Italian Studies); and, the Center’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship program that supports Québec-based research and French language acquisition.

Fritz Wagner, Urban Design and Planning, and Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies Center, are co-PIs on both the Québec Visiting Professor Grant and the Québec Unit Grant.

Funding for the Québec Visiting Professor Grant and the Québec Unit Grant are provided by the Government of Québec, United States University Grant Program.

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Fulbright Chairs to the U.W. in 2012-13

The University of Washington and Fulbright Canada are partnering to host two scholars in 2012-13 – a Fulbright Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies, Sari Graben, Queen’s University, and a Fulbright Chair in Innovation, Yan Cimon, l’Université Laval.

Sari Graben, LL.B. LL.M. Ph.D., currently serves as an Arctic Policy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen's University, Kingston. Graben’s primary research interests are in the field of administrative law, contract law, and comparative law with a special focus on issues raised by environmental contracting, privatization, and collaborative governance in the Arctic. Drawing on theories of interpretation and legal transplantation as well as regulatory governance, her work analyzes the institutions supportive of law and development and the role of expertise in disputation within international environmental regimes and domestic law.

In Spring Quarter 2013 Graben will teach a graduate seminar co-listed with Program on the Environment, JSIS 482 / 582 Canada Special Topics & ENVIR 495 Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Business in the Arctic – Working with Law and Policy in Resource Development. Providing an overview of the most recent legal and political developments in the Arctic, this course will emphasize challenges posed by environmental and global changes and developments in various areas of Arctic governance and will be organized around particular resource development activities. This will allow students to be exposed to the complex issues facing the Arctic from both an international and domestic perspective and to address legal/policy frameworks for dealing with them.

Graben’s course is part of the developing Arctic initiative headed up by the Canadian Studies Center.

Supporters of the U.W. Visiting Fulbright Chair. From left: Douglas Wadden, Office of the Provost; Michael Hawes, CEO, Canada Fulbright Program; Claudo Aporta, 2011-12 Canada-U.S. Visiting Fulbright Chair; Resat Kasaba, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; and Judy Howard, Social Sciences

Yan Cimon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, l’Université Laval, will hold the Fulbright Chair in Innovation, part of a special competition in 2012-13. Cimon will be housed in the U.W. College of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he will work with Anne Goodchild on research addressing the changing dynamics of Canada-U.S. value chain integration. “Whether they realize it or not, North American firms operate in global and complex networks, be they supply chains, value chains or a variety of horizontal relationships. Nonetheless, few academics and executives are able to determine whether, and how, these complex network relationships truly affect their firm. The question of how a firm’s position and the architecture of its many relationships affect its competitive advantage is far from resolved. The purpose of my research,” says Cimon, “is to determine how North American (Canadian and American) firms can leverage or adjust their network position and their own capabilities to generate a sustainable competitive advantage in the North American market.”

Since 2006 the U.W. has enjoyed a close relationship and MOU with Fulbright Canada. “It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure,” notes Michael Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada, “working with an institute that regularly demonstrates such a strong commitment to the internationalization and to the goals and priorities that we hold dear.”

To date five U.W. Canada-U.S. Fulbright Chairs have infused the U.W. with the following research and annual lectures: Sukumar Periwal, Government of British Columbia, “Beyond Borders: Regional Partnerships in the Pacific Northwest,” 2006-07; Michael Orsini, University of Ottawa, “A ‘Spectrum’ of Disputes: Framing Autism in Canada and the United States,” 2008-09; Rob Williams, University of British Columbia, “Marine Conservation in the Pacific Northwest: Whales, Salmon, and Sound,” 2009-10; Marcia Ostashewski, University of Victoria, “Métis, Mixed-ness and Music: Aboriginal-Ukrainian Encounters and Cultural Production on the Canadian Prairies,” 2010-11; and, Claudio Aporta, Trails and Their Role in the Construction of Inuit pan-Arctic Identities,” 2011-12.

Funding for the 2012-13 Canada-U.W. Fulbright Visiting Chair program is provided by the U.W. Office of Global Affairs; the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Social Sciences Division, College of Arts and Sciences; U.W. Graduate School; and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States of America, Ottawa.

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2007-08 Canada-US Fulbright Scholar

Pamela Sing, Faculté St.-Jean, University of Alberta

Recovering Franco-Métis Communities in Canada and the United States

Pamela V. Sing is a professor of Québec and Franco-Canadian literatures at the French campus of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, the Campus Saint-Jean, and the Associate Director of that University’s Faculty of Arts Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne that was inaugurated on November 1st, 2006. Her ongoing research interests involve writing by Western Canadian Francophones, and written and oral stories by Métis of French ancestry.

Pamela Sing
Pamela Sing, Visiting Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, takes time out from her research to enjoy breakfast and a visit with the Honourable Michael Wilson (right), Canada’s Ambassador to the US, and Bruce Bare, Dean of the College of Forest Resources.

The title of my research project is "Multiculturalism, Nation-building and the Poetics of Identity Construction: Recovering Franco-Métis Communities in Canada and the United States." This project seeks to contribute to ongoing discussions on the interrelationship of multiculturalism, nation-building, and the processes of identity construction. I am interested in a specific facet of that question, one that can be studied in the form of identity construction practices contained in written and oral texts belonging to a little-known people whose reality has been one of multiple belongings since its very inception: the Franco-Métis. Born of the union between French Canadian men engaged in the fur industry and Native women, the Franco-Métis and their descendents are grounded in a history that has evolved from a sense of nationhood in Manitoba to multiple communities scattered across the North American continent.

In Canada, they constituted a "Forgotten People" for almost a century. Today, the production and study of works by Aboriginal writers in general constitute a burgeoning component of Canadian literature. While Métis writers are recognized as such, the academy tends to not underscore the distinct character of their literary practices. Furthermore, writers, researchers and critics alike seem little inclined to establish connections between the voices and perspectives of contemporary Métis, most of whom are unilingual Anglophones, and those of their nineteenth-century Francophone ancestors. My research intends to show that the failure to lend any historical depth to an original culture not only makes it impossible to address issues of continuity and of discontinuity alike, but also raises the question of what constitutes a "legitimate culture."

In the United States, where Métis are not recognized as an aboriginal people by the federal government, one is hard put to find a writer who identifies as Métis. Nevertheless, they do exist. During my Fulbright year, I will be working on the recovery of their stories.

By offering valuable insight into Franco-Métis language and subjectivities, the project will ultimately expand upon existing knowledge of their historical development, ethnicity, conceptual "order," and cultural persistence as well as change. The study of the processes of re-definitions of identity parameters as a response to increased diversity and evolving norms of citizenship will increase our awareness of the consequences of nationhood for ordinary men and women, and contribute to encouraging collaborative attitudes and community efforts towards reconciliation.

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Summer 2006 Pacific Northwest Québec Professorship

Claude Couture, Faculté St.-Jean, University of Alberta

SISCA 356: The Ideological Distinctness of Québec in North America: Surveys, Authors, Institutions and History

Claude Couture

Professor Couture was the 2004-2005 Fulbright Professor at the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. He is the author of eight books including, L’Alberta et le multiculturalisme francophone, (Edmonton, CEC, 2002), Discours d'Étienne Parent (Presses de l'Université de Montréal, 2000), Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Etienne Parent and Canadian Liberalism: Paddling with the Current (University of Alberta Press, 1998), Espace et differences: Histoire du Canada  (Presses de l'université Laval, 1996) and La banale trahison d’un laïc (Paris, L'Harmattan, 1996). He has also published numerous book chapters and articles in academic journals. He is Director of the Canadian Studies Institute of the University of Alberta and, since May 2005, chief editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies. In 2007-2008, he was Killam Annual Professor.

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Pacific Northwest Québec Professorship, 2005-06

Pamela Sing

Daniel Dickey, First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services

SISCA 350 / ENVIR 360: The Remapping of Environmental Politics

Daniel Dickey is currently a researcher for the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commissions. Dickey is responsible for providing training sessions to First Nations communities to empower the communities and to create jobs. He developed, in conjunction with the First Nations of Québec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute, the First Nations of Québec Research Protocol, which was adopted by the Québec and Labrador Assembly of First Nations. In 2004 Dickey worked for an environmental, urbanism and socio-economics consultants’ firm (Vincent Roquet and Associates) as part of a study to measure the impact of hydroelectric projects on the Cree Nations of the James Bay region. He has also worked for Makivik Corporation conducting interviews with Inuit hunters and elders on their traditional knowledge of use of the land. Dickey applied for and was awarded the Pacific Northwest Québec professorship for Winter 2006.

During the Winter 2006 quarter, Dickey taught SIS 350: The Remapping of Environmental Politics, a core requirement for a degree in International Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The course focused on Québec's energy network and its management of the environment. The course included an overview of Québec history, hydroelectricity, forestry, mines, nuclear energy, the Kyoto Protocol and its impact on Québec and Québec’s aboriginal communities, and alternative energy sources. As water and forest products are the main riches of the province, clashes are inevitable with aboriginal people as most of their communities are located in natural environments. Throughout the course, a recurrent theme was the use of partnerships as a new way to deal and work with aboriginal people. Québec’s energy and environmental relationships were examined through the lens of sustainable development. Twenty-five international studies students took the course.

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2005-06 Canada-US Fulbright Scholar

Susan Neylan, Wilfrid Laurier University

Aboriginal Identities, Spiritual Borderlands, and Cultural Exchange Across the Canadian-American Pacific Northwest

Susan Neylan

Dr. Neylan's historical research project explored the British Columbia/Washington state border as a permeable zone of spiritual exchange among Salishan Aboriginal peoples. Dr. Neylan is interested in the Pacific Northwest borderlands, and how religious ideas, both old beliefs and new, were disseminated from native group to native group in the multiethnic, cross-cultural environment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. By locating the extent to which Aboriginal cultures and individuals shaped Christianity at the local level, in ways that did not negate the influence of pre-existing forms of spirituality, she seeks to better understand the process of religious change. Moreover, her project explored how imbalanced power relations and Christian colonialism worked within a region and across an international border.

Dr. Neylan has established herself as one of the foremost authorities on the missionary aspect of Canadian native history and as one of the leading young scholars in Canadian religious history. She has published widely and has given numerous conference presentations in this field, earning her a SSHRC Standard Research Grant to continue her work in the Tsimshian area. Dr. Neylan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in History from the University of British Columbia.

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2004-05 Independent Visiting Scholar

Yasmee Abu-Laban, Political Science, University of Alberta

Migration, Borders and Ethics in Canada and the US

Yasmeen Abu-Laban

Yasmeen Abu-Laban is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Her research interests center on the Canadian and comparative dimensions of gender and ethnic politics, nationalism and globalization, diversity and public policy, and citizenship theory. She is the co-author (with Christina Gabriel) of Selling Diversity: Immigration, Multiculturalism, Employment Equity and Globalization (2002).Other publications include articles in International Politics, Citizenship Studies, The International Journal of Canadian Studies, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Ethnic Studies. Abu-Laban is currently completing an edited volume on North American politics (which analyzes the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement on institutions, policies and identity in Canada, the US and Mexico) as well as an edited volume on gender and the nation-state in Canada and comparatively. During her year at the UW she will be undertaking a new project examining migration, borders and ethics with a particular focus on Canada and the US.

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2004-05 Canada-US Fulbright Scholar

Claude Couture, Faculté St.-Jean, University of Alberta

Napoléon Lajoie - Québec's Greatest Baseball Player - and Canada-US Identity

Claude Couture

Claude Couture is Professor of Social Sciences and Canadian Studies at the Faculté Saint-Jean (French Campus) of the University of Alberta in Canada, and spent the 2004-2005 academic year as Fulbright Professor at the Center. He is the author of numerous books including, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Etienne Parent and Canadian Liberalism: Paddling with the Current (University of Alberta Press, 1998) and Espace et differences. Histoire du Canada (Presses de l'université Laval, 1996). He has also published extensively in academic journals and contributed chapters to edited books. He is Director of the Canadian Studies Institute of the University of Alberta and associate editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies. His Fulbright project was to write a book about national identity in Canada and the US through an analysis of the media accounts of early 20th Century baseball star Napoléon Lajoie. In 1901, Lajoie batted .423, still the best average for a single season in the history of the American League. While Lajoie had French-Canadian origins, Americans and English-speaking Canadians claimed him as a national hero.

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Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, 2004-05

Lyana Patrick, Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria

Impact of Border on Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the US

Lyana Patrick

Lyana Patrick, Canada-US Fulbright Scholar, recently completed her MA in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria and for the next seven months will participate in graduate classes in documentary filmmaking through the UW Native Voices Program. Patrick is working on a documentary film project that looks at the impacts of the Canada/US border on indigenous peoples whose homelands crossed the border, and the international treaties that protect the rights of indigenous peoples to freely cross geopolitical divides.

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