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Graduate Research News 2010-2011

UW graduate students are engaged in some of the most innovative research projects on Canada in the United States. Following are achievements of and articles by students on their projects including field research trips to Canada during the 2011-12 academic year.

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May 2011
Pettinicchio Article Published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies
By David Pettinicchio, Sociology 

February 2011
UW Canadian Studies Center Welcomes Our New Graduate Staff Researcher and Strategic Partnerships Curriculum Developer Leoule A. Goshu
By Leoule A. Goshu

November 2010
Chris Bajuk, Co-Leader for the 2011 MBA Canada Study Tour, is Featured in the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Newsletter
By Chris Bajuk, Business Administration and Science 

September 2010
Graduate Affiliate from Marine Affairs, Amanda Barney, Returns from Research Trip to a Fisheries Out-Post in Newfoundland
By Amanda Barney, Marine Affairs 

Pettinicchio Article Published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies


David Pettinicchio

David Pettinicchio, doctoral candidate in Sociology and affiliated graduate student of the Center, just had an paper published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies. "Public and Elite Policy Preferences: Gay Marriage in Canada" explores the role of parties, interest groups and public opinion in the enactment of 'controversial' public policy.

As a PhD candidate in sociology, David has broad interests in political sociology, law and society, social problems, and social movements. His dissertation examines the rise of the disability rights movements from an historical, organizational and institutional perspective. He has published in Social Indicators Research and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He teaches a course on contemporary social movements at the University of Washington, and was recently invited to sit on the student editorial board of the journal Social Problems.

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UW Canadian Studies Center Welcomes Our New Graduate Staff Researcher and Strategic Partnerships Curriculum Developer Leoule A. Goshu

Bonnie McConnell
Leoule Goshu, Graduate Staff Researcher and Strategic Partnerships Curriculum Developer

The University of Washington Canadian Studies Center welcomes Leoule Goshu as our newest Graduate Staff Researcher and Strategic Partnerships Curriculum Developer. Through our Center, Leoule is an ambitious agenda-setter: launching four new Summer 2011 courses, including University of Washington's first queer study abroad/study tour program in Vancouver British Columbia in partnership with Simon Frasier University's Canadian History of Sex and Activism National Academic Conference, College of Arts and Sciences Comparative History of Ideas and University of Washington Q Center administrations. Leoule studies Organizations and Policy: Higher Education Administration with his applied focus on building Canadian interdisciplinary study tours and undergraduate courses partnerships for our center. His research interests include career, student and organizational development.

Prior to joining our center, Leoule Goshu studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on a prestigious Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship. Leoule is grateful for the opportunity to strengthen University of Washington Canadian Studies Center's footprint and global impact.

Leoule's work drew the attention of UW athlete David Kopay, who contributed $1 million to the University of Washington Q Center, the queer community center. He was featured in Advocate Magazine , the University of Washington Daily and represented the University of Washington in the 2007 Seattle Times graduation edition.

Leoule Goshu in Vancouver.

He enjoys connecting people with jobs, scholarships, and graduate school opportunities. His passion is to pay it forward and help people live their lives to the fullest.

He travels frequently. (His travel hot spots are: New Orleans, Denver, Vancouver, Québec and Montréal). He enjoys queer communities.

Leoule's 2012 project is to mobilize a cross-university team to develop a US-Canada conference on the History of Justice, Sovereignty, and Identity on the 150th anniversary of the University of Washington. He welcomes interest from the Canadian Studies Center community. Leoule can be reached at

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Chris Bajuk, Co-Leader for the 2011 MBA Canada Study Tour, is Featured in the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Newsletter

Chris is a second year MBA student at the Michael G. Foster School of Business and a first year Master of Science in Real Estate student at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, both at the University of Washington in Seattle.

“The 2010 Canadian Leadership Orientation Program was fascinating and insightful. I learned not only about Canada, but the U.S. and Mexico as well. A common theme pervaded all of the talks and panel discussions: It is vitally important for the continued success of our three countries that future business leaders understand the issues and driving forces that underlie our economic, cultural, and demographic ties.
Therefore, I have undertaken the task of furthering the knowledge of my Foster MBA peers by leading 25 of them on a study tour to Toronto in March 2011. We will spend a week visiting several of Canada's most influential business including TD Bank, the CBC, Rogers Communications, Hudson's Bay Company, and Tim Hortons. Our goal is to learn more about Canadian businesses and best practices, how trade and politics influence company operations, and how Canadian companies compete globally. Of course, we will see many fantastic sights around Toronto as well, including Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, and the majesty that is Canadian Hockey: The Maple Leafs (Please note: The Telfer School of Management does not support this comment…Go Sens GO!).

To the Telfer School of Management CLOP program organizers and partners, thank you! I am very grateful for the experiences during that week in Ottawa and Montreal with some of the brightest minds and nicest people.”

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Windswept researcher, Amanda Barney, Marine Affairs, at Deep Bay, Fogo Island, Newfoundland.
Windswept researcher, Amanda Barney, Marine Affairs, at Deep Bay, Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Graduate Affiliate from Marine Affairs, Amanda Barney, Returns from Research Trip to a Fisheries Out-Post in Newfoundland


During the middle of September 2010 I traveled to Fogo Island, Newfoundland in order to conduct a series of interviews with locals in an attempt to measure community resilience on the island. The original aim of my research was to use the communities on Fogo Island as a case study for how to sustain and develop community resilience in fisheries resource dependent outports that are or will be facing major changes to the fisheries they depend on.

Currently the communities on the island are in the middle of major social changes - they are going to have a centralized municipal government for the first time in their history instead of having representatives from each community, and they are seeing changes occur due to the investments of time and money from two organizations. The Shorefast Foundation is a charitable organization that is partnering with and supporting the people of Fogo Island as they invest in ways to revitalize their economy in the face of ongoing changes to the North Atlantic fisheries ( The Fogo Island Arts Corporation is a contemporary art venue housed in several studios that aims to make Fogo Island and the Change Islands internationally visible through the arts (

Due to the input from these two organizations, the communities are no longer typical outports. Most small fishing villages do not have this type of non-governmental financial and social support and this meant the communities of Fogo Island may no longer be ideal case studies for other fisheries dependent outports. Since I was on Fogo Island, and because the people were so generous with their time, ideas and thoughts about their future, I knew that I wanted this place to remain the focus of my research. I was able to talk with people at both the Shorefast Foundation and the Fogo Island Arts Corporation (who so kindly showed me inside the beautiful Long Studio), and with locals and determined that I could still look at social sustainability on Fogo Island. But instead of attempting to measure it, I will instead attempt to help promote and build it by developing a geotourism plan for Fogo Island as described by the National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations (
Amanda Barney is a second year graduate student at the School of Marine Affairs and a Canadian Studies Affiliate at the Jackson School working with Professor Marc L. Miller. She currently returned from a research trip to her native Newfoundland where she got to explore Fogo Island for the first time.

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