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Faculty publications, grants and activities in 2018–19

Katie Bunn-Marcuse, School of Art, Art History and Design, director of Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art and curator of Northwest Native Art, Burke Museum, presenting the Franz Boaz project with Tom Child, Kwagu’l First Nation, British Columbia, at the 2019 Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of British Columbia in June 2019.

November 26, 2019

Almost 60 faculty across campus serve as affiliated faculty of the Center. In the past academic year, they published over 20 scholarly articles, raised over $2 million in grant funding and conducted research pertaining to Canada and the Canada-U.S. relationship.

In the 2018–19 academic year, over 20 scholarly articles by UW faculty focused on the Canadian social systems, the environment, Indigenous Peoples and more. Research foci ranged widely from aging and HIV (Charles Emlet, UW Tacoma), to elder care workers (Kim England, Geography), to the salmon industry in British Columbia (Ray Hilborn, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences), to Indigenous language revitalization (Russ Hugo, Language Learning Center), to sea ice loss in the Canadian Arctic (Kristin Laidre and Harry Stern, Applied Physics Laboratory), to Indigenous agency (Joshua Reid, History), to Inuit influence in international relations (Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies, and Jason Young, Information School).

The largest research grant was an over $300,000 grant from NASA, “Navigability Indicators for the Northwest Passage and the Northern Sea Route,” PI Harry Stern, Polar Research Center. Elena Campbell, History, was awarded over $20,000 for her book project, Northern Turn, as well as a course development grant from History for a new course that will be part of the Arctic minor, “At the Top of the World: Arctic Histories.”

Faculty also engaged in field research in Canada, including Lucy Jarosz, Geography, who spent time in Québec City to do archival research on agrarian history and development in Québec; Sharon Hargus, Linguistics, who was in northern British Columbia doing fieldwork on the Tsek’ene language; and Katie Bunn-Marcuse, Art History, who attended conferences in British Columbia and New Zealand, where she presented her research on the Franz Boas project.

The Center also works with faculty from Northwest Indian College and Edmonds Community College to build Indigenous content north of the border into the curriculum.

In 2019–20, almost faculty and researchers representing 11 departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and nine professional schools (including six schools/centers in the College of the Environment), Professional and Continuing Education, UW Libraries and all three UW campuses, will contribute to knowledge and expertise on Canada, its relationship to the United States and its role in global affairs as affiliated faculty of the Canadian Studies Center.