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FLAS alum in doctoral program at East Carolina University

Samantha Farquhar sits with her legs crossed at a desk with two computer screens. She is smiling at the camera and wears a red plaid flannel shirt over a white t-shirt withe black leggings, and a grey baseball cap.
A picture of Sam where she spends most her time these days—her desk. Photo credit: Samantha Farquhar

March 19, 2021

Samantha Farquhar, 2019 FLAS Fellow in French, is working to establish studies in Canada in food security, fisheries and development.

Samantha was a 2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow in French through the Center while pursuing a Masters in Marine and Environmental Affairs at UW. Her research focused on Canadian community-based resource issues and the narratives used to convey these issues. This work can be found open-access in ARCTIC journal.

Since her fellowship, Sam continues to engage with Northern and Canadian issues, now while in a doctoral program for Integrated Coastal Sciences at East Carolina University. Sam works with Dr. Nadine Heck who completed her own dissertation research in Canada surrounding marine protected area effectiveness. Sam is working to establish studies in Canada surrounding food security, fisheries and development. She is in current talks with the Makivik Corporation in Nunavik, Québec to assess the potential of climate change-induced emerging fisheries in Nunavik. Additionally, she submitted a grant to the Oil Spill Recovery Institute to understand how potential oil spills may impact local resources and food sovereignty.

Sam is currently participating as an Arctic Winter College Fellow with the Arctic Institute where she is drafting policy briefs surrounding Northern issues. Sam is excited to see these research ideas and collaborations come to life when travel is safe in the future.

The Canadian Studies Center is a recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program grant. The grant provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to assist meritorious graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and Canadian Studies. The Canadian Studies Center is extremely proud in having awarded several Fellowships in least-commonly taught Canadian Aboriginal languages including Inuktitut, Dane-zaa, Musqueam Salish, and Anishinaabemowin.