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December 23, 2020

Dozens of faculty, students, staff and alums are engaged in Canadian Studies. Read here about their recent publications, grants and activities.

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Ellen Ahlness, doctoral candidate, Political Science and 2020-21 FLAS Fellow in Inuktitut published her chapter, Battling the past: Social, economic, and political challenges to Indigenous tourism employment, in A. Walmsley et al (Eds.) Tourism Employment in Nordic Countries: Trends, Practices, and Opportunities. Switzerland: Springer Nature: 375-399.

Ellen also has a chapter in Uncertainty, Maskirovka, and Militarism: Russian Perspectives and Amphibious Assault Potential in the Arctic Near Future” in On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare, which is available digitally (print coming soon) from the Marine Corps University Press.

Elena Bell, International Studies and FLAS Fellow in Inuktitut was advanced to candidacy. Elena’s research looks at Arctic Indigenous filmmaking in Canada and Sakha, Russia.

Elena was also recently published a chapter, “USA: The History of the World War Two is Written in the Present” in Victory-75: Reconstruction of the Anniversary, ed. Gennady Bordyugov. More information about the book and its table of contents are available here, in Russian.

Katie Bunn-Marcuse, Art History and affiliate faculty of Canadian Studies, produced a video, Curating the Conversation: Sharing Northwest Native Art and Art History with the Public (75 min.), with Lou-ann Neel (Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw) and Evelyn Vanderhoop (Haida), published November 5, 2020, as part of a series funded by the UW Simpson Center for the Humanities.

Stan de Mello, School of Social Work and affiliate faculty of Canadian Studies, was promoted from teaching assistant professor to teaching associate professor.

Kate Dunsmore, 2008 alum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Florham Campus, was promoted to full professor. Two of Kate’s Canadian Studies articles were published this year: On the edge of the American Revolution: The Nova Scotia Gazette in 1775 (published in American Journalism); and, co-written with Andrea Hickerson, Refugees and national identity in letters to the editor (published in the International Journal of Communication 14.

Rich Watts, French and Italian Studies and director of the Canadian Studies Center, was awarded a Society of Scholars Faculty Fellowship from the Simpson Center for the Humanities for 2021-22.

Marion Ferguson, program coordinator and exchange programs manager for the Canadian Studies Center, was awarded a certificate in diversity and inclusion in international education through Diversity Abroad.