Claude Couture

Summer Pacific Northwest Québec Professor, University of Alberta, 2004-05, Research project: National Identity in Canada and the United States as understood via a media analysis of early 20th-century baseball star Napoléon Lajoie


Claude Couture was the Summer 2006 Pacific Northwest Québec Professor from the University of Alberta and the 2004-05 Fulbright Canada visiting scholar.

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.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.