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Welcome to news from Canadian Studies Affiliated Graduate Students of the Center. Our students have gone on to become experts in their fields and to contribute to a greater understanding of Canada in the United States. We hope you enjoy their stories.
Xiaozhi (Jeff) Cao
Social Work, December 2009
Ethnomusicology, June 2010 (2008–09 FLAS Fellow)
Social Work, June 2010
Business, March 2010
Business, March 2010
Lillian, a 2006–07 FLAS Fellow, recently completed her Master of Public Health and Master of Arts in International Studies. She is currently working in Gabon with a hospital's Community Health Outreach Program.
Updated September 2008
MA, Civil and Environmental Engineering, August 2009
MA, Geography, 2009 (2007–08 FLAS Fellow)
Business, March 2009
Public Health and Community Medicine, August 2009 (2008–09 FLAS Fellow)
MA, Ethnomusicology, 2008 (2006–2008 FLAS Fellow)
Cody is currently on a Fulbright Scholarship doing research on popular music in Tunisia, in addition to organizing an alternative music education project for children in disadvantaged schools in Tunis.
Chair: Ter Ellingson
Updated August 2010
Lecturer, Department of Communication
University of Washington
PhD, Communication, 2008
Natalie was just appointed as a full time Lecturer with the Department of Communication where she will teach six courses in 2008-09 that will include Canadian and Québec content.
Chair: Tony Chan
Updated July 2008
Assistant Professor, Communication
Fairleigh Dickinson University
PhD, Communication, 2008
Kate was appointed to a tenure-track position at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey where she is teaching international and intercultural communication, using lots of Canadian cases. Next up—a project studying public discourse in the late 1700s to early 1800s!
Chair: Nancy Rivenburgh
Updated July 2010
Timothy completed his dissertation, Inuktitut Online in Nunavik: Mixed Methods Web-Based Strategies for Preserving Aboriginal and Minority Languages, in August of 2008, and his dissertation was accepted by the Graduate School on September 24! He holds the first-ever FLAS fellowship for Inuktitut in the country and has received FLAS fellowships every year since 2005.
Updated September 2008
Women Studies, 2008
Alternative Justice Models in Canada and the United States: The Case of Family Violence
Chair, Judy Howard
Karen received her Ph.D. in Women Studies in 2008. Her dissertation examined responses to violence against women in Canada and the United States. This research was supported by a grant from the Canadian government. Karen directs the Writing Center at UW Bothell. Her profile is at http://www.uwb.edu/writingcenter/about/karen
Updated August 2010
Civil Engineering, December 2007 (2006-07 FLAS Fellow)
Assistant Professor, Political Science
San Francisco State University
PhD, Political Science, 2007
Graeme, a 2002-03 FLAS Fellow, is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University where he incorporates some Canadian content into his teaching and research on comparative political systems.
Updated July 2008
Assistant Professor, Communication and Journalism
University of New Mexico
PhD, Communication, 2007 (Chair, Gerry Philipsen)
Tema Milstein is Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico.
Updated June 2007
Lecturer, School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
PhD, Geography, 2006 (Chair, K. England)
Maria, a 2002-03 FLAS Fellow, is currently a Lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.
Updated Winter 2006
Assistant Professor, Sociology
PhD, Sociology, 2005
Steinman is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA.
Erich examines indigenous movements, rights and identity in North America, and especially contemporary decolonization. In both teaching and research regarding these topics, and more generally dynamics of evolving relationships between Indigenous Nations and settlers, he utilizes comparisons between United States and Canadian contexts. He is also involved in efforts to establish a relationship between Pitzer College, which engages in community-based partnerships with Southern California Indian Nations, and the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria, a leader in such pedagogy and partnerships.
Updated July 2010
For me, Québec has been more than a focus of study for the students in my classes. As an area of research, Québec offers a rich array of authors that bear on questions of post-colonial identity and the province’s complex place within the field of post-colonial studies.
Since arriving at the University of West Georgia in 2010, I have had the good fortune to work with dedicated colleagues as well as bright and engaged students. A regional college located less than an hour from Atlanta, the University of West Georgia hosts a diverse community of international students, many of whom have ties to Québec. In the French-language classroom, this Québec-Georgia connection not only gives American students an international learning environment, but also reminds them of the deep roots French has as a North American language.
My upper-level literature and culture classes integrate Québécois literature, culture, and politics as a way to contextualize the vast differences within French-language communities. Most recently, my class on revolt, revolution, and rebellion in the French-speaking world used Québec as a case-study of a contemporary independence movement as a way to not only familiarize students with the political currents of their northern neighbors, but also as a way to think through American issues of immigration, language, and cultural identity.
For me, Québec has been more than a focus of study for the students in my classes. As an area of research, Québec offers a rich array of authors that bear on questions of post-colonial identity and the province’s complex place within the field of post-colonial studies. Currently, I am researching Haitian-Québécoise author, Marie-Célie Agnant, and how her texts provide insight into Québec’s linguistic policies and recent debates on the politics of la francophonie. I am particularly looking forward to presenting some of this research at this year’s American Council for Québec Studies conference in Montréal.
Throughout these past four years, the example of interdisciplinary work provided by the Canadian Studies Center has been a crucial touchstone for my teaching and research interests and methods. Be it from the summer course on contemporary Québécois culture I took at the Université de Montréal in 2005 to the advanced conversation class centered on Québécois literature, culture, and politics I taught my last semester at UW, the Canadian Studies Center has been an invaluable part of my academic path. When I walked through the Center’s doors my first semester at UW in 2003, I had no idea that I would become part of such an enthusiastic community, and it is this same enthusiasm and sense of opportunity that I hope to pass on to the students in my classes.
Lisa Connell is currently the Assistant Professor of French at the University of West Georgia. Lisa Connell successfully defended her thesis, “Pedagogically Speaking: Francophone Women's Autobiography and the Learning Subject,” in July 2010. Richard Watts served as her chair. She earned her Ph.D. in French Studies in 2010 from the University of Washington.
The University of Washington Canadian Studies Center congratulates former graduate assistant Leoule Goshu for graduating the rigorous Harvard Kennedy School of Government Master of Public Policy program!
Mr. Goshu is grateful for his years of service working with the Canadian Studies Center.
Leoule says: “Nadine Fabbi and the Canadian Studies Center opened research opportunities, skills and international work experiences that transformed my life trajectory. Ms. Fabbi’s letter of recommendation and mentorship was instrumental in having the opportunity to successfully complete my Masters thesis. I feel blessed and grateful to work with a talented team.”
Through the Canadian Studies Center, Mr. Goshu was able to complete graduate research projects in Quebec and British Columbia. He assisted and co-managed two field studies in British Columbia.
Leoule Goshu completed his thesis research with the United States Government Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection. Mr. Goshu will graduate with his Harvard Master of Public Policy and University of Washington Master of Education: Higher Education Leadership degrees in June 2014. Leoule Goshu can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devon Ledger (second from the left) with band at the Peach Arch. (Photo credit to Jens Lund)
Hearth Music is an independent publicity agency based out of Seattle that has a special fondness for breaking Canadian roots musicians to the American mainstream. In October, Starbucks around the world picked up on the homemade, old-timey music of Horsefly, British Columbia duo Pharis & Jason Romero thanks to Hearth. They broadcast Pharis' rootsy song "Long Gone Out West Blues" throughout Starbucks stores across the globe, bringing their homey Canadian folk music to many new listeners. In December, NPR picked up on Pharis & Jason, calling their album one of the Top 10 Folk and Americana Albums of 2013. This capped out a banner year for Pharis & Jason, who usually make their living building high-end banjoes out of their home workshop in Horsefly, where Pharis is a fifth-generation resident. Earlier in 2013, Garrison Keillor had invited them to Seattle to perform on A Prairie Home Companion and was so impressed that he immediately invited them to New York for the show in 2014. This isn't the first success for Leger's publicity company. In 2012, they brought the new album from Cape Breton Gaelic singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddler Wendy MacIsaac to NPR's top lists as well, helping Mary Jane & Wendy's wonderfully compelling traditional roots music from Eastern Canada gain a new foothold in the United States.
When Leger was lead booker of the Northwest Folklife Festival, an event that draws 250,000+ people to Seattle every year from all around the Northwest, he'd become connected to many Canadian roots musicians in British Columbia. But he'd always been interested in his own roots in New Brunswick's Acadian communities. While studying Ethnomusicology at the University of Washington, he fell under the wing of Douglas Jackson, Director of Canada Studies, who encouraged him to focus on French-Canadian culture as an area of study. This brought Leger closer to his own father, as the two of them began studying Acadian music more closely, and formed a family band, La Famille Leger. In 2013, this culminated in a trip to Northern New Brunswick with the family to record elder Acadian fiddlers whose music has almost been lost. In 2014, La Famille Leger will release an album of traditional Acadian music from their travels. After forming Hearth in 2010, Leger was determined to help Canadian artists bring their music to American audiences. To date, Devon Leger and Hearth Music have worked with many Canadian roots musicians, and Hearth has become a leading roots music publicity agency in the US and also in Canada.
Some of the songs featured in Hearth Music:
Pharis & Jason Romero: Long Gone Out West Blues
Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac
Devon & Dejah Leger
Devon Ledger is an affiliated graduate of the Canadian Studies Center since 2005. The Canadian Studies Center has a Professional Development Program for Graduate Students enabling any U.W. student from across campus to join the Center as an Affiliated Graduate Student. Affiliated Graduate Students are provided with mentorship and opportunities on cross-border studies.
The Canadian Studies Center would like to extend congratulations to Christopher Herbert, History (2012), University of Washington, who was just appointed to a tenure-track position in the History Department at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Washington.
Christopher’s thesis is entitled, "White Power, Yellow Gold: Colonialism and Identity in the California and British Columbia Gold Rushes, 1848 – 1871." John Findlay served as his chair. The thesis focuses on how white manliness was created, understood, and acted upon, in the California and British Columbia gold rushes. Congratulations Christopher!
The Canadian Studies Center has a Professional Development Program for Graduate Students enabling any U.W. student from across campus to join the Center as an Affiliated Graduate Student. Affiliated Graduate Students are provided with mentorship and opportunities on cross-border studies.
Kate Dunsmore (2008) received her Ph.D. in Communication and is now an assistant professor of Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Her doctoral thesis is entitled, Mediating Alliance: The Role of the Press in Sustaining Reciprocity in the US-Canada Relationship. In summer 2010 Kate spent a week in Ottawa visiting the National Press Gallery and Libraries and Archives Canada. She saw firsthand how the Press Gallery currently functions and the ways it is adapting to Internet-enabled communications. At Libraries and Archives Canada she began exploring newspapers from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This is part of a new project examining the roots of current news frames in coverage of the US-Canada relationship. In April 2011, Kate was at the University of Montreal for the 13th Annual Conference of the International Association for Dialogue Analysis.
Timothy Pasch, Communication
|Tim Pasch with his Inuk grandfather from the Inuit region of Nunavik, Québec.|
The assistance of the Canadian Studies Center was completely invaluable in the successful completion of my Graduate Program. As my research focuses on the Canadian Arctic, travel to the area was integral to conducting fieldwork and collecting data about social networking among the Inuit. When beginning this project, I had very little knowledge of the language of Inuktitut and very few contacts among the Inuit and the Canadian government. Thanks to several Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships awarded through the Center, I was offered the singular opportunity to study Inuktitut and prepare for extended fieldwork in the North. Having knowledge of the language was doubtless the single most important aspect of my communicative and cultural journey North: speaking Inuktitut opened doors of friendship and research opportunity that would have been otherwise inaccessible. A Canadian Embassy Graduate Fellowship enabled payment for the flights up to the Tundra: especially important considering that these flights are some of the most expensive in the world. Meetings with the Avataq Inuit Cultural Attachés in Ottawa, members of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and even interviews with Inuit mayors: so many of these experiences and opportunities were facilitated by the Canadian Studies Center here at the University of Washington in general, and by the tireless and stellar assistance of Associate Director, Nadine Fabbi in particular.
After the unforgettable experiences living with an Inuit family and conducting a survey in Inukjuaq, the Center continued its support of my efforts in analyzing the data and preparing the manuscript. Many drafts of the writing were proofed by the Center and committee and numerous suggestions were offered, ensuring that the information written corresponded with the latest Canadian research and development.
My dissertation was successfully defended in August, and over the past two months I have been working with professional editors ensuring the best possible document. I am humbled and exhilarated to report that my dissertation was officially accepted by the Graduate School of the University of Washington this past Wednesday, September 24 at 2:00 pm. I would like to thank Nadine Fabbi and Program Chair of Canadian Studies, Daniel Hart, for their unflagging support of this extended and ambitious project: without their help none of it would have been possible. I would also like to thank my Advisor Professor Anthony Chan, Communication (and Affiliated Faculty of Canadian Studies), now Associate Dean of the Department of Communication at the University of Ontatio Institute of Technology, who participated in the Doctoral Defense via teleconferencing - with facilities that were made available through a Center grant.
The past four years have been a deeply important personal and professional journey for me, and I would like to thank the Department of Communication, and the Canadian Studies Center, for their unflagging support of my efforts. The feeling upon having the manuscript accepted was indescribable and I am deeply grateful for all those who have supported me during this endeavor. Mille fois merci- Nakurmiik!
Kate Dunsmore was selected by the Distinguished Dissertation Committee, Association of Canadian Studies in the US, as the recipient of this year’s biennial award for her thesis, Mediating alliance: The role of the press in sustaining reciprocity in the US-Canada relationship. Kate’s dissertation utilized the US-Canada relationship as an exemplar of international alliance.
This study demonstrated the active role of the press in both countries in sustaining the essential quality of reciprocity in the relationship. Most notably, in multiple cases, the press was found to pass up opportunities for their preferred simple, conflict-oriented news framing in favor of coverage supportive of bilateral understanding and cohesion.
Kate received her doctorate from the Department of Communication in December 2008. She was appointed to a tenure-track position at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Department of Communication Studies last year.
Alum Builds Canadian Studies in New Jersey
This area of New Jersey fully lives up to the state's nickname - Garden State. The tree-lined roads and traditional architecture make this a charming place to live. The Olmstead-designed former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombley, the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham campus is beautiful.
My area of particular responsibility is international and intercultural communication. I was able to integrate Canadian material in my graduate class on globalization and intercultural communication. This semester I am bringing in many examples of Canadian multiculturalism in my global communication undergraduate course. One of my students has chosen Canada for his geographic focus area, because he wants to know more about Canada than just hockey. Another is focusing on the circumpolar region. For her first project, she explored perspectives from Russia, Nunavut and Nunavik.
The Canadian Studies community in this area is very small, but by using the approach the UW Canadian Studies Center has taken, I hope to develop ties between scholars who may now be isolated. For example, I will integrate Canadian examples into guest lectures, raising the profile of Canadian Studies among students and faculty in other departments.
Currently I am developing would have a study-abroad component that would bring Florham campus students to Vancouver, British Columbia for a week or two. Fairleigh Dickinson has a Vancouver campus so is a natural place for cross-border collaboration. The course would explore intercultural communication in the case of US-Canada relations. I hope to introduce students firsthand to the impact of official bilingualism and the different status accorded First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadians.
I am also looking forward to activities with the Middle Atlantic and New England Council for Canadian Studies as a way to work toward regional collaboration.
I hope to see many of you at ACSUS and other conferences!
Kate Dunsmore’s research at the UW was supported, in part, by funding from a Canadian Studies Center Program Enhancement Grant, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.
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