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Culture and the Canada - U.S. border

Network Members


Dr David Stirrup, University of Kent

David Stirrup is Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent, where he is also Director of American Studies. He is Principal Investigator on the Culture and the Canada-US Border research network. He co-organised the Culture and the Canada-US Border conference at the University of Kent in 2009, and is co-editor of the Culture and the Canada-US Border special issue of American Review of Canadian Studies (40.3, 2010) and of Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border (currently under review with Wilfrid Laurier University Press).

David's research interests are largely focused on Native American and First Nations literature and visual arts, as well as on broader questions of Indigenous rights, global indigeneities, and transnationalism. With direct relevance to this project, he has written articles and chapters on First Nations literature in the context of the so-called Native American Renaissance, on installation and conceptual art at the Canada-US border, and on containment in representations of the border in the fiction of Thomas King and Eric Gansworth. He is currently working on a monograph on a range of Anishinaabeg writers in the USA and Canada, and a long-term project on art, literature, and indigeneity at the Canada-US border. He is organising the Network's first workshop on Indigenous Hemispherism and the Arts in London on September 18th, 2012. | University of Kent


Gillian Roberts is Lecturer in North American Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, and is Co-Investigator on the Culture and the Canada-US Border research network. She was co-organiser of the Culture and the Canada-US Border conference at the University of Kent in 2009, and is co-editor of the Culture and the Canada-US Border special issue of American Review of Canadian Studies (40.3, 2010) and of Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border (currently under review with Wilfrid Laurier University Press).

Her work on the Canada-US Border includes a chapter on Carol Shields's textual and extratextual border crossings in her monograph, Prizing Literature: The Celebration and Circulation of National Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2011) and her current monograph project, which focuses on cultural representations of the Canada-US border, comprising sections on travel writing, TV border policing dramas, First Nations and Native American approaches to the border, African-Canadian perspectives on the border, and Canada's relationship to the Americas. Gillian has taught modules on representations of the Canada-US border and border-crossing film adaptations, and will be organising the Culture and the Canada-US Border's conference on cross-border cultural production, reception, and circulation at the University of Nottingham in the summer of 2014. | University of Nottingham

Dr Jan Clarke, Algoma University

Dr Clarke is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at Algoma University in Ontario. Her research interests focus on the impact of women’s health and labour movements on  the practice of technology and biomedicine, and cross-border healthcare challenges. Dr Clarke’s contributions as a sociologist and social theorist are crucial to the interdisciplinary conversations that the network seeks to establish. Along with Joanne Elvy, she will host the first of our two international conferences at Algoma University, which will focus on “Hemispherism”. | Algoma University

Professor Munroe Eagles, University of Buffalo

Munroe Eagles is Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program, a Professor of Political Science and an Adjunct Professor of Geography and Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo - State University of New York, where he has taught since 1989. Prior to coming to UB, he taught for three years at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and a BA (Hons) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. In addition, he has studied at the University of Toronto and at the Universities of Essex and Exeter in the United Kingdom.

At UB he has served for almost a decade as an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States and Vice-President of the Canadian Politics section of the American Political Science Association. His primary research interests fall in the areas of Canadian electoral geography and party politics, borderlands and cross-border governance issues, and Canada-US relations. He has published extensively on these topics and his most recent book, co-authored with Ken Carty, is entitled Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (Oxford University Press, 2005). Since 2005, he has been collaborating with Nik Nanos of Nanos Research, Ottawa, ON, on a study of the public opinion environment for Canadian-American relations. | University of Buffalo

Dr Lee Easton

Lee Easton has worked in the Department of English at Mount Royal University and is currently Associate Dean at Sheridan College in Ontario. His special interests include media and representation, gender/queer theory, literary theory, multimedia, and film.

Joanne Elvy, Algoma University

Joanne Elvy is an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Algoma University.  Her interdisciplinary interests have included arts-informed research, film, media, cultural meanings and border studies. She is a Latin Americanist with a specific interest in Canadian/Cuban relations, and her PhD work is concerned with art-informed research on women and education in Cuba post-1959  Currently she holds an administrative position at Algoma University as the Director of International Student Outreach. | Algoma University

Professor Kelly Hewson, Mount Royal University

Professor Hewson is a scholar of postcolonial literature and film studies. She has a strong history of interdisciplainary and collaborative work, most recently with fellow network partner Lee Easton. Professor Hewson will host the Mount Royal University workshop, which will focus on border ‘aesthetics and poetics’. | Mount Royal University

Dr Jeffrey Orr

Dr Orr was born in Saskatchewan and raised in Vancouver. He has spent the last 15 years in Asia and Europe; as a graduate student at Queen's University, Belfast (MA) and Leeds University (PhD) and from 2006 to 2011, teaching English literature and Cultural Studies at several universities in Istanbul, Turkey. His research interests include visual/narrative rhetoric, and mixed media representational art; memory and national/transnational identity; cartographic representations of identity, and concrete poetry.