Canada Program

The WCFIA Canada Program is home to eleven affiliates in 2016–17, including three visiting scholars and eight student Canada Research Fellows. The three visiting scholars are:

  • Professor Krishna Pendakur, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, joins us as the 2016–2017 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies. Professor Pendakur taught Consumer Demand Econometrics (fall 2016) through the Department of Economics.
  • Paul May, a postdoctoral researcher at Queen's University, joins us as a 2016–2017 William Lyon Mackenze King Postdoctoral Fellow. He recently published Philosophies du multiculturalisme with Presses de Sciences Po, coll Fait Politique, Paris, 2016 (English translation forthcoming). Dr. May will teach Multiculturalism and Integration in Europe and Beyond, in spring 2017, through the Department of Sociology. And in fall 2017, he will organize a conference called “The Canadian Model of Diversity: Contemporary Challenges and Opportunities.”
  • Tom Özden-Schilling, a recent graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joins us also as a 2016–2017 William Lyon Mackenze King Postdoctoral Fellow. Professor Özden-Schilling will be teaching Technology and Politics in Native North America (spring 2017) through the Department of Anthropology. In spring 2017, he will organize a conference called “Critical Indigenous STS: Technoscience and Transition in Native North America.”

The Program’s Canada Research Fellows—eight Harvard graduate and undergraduate students who receive dissertation and thesis research funding for their work which includes a Canadian studies component—represent the Graduate School of Design, the T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the College. Research interests include the effect of national-level anti-Muslim political rhetoric on Syrian refugees in the United States and Canada; the impact of politics on infrastructure; Canada and the Ismaili Imamate: The relationship between His Highness the Aga Khan IV and the Canadian federal government; and US and Canadian legal history.

In the News

Dr. Alison Mountz, the Canada Program’s 2015–2016 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, was recently named by the Royal Society of Canada to the prestigious College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Mountz, a professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University, was inducted during a ceremony in Kingston, Ontario, on November 18. She is affiliated with Laurier’s International Migration Center. As a political geographer, she researches the decisions, displacements, and desires that drive human migration and the policies and practices designed to manage migration. Key areas of her work are human migration and displacement, border crossings, border enforcement, political asylum, detention, detention on islands, and US war-resisters in Canada.