Department of Global and International Studies Faculty


Dr. Nathan Andrews

Assistant Professor, Department of Global & International Studies
PhD – University of Alberta; MA – Brock University; BA – University of Ghana
Office:  Admin. 3034
Tel:       250-960-5768

Research Interests:

  • Global governance and regimes
  • International political economy of natural resource extraction
  • Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • Development agendas for Sub-Saharan African countries
  • Community development issues (i.e. livelihoods, poverty, social justice)

I recently completed a monograph based on my PhD research for Palgrave Macmillan (titled Gold Mining and the Discourses of Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana), which is scheduled to be published by the end of 2018. Another co-authored monograph I just began working on employs assemblage and actor network theory to examine the 'resource curse’ in the context of Ghana’s oil and gas sector. Additionally, there are two co-edited volumes I am part of, both of which are with the University of Toronto Press. The first one, with an expected release date of 2019, is Corporate Social Responsibility and Canada’s Role in Africa’s Extractive Sectors (co-edited with J. Andrew Grant). The second one, expected in 2020, is titled Natural Resource-Based Development in Africa: Panacea or Pandora’s Box? (co-edited with Jesse Ovadia and J. Andrew Grant). In addition to these book projects, I am the Principal Investigator on a new SSHRC-funded project that examines the dilemmas of oil extraction and sustainable livelihoods in small-scale fishing communities in Ghana and Mexico. All these ongoing projects underscore my interest in the broader international political economy/ecology of resource extraction and the developmental outcomes of extractivism.

Janine Bleaney

Spanish Language Instructor
Office:  Admin. 3023
Tel:       (250)-960-5784

Dr. Paul Bowles

Professor of Economics and Global & International Studies
Acting Department Chair
MA (Sussex), Ph.D. (London School of Economics)
Office:  Admin. 3032
Tel:  (250) 960-6648

Research Interests:

  • Globalization and regionalization
  • Development theory and practice
  • China's Political economy
  • Financial Institutions
  • History of economic thought

I am currently working on a number of research projects. The first concerns how China manages its currency, the renminbi. The exchange rate regime has become a little more flexible but the reasons why China persists with this regime have perplexed scholars. In this project, with Baotai Wang and Greg Chin, we adopt a political approach to examine China's policies. We are also looking into the future and considering the implications of our analysis for renmibi internationalization and the future of the present US dollar dominated international monetary system. The second, also funded by SSHRC, examines how northern BC is globalizing. The region has long been integrated into world markets but, in the current period, this is marked by a greater role for Asia and in the context of neoliberal domestic policy. A multidisciplinary group is examining the implications of this for governance, the economy, and First Nations. A third project is looking at the rise of fringe financial institutions, such as payday loan lenders, and analysing why individuals use them. I am also preparing a new version of my book on Capitalism.

Nicole Cudennec

French Language Instructor
Office:  Admin. 3064
Tel:      (250) 960-5704

Ami Hagiwara

Japanese Language Instructor
Japanese Literature (Japanese Linguistics) at Nihon University, Japan, MA Education (UNBC)
Office:  Admin. 3022
Tel:       (250) 960-5593

Research Interests:

  • Teaching Method of Japanese Composition
  • Conversation Practice Method

Dr. Jason Lacharite

Assistant Professor, Global & International Studies and Political Science
BA (Honours), Political Science and Sociology (UVic); MA (High Distinction), Graduate School of International Studies (Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea); PhD, School of Political and Social Inquiry (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia)
Office:  Admin. 3013
Tel:       (250) 960-5597

Research Interests:

  • Canadian and comparative public policy
  • Globalization and state taxation
  • Chinese politics and society
  • International security matters

Stephanie Powell-Hellyer

BA (Honours) Geography (Laurentian); MA International Studies (UNBC)
Office:   Admin. 3080
Tel:        250-960-5286

Dr. Heather Smith

On Leave (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2020)
Ph.D. (Political Studies) Queen's University, Kingston Ontario (1993)

Research Interests:

  • Canadian foreign policy
  • Critical and feminist pedagogies
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning in International Studies
  • Gender and Canadian foreign policy
  • Decolonizing Canadian foreign policy

Heather A. Smith is a Professor of International Studies. She is currently on leave until July of 2020. During her leave she’ll be a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University. She is a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Fellow as well as a Research Fellow at the Dalhousie Centre for Security and Development.  She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), and a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award. Actively engaged in the promotion of the scholarship of teaching and learning, she is the Regional Vice-President Canada for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Past professional and administrative activities include: Director, UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2012-2018), Co-Section Head for Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Workshop and Teaching and Learning Politics Section, (2011 and 2017), Chair, Canadian Political Science Association Board of Directors subcommittee on developing a teaching award (2009) and Chair, International Studies Association Canada Professional Development Committee, (2009-2012). Among her most recent publications are: Heather A. Smith and David R. Black, (2014) “Back to the Tickle Trunk: Assessing Theorization in Canadian Foreign Policy” International Journal, 69, 2; with Jeremie Cornut, (2016) “The Status of Women in Canadian Foreign Policy” Journal of Women, Politics and Policy,  37, 2; with Tracy Summerville, (2017) “Four Conversations We Need To Have About Teaching and Learning in Canadian Political Science”, forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Political Science and “Not High On Our Radar? Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada” in Rebecca Tiessen and Stephen Baranyi (eds), Obligations and Omissions: Canada’s Ambiguous Actions on Gender Equality in the South, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Anna Casas Aguilar

Adjunct Professor
Ph.D. University of Toronto (2013)

Research Interests:

  • Spanish and Latin American Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Hispanic and International Cinema
  • Feminism, Gender and Masculinities
  • Translation

Anna Casas-Aguilar is the Aldyen Hamber Research Fellow in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and Adjunct Professor in the International Studies Department. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in 2013. Before joining UNBC, she was an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wright State University in Ohio, where she developed courses on Spanish culture, cinema and translation. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary Hispanic literature and cinema, gender and cultural studies.

She is completing her book, A Fatherless Nation: Paternity and Autobiography after Franco. It examines how several writers in the 1970s and 1980s confronted and reconstituted the idea of paternity promoted during Franco’s dictatorship. Her next project, “Confronting Europe: Tourism, Gender Models and Regional Consciousness in Spain, 1960-1980,” examines the representation of tourism in film and literature as well as the influence of tourism on the construction of regional and gender identities in Spain.

Hiroe Wood

Japanese Language Instructor
November 1, 1951 - February 3, 2013

The Department of International Studies is deeply saddened by the passing of our long term Japanese Language Instructor.

2013 UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award recipient