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)

Dr. Nathan Andrews began working at the UNBC in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies after having completed a PhD at the University of Alberta and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University, during which time he became a 2017 SSHRC Talent Award national finalist. In May 2019, he received a University Excellence Award in Research at the UNBC. His ongoing research explores the international political economy of natural resource extraction, examining angles such as corporate social responsibility, community development/wellbeing, sustainable livelihoods, social justice, human rights, and local content policies, among others. He is also interested in global norms that govern the activities of transnational corporations, such as the UN Global Compact, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. His peer-reviewed publications on some of these topics appear in such journals as World Development, Resources Policy, Environment, Development & Sustainability, Energy Research & Social Science, Business & Society Review, Africa Today, and the Journal of International Relations & Development among others. In addition to the specific focus on resource extraction, Dr. Andrews is also interested in broad international development topics which has resulted in two co-edited volumes titled Africa Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on ‘Development’ (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Retrospect: Africa’s Development Beyond 2015 (Springer, 2015). He is currently working on three co-authored/edited books as well as undertaking two SSHRC-funded research projects. While always inspired by different research trajectories, Dr. Andrew is also very excited to be teaching courses on research methods, globalization, international regimes, development, and political economy/ecology of extraction as part of the global and international studies program.

Janine Bleaney

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

Dr. Paul Bowles

Professor of Economics and Global & International Studies
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 a broadly trained political economist interested in a number of different areas. Currently, I am working in two main areas. The first is on the topic of extractivism and involves a study of how 'social licence' is being contested in northern British Columbia, Greenland, Sweden, and Mexico as well as my involvement in a multi-researcher, multi-institution collaboration analysing the power of, and resistance, to the fossil fuel industry in Western Canada. This is a relatively new field of research for me and my second current area of research has a longer history drawing upon over 30 years of research on China and Asia. I am analysing various aspects of regionalism in Asia and the impacts of globalisation on the Developmental State.  My most recent publication is the co-edited volume, The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, Routledge: 2018.

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. 3067
Tel:       (250) 960-5597

Research Interests:

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

Dr. Tristan Pearce

Associate Professor, Department of Global & International Studies
Canada Research Chair in Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change
PhD, MA (University of Guelph) BA (UNBC)
Office:      ADMIN 3011
Tel:           250-960-5766

Research Interests:

  • Climate change vulnerability & adaptation
  • Cumulative impacts of resource development & climate change
  • Traditional knowledge systems
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Arctic; South Pacific Islands Region

I am a Canada Research Chair in the Cumulative Impacts of Environmental Change. My research focuses on the human dimensions of global environmental change, and I am particularly interested in the cumulative impacts of climate change and resource development for communities. I lead a diversity of initiatives in this area, including projects focusing on climate change vulnerability and adaptation, and traditional knowledge (with a major focus on the Arctic and South Pacific Islands Region). Knowledge co-production and transmission, disaster risk reduction, food security and health are overarching topics within these themes. I am developing novel approaches to involving traditional and scientific knowledge in climate change adaptation and resource management, and I am involved in developing new approaches to monitoring climate change impacts and adaptations in the Arctic. I welcome communications with other researchers, professionals, and potential graduate students with overlapping interests.

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. Past professional and administrative activities include: Director, UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2012-2018), Regional Vice-President Canada for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) (2016-2019), 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