Department of Global and International Studies Faculty

Faculty

Faculty

Dr. Nathan Andrews

Dr. Nathan Andrews

On Leave (October 19, 2020 - April 6, 2021)
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
Email:  nathan.andrews@unbc.ca
Website

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


Dr. Paul Bowles

Dr. Paul Bowles

Professor of Economics and Global & International Studies
MA (Sussex), Ph.D. (London School of Economics)
Office:  Admin. 3032
Tel:  (250) 960-6648
Email:  paul.bowles@unbc.ca
Website

Research Interests:

  • Globalization and regionalization
  • Capitalism
  • Development theory and practice
  • China's Political economy
  • Financial Institutions

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. 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 a Fulbright Canada Research Chair for 2020-2021 researching "Canada and the US in the Shadow of China's Rise". I am also working on a 3rd edition of my book Capitalism (Pearson 2008, 2012) and a 2nd edition of the co-edited volume, The Essential Guide to Critical Development Studies, (Routledge: 2018).


Gerry Chidiac

Gerry Chidiac

French Language Instructor
Office:  Admin. 3064
Tel:       250-960-5704
Email:  gerald.chidiac@unbc.ca

I studied French at l’Université de Montréal and worked for two years in Zaïre (now the République Démocratique du Congo).  I began teaching French Immersion in School District 57 (Prince George) in 1999 and joined the International Studies Department at UNBC in 2019. 

In addition to teaching French at UNBC, I specialize in teaching German, Social Justice, and working with at-risk students at the high school level.  I also write a weekly column for The Prince George Citizen and Troy Media, which I see as an extension of my classroom.

I enjoy teaching because I believe we each have the capacity to change the world for the better, and working to achieve this goal brings meaning and joy to life.


 

Ami Hagiwara

Ami Hagiwara

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

Research Interests:

  • Teaching Method of Japanese Composition
  • Conversation Practice Method


Dr. Jacqueline Holler

Dr. Jacqueline Holler

Chair, Department of Global & International Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History
BA & MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Emory)
Office:   Admin. 3003
Phone:  250-960-6343
Email:    jacqueline.holler@unbc.ca

Dr Jacqueline Holler is an historian of early colonial Mexico who also teaches contemporary Latin American history and teaches and conducts research in the area of Gender Studies. She is author and co-author of books, chapters, and articles on colonial Latin American history and contemporary gender studies; her primary research interests lie at the juncture of gender, sexuality, emotion, health, and religion. Her current project on the history of multiethnic women’s healing networks in colonial Mexico is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2020—2025). She has supervised graduate students in History, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and International Studies. Dr. Holler accepts graduate students working on Mexican or contemporary Latin American topics relating to her research interests, and will consider students working on gender, sexuality, violence against women, or women’s health in other regions of the world.


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
Email:   jason.lacharite@unbc.ca

Research Interests:

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

Dr. Tristan Pearce

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:           250-960-5555
Email:      tristan.pearce@unbc.ca
Website:  www.envchange.com

Undergraduate Courses Taught:

  • INTS 425 - Sustainability Problem Solving
  • INTS 490 – Global Capstone

Research Interests:

  • Climate change vulnerability & adaptation
  • Traditional knowledge systems
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Arctic and Inuit studies
  • South Pacific Islands Region

My research and teaching 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.


Stephanie Powell-Hellyer

Instructor
BA (Honours) Geography (Laurentian); MA International Studies (UNBC)
Office:   Admin. 3080
Tel:        250-960-5286
Email:   stephanie.hellyer@unbc.ca


Dr. Heather Smith

Dr. Heather Smith

Professor
Ph.D. (Political Studies) Queen's University, Kingston Ontario (1993)
Email:  heather.smith@unbc.ca

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 Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is the recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2006), the Canadian Political Science Excellence in Teaching Award (2012), a two time recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award, and a 2018 BCcampus Scholarly Teaching Fellow. Most recently, she has been a a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University (2018-2020). In her most recent administrative position, she was the Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of Northern British Columbia (2012-2018).  Other teaching and learning activities include: Facilitator for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) International Collaborative Writing Group on personal narrative and autoethnography (2019), Regional Vice-President Canada of ISSOTL  (2016-2019) and founding co-coordinator of the ISSOTL Fellows Program (2017-2019).

She has published in both the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) and in the many areas related to Canadian foreign policy.  Among her most recent teaching and learning publications are: “Unlearning: A Messy and Complex Journey with Canadian Foreign Policy” International Journal, (2017), Vol. 72(2) and with Roselynn Verwoord (2020), “The P.O.W.E.R. Framework: Power Dimensions Shaping Students-as-Partners Processes” in Sophia Abbott and Lucy-Mercer Mapstone (eds) The Power of Student-Staff Partnership: Revolutionizing Higher Education. She also has a forthcoming edited volume with David J. Hornsby, Teaching International Relations in an Age of Disruption with Palgrave Press.

Her long history of publishing in Canadian foreign policy included the edited volume with Claire Turenne Sjolander and Deborah Stienstra, Feminist Perspectives on Canadian Foreign Policy, (Oxford 2003), and her edited volume with Claire Turenne Sjolander, Canada in the World: Internationalism in Canadian Foreign Policy, (Oxford, 2013). Forthcoming research in Canadian foreign policy includes, with Tari Ajadi, “Human Security and Feminist Foreign Policy Compared” in International Journal, (September 2020) and “The Myth of Canada as a Non-Colonial Power” with Liam Midzain-Gobin, in American Review of Canadian Studies (in press).

She currently resides in Halifax and will be teaching online in the fall. 

 

Dr. Upasana Thakkar

Dr. Upasana Thakkar

Spanish Language Instructor
PhD (University of British Columbia), M.A.& B.A. (University of Delhi)
Email: upasana.thakkar@unbc.ca

Teaching & Research Interests:

  • Latin American Literature
  • Central American Fiction and film
  • Testimonial Literature (Latin America and India)
  • Literature and film from the South Asian Diaspora
  • Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies, Memory Studies, Subaltern Studies

My research and teaching focuses on Spanish Language and Literature, and Latin American fiction and film studies. I am also interested in the Latin American testimonial genre and Central American post-civil-war narratives that describe migration, transnationalism, and exile. My current research interests revolve around exploring the south-south dialogue that can take place when we read texts from South America alongside those from South Asia. I am keen to compare diasporic literature from Latin America with that of South Asia, to observe the issues and concerns that surface when they are read together in the context of global south.


Hiroe Wood

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