BA (Athabasca), MEDes (Calgary), PhD (Calgary)
Office: ADMIN 3076
I specialize in the history of ideas, with a special interest in ancient Greek and post-Enlightenment German philosophy.
I am currently completing a book about the history of the idea of creativity, called Reality, Creativity, Discovery. I argue that creativity is an idea that we copied from Christianity and that reality is discovered rather than created.
The reason you should study the history of ideas is that we are the copiers rather than the creators of our ideas, including our ideas of ourselves. For example, if you believe in creativity, you acquired that idea from your culture. Every complex idea has a long cultural history, so to understand yourself, you have to study the history of your culture’s ideas. I can help you do that.
Dr. Douglas Jarvis
BA (Mount Allison), MA (York), PhD (Carleton)
Office: ADMIN 3023
Douglas’ primary research and teaching interests are in comparative North American studies, social and political thought, history and literary/film criticism. He has taught comparative politics and international relations at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as Canadian governance on the federal, provincial and local levels at Lakehead University. Douglas has also taught modern political philosophy at Carleton University. He has published in the Canadian Review of American Studies, the American Review of Canadian Studies and the Journal of Family History. Douglas was also an invited contributor to the two volume anthology series titled Trump and Political Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan—2017). He is a recipient of the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson Award of Excellence in Canadian Studies and was a representative of Canada at the 2007 European Union Diplomatic Study Tour.
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
Dr. Lacharite’s principal areas of research include Canadian and comparative public policy, globalization and state taxation, Chinese politics and society, and international security matters. He teaches comparative politics, Chinese and American politics and government, and parties and elections in Canada.
Dr. Fiona MacDonald
Office: ADMIN 3058
Dr. Fiona MacDonald (PhD UBC) is an Assistant Professor specializing in Gender Politics. Dr. MacDonald co-edited the Finding Feminisms special issue of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (June 2017) which includes her article, “Knocking Down Walls in Political Science: In
Defense of an Expansionist Feminist Agenda.” Her other publications can be found in the journals Hypatia, Citizenship Studies, Constellations, and Canadian Public Administration. Her article “Indigenous Peoples and Neoliberal ‘Privatization’ in Canada: Opportunities, Cautions and Constraints” won the 2012 John McMenemy Prize for the best article published in volume 44 of the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Her co-edited book, Turbulent Times, Transformational Opportunities? Gender and Politics Today and Tomorrow, was published with University of Toronto Press, Spring 2020. She is currently working on research related to the impact(s) of apology following medical error or mistreatment and a co-edited book titled, Feministing in Political Science: A Manifesta for Change.
Office: ADMIN 3063
Jason Morris has been teaching political science at UNBC since 2004, and is also an alumnus. He has worked in many positions in the so-called “real world” of politics and government. As a political scientist, Jason is interested in the politics of health care. He has researched poverty alleviation best practices in developing countries, with a focus on slums in Kenya. He has produced a documentary video on youth voting and political participation and conducts public opinion surveys on political issues. Jason is also a frequent media pundit for UNBC and enjoys playing music.
Canada Research Chair
MA (Western), PhD (McGill)
Office: ADMIN 3075
Michael is a Professor in the Political Science Program and an Adjunct Professor in the Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Program at UNBC. From 2006 to 2015 he held the Canada Research Chair in Comparative Indigenous-State Relations. Michael’s research and teaching interests include the politics of ethnocultural and ethnonational diversity, Indigenous rights and governance, democracy and democratization,ethics and public affairs, and the philosophical and political linkages between freedom and well-being.
Michael’s recent publications include “Self-Determination as a Collective Capability: The Case of Indigenous Peoples,” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2014); “Multiculturalism” (Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy, 2018); “Self-Determination Theory: Political and Psychological,” David McGrane and Neil Hibbert (eds), Contemporary Canadian Political Theory (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019); and “Indigenous Peoples and the Struggle for Self-Determination: A Relational Approach” Canadian Journal of Human Rights, 2019.
Professor and Department Chair
BA (Hons) in Political Science (Carleton); MA in Russian and East European Studies (Toronto); PhD in Political Science (Toronto)
Office: ADMIN 3066
My research and teaching examines the remarkable resiliency and adaptability of regions and communities in the face of the powerful forces of global change. My work on Arctic politics and governance explores the multidimensional relationships that exist between Inuit regions and governments and organizations at the provincial, national and international levels. My latest book, Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic (UBC Press – 2020), analyzes the political and institutional development of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, three autonomous Inuit regions in northern Canada. I am also interested in the ways that small island jurisdictions, such as the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in the British Isles, are protecting and revitalizing their Indigenous languages and cultures in a world that is becoming increasingly homogenized. Closer to home, I study the impacts that global processes and changes are having on communities across northern British Columbia and other parts of the Canadian provincial norths.
I currently serve as the President of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) and I am a Council Member of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA). I am also the Lead for the University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on Arctic and Northern Governance and a founding member of the University of the Arctic’s Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education. For more information see: https://www.unbc.ca/people/wilson-dr-gary
B. Ed. (UBC); Juris Doctor (UVic)
B.Sc. (Taranto - Italy), PhD (Camerino - Italy)
BA (Western Reserve University); MA, BD and PhD (University of Chicago)
Alex is a Professor Emeritus with the Political Science Department. He has published 23 books and over 95 refereed articles, and founded or co-founded 6 scholarly journals. He is the President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s Sectoral Commission on Natural, Social and Human Sciences, and a past President of Academy II (Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Royal Society of Canada, and of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies. He has won several awards of distinction, including the:
•Gold Medal for Achievement in Research (2004) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (the Council’s highest honour);
•Award for the Betterment of the Human Condition (2003) from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies;
•Vincentian Ethics Scholar Award (2002) by the Vincentian Universities of the USA;
•Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Quality of Life Research (1996) from the International Society for Quality of Life Studies;
•Secretary of State’s Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research in Canadian Studies (1984);
•British Columbia Political Science Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2005);
•Honorary Doctor of Letters from Thompson Rivers University, B.C. (2005); and
•Deryck Thompson Award for Community Social Planning (2006) from the Social Planning and Research Council of B.C.