The Canadian-American Studies major and minor are designed to expand knowledge of Canada and understanding of the shared Canadian-American experience, including opportunities and challenges. Through these programs, students will gain the tools necessary for engaging with key cultural, environmental, and economic issues that face both Canada and the United States.
Its curriculum prepares students for positions in education, business, government, communication, and international organizations in the United States, Canada, and other areas of the world. It also provides an entry-point for opportunities in Canadian-American Studies and combines well with other majors and minors to add depth and international expertise. Examples include combining Canadian-American Studies with: environmental science and policy, international business, geography, anthropology, political science, marketing, communication studies, journalism, history, and foreign languages.
Opportunities for study in Canada and internships are also available. As well, the Center for Canadian-American Studies offers yearly student scholarship opportunities.
For program advisement, contact Program Director Christina Keppie: Christina.Keppie@wwu.edu.
Participating Canadian-American Studies Faculty
CHRISTINA KEPPIE, Director, French. Acadian and French-Canadian languages, linguistics, and cultures.
AMIR ABEDI, Political Science. Comparative politics, European politics.
TROY ABEL, Environmental Studies. Environmental policy and resolutions.
EDWARD ALDEN, Management. International business, economics, international trade, management.
MARY TUTI BAKER, Canadian-American Studies and Fairhaven College. Indigenous politics and futures studies.
BIDISHA BISWAS, Political Science. Security and counterterrorism.
PATRICK BUCKLEY, Geography. Transborder economic modeling and GIS.
SARAH CAMPBELL, Anthropology. Pre-history of the Northwest coast.
DANIEL CHARD, History. US and the world since World War II, social movements, politics, terrorism and counterterrorism.
KATE DESTLER, Political Science. Public policy, civic engagement, race and ethnicity, urban politics.
TODD DONOVAN, Professor, Political Science. State and local elections and representation.
AQUILA FLOWER, Environmental Studies. Physical geography, GIS, climatic variability.
KRISTEN FRENCH, Elementary Education. Multicultural teacher education, decolonizing theory, critical performance pedagogy, American Indian education.
CHRIS FRIDAY, History. Pacific Northwest History, Indigenous peoples.
GREGORY GREEN, Environmental Science.
LEE GULYAS, English. Creative writing, Canadian literature, Indigenous/First Nations literature, and exploration/settler colonialism.
JARED HARDESTY, History. Colonial America, Atlantic world, history of slavery.
STEPHEN HAY, History. Early America, Canada, maritime history.
NINI HAYES, Environmental Studies. Critical environmental education, critical teacher education, social justice education.
JAMES HELFIELD, Environmental Studies. River and riparian ecology, fish ecology, salmon habitat restoration.
STEVE HENSEN, Economics. Microeconomics, applied econometrics and statistics, natural resource, energy, and environmental economics.
HART HODGES, Economics. Natural resource and environmental economics, applied business economics.
CAROL JANSON, Art. Art history.
ELIZABETH JOFFRION, Western Libraries. Heritage Resources.
NABIL KAMEL, Environmental Studies. Critical environmental education, social and environmental justice, urban development, community development.
T.H. KAMENA, Political Science. Canadian politics/government.
LAURA LAFFRADO, English. Early American literature, Pacific Northwest women’s literary regionalism, autobiography.
WAYNE LANDIS, Environmental Science. Toxicology, risk assessment, cross-border contamination.
T. ABE LLOYD, Environmental Science. Ethnoecology, Indigenous food traditions, environmental sustainability, postcolonialism.
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, Environmental Science. Population ecology, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology.
JEAN MELIOUS, Environmental Studies. Canadian environmental policy and law.
JAMES MILLER, Canadian-American Studies and Environmental Studies. Indigenous architecture and spatial production, Indigenous placemaking, climate change adaptation and resilience.
LIZ MOGFORD, Sociology. Social/structural determinants of health, travel ethics, critical health literacy pedagogy.
DEREK MOSCATO, Journalism. Strategic communication, environmental media, and public diplomacy.
NANCY PAGH, English. Canadian literature, poetry, creative writing, and cultural studies.
SUZANNE PAOLA, English. Environmental writing, ecocriticism, rhetoric, and prosody.
HUNTER PRICE, History. North American borderlands, 19th century, religion.
JASON QUERY, Economics. International economics, econometrics, and microeconomics.
THOMAS ROEHL, Management. International business and management.
DAVID ROSSITER, Environmental Studies. Settler colonialism, resource geographies, Indigenous territorial claims.
DEBRA SALAZAR, Political Science. American government and social movements, especially environmental and queer movements
JULIA SAPIN, Art and Art History. Indigenous arts of the Pacific Northwest and Canadian arts.
JENNIFER SELTZ, History. US west history, Pacific northwest history.
ANNMARIE SHEAHAN, English. Young adult literature, critical literacy, and critical praxis research.
MICHAEL SHEPHARD, Anthropology. Endangered Indigenous languages, cultural resource management, treaty rights.
LINDSEY SMITH, French. Literature of the francophone Caribbean, multimodal expression and stylistics.
RUTH SOFIELD, Environmental Science. Environmental chemistry and toxicology.
NICHOLAS STANGER, Environmental Studies. Environmental education, Redfish School of Change, climate change adaptation.
YULIYA TVERDOVA, Political Science. Comparative Politics.
THERESA WARBURTON, English. Native and Indigenous literatures, radical social movements, feminist theories, gender studies.
MICHAEL WOLFF, Political Science. International relations, comparative politics.
JANE WONG, English. Creative writing, poetry, interdisciplinary arts, Native and Indigenous literatures, Asian Canadian studies, immigration, and transnationalism.
JEANNE YEASTING, English. Romantic, Victorian, and Post-Colonial literature.
KATHLEEN YOUNG, English. Ethnic relations, cross-cultural law; Dalmatia, Bosnia and affiliated ethnic groups in Northwest Washington State.
NICHOLAS ZAFERATOS, Environmental Studies. Urban planning, sustainable development, Native American planning, and environmental policy.
Ross Distinguished Professorship of Canada/U.S. Business and Economic Relations (position is in the College of Business and Economics).
Current holder of the Ross Distinguished Professorship is Edward Alden (2018-present).
The Center for Canadian-American Studies encourages students to spend one or more quarters in a study abroad program in Canada. We offer a number of exchange opportunities with universities across Canada. For more information, please contact Christina Keppie, program director: Christina.Keppie@wwu.edu.
ProgramsUndergraduate MajorUndergraduate Minor
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog. NOTE: Most Canadian-American Studies courses are listed in the individual disciplines. See individual department listings for course titles and descriptions included under the Canadian-American Studies major and minor.