Dr. Tiberghien (Ph.D. Stanford) is a specialist in comparative politics (Japan, Korea, and EU, France) and international political economy. His core interest lies in the interactions between globalization and domestic politics and in the debate on the convergence of types of capitalism under financial globalization. Prof. Tiberghien has several ongoing research projects at the moment: a project on the growing convergence of policy responses to Globalization between Japan and the EU, a project on the sources of change in Japan’s political economy, a project on the EU’s role as a mediator of globalization, and a project on politics of global GMO governance. He has contributed several book chapters to forthcoming books on the Japanese crisis or the evolution of the East Asian Capitalist Model since 1997, as well as several articles on the current puzzles of Japan’s political economy and on corporate governance reforms in the EU. His book, “Invisible Reforms: Financial Globalization, State Mediation, and Corporate Restructuring” should come out in 2007, as well as several articles on the current puzzles of Japan’s political economy and on corporate governance reforms in the EU. He is currently writing several articles and a book manuscript on the global battle over GMOs.
Prof. Sens (Ph.D, Queen's) specializes in international relations, with a research and teaching focus on international security. He has a particular interest in armed conflict and conflict management, and maintains research agendas on peace support operations, peace building, European security, and Canadian foreign and defense policy. His current research projects include a study of the impact of military "transformation" on peace support and stabilization operations, and a project on peace operations in the Middle East. Dr. Sens is also working on the fourth edition of Global Politics, a co-authored international relations textbook. Prof. Sens is currently chair of the International Relations Program, an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in the Faculty of Arts. Allen Sens is co-coordinator of the Terry Project and the related Global Citizenship Seminar Series. He is a graduate of the UBC Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. In 2003, Dr. Sens was a recipient of the UBC Killam Teaching Prize.
Philip Resnick (Ph.D, Toronto) combines an interest in political theory with Canadian (and Quebec) politics and European politics. His books include: Letters to a Québécois Friend; The Masks of Proteus: Canadian Reflections on the State; Toward a Canada-Quebec Union; Thinking English Canada; Twenty-First Century Democracy; The Politics of Resentment: B.C. Regionalism and Canadian Unity; and The European Roots of Canadian Identity. His current research focuses on national identities within multinational federations and on the nature of North American identity.
Prof. Petro (Ph.D., Alberta) is currently coordinator of the Russian program (in the Department of Germanic Studies), and Chair of the Program in Modern European Studies. He has taught Russian language at all levels, undergraduate courses in Russian literature and in Slavic literatures in translation as well as graduate seminars in Russian and comparative literature. Dr. Petro's research has recently focused primarily on Slovak literature, but he has also published extensively on Russian, Czech, Polish and comparative literature. In addition to over sixty articles and translations, his publications include four books: Modern Satire: Four Studies (1982), which deals with the works of modern Czech, English, Russian and American authors; History of Slovak Literature (1995); a translation of the prize-winning novel by Milan Simecka, The Year of the Frog (1993); and an edition of critical articles on Milan Kundera, Critical Essays on Milan Kundera (New York: G.K Hall Ltd., 1999). His translation of Alexej Fulmek's Dispatches from the Home Front appeared in 2000. Dr. Petro is member of the editorial boards of Slovakia and Most, and of the advisory board of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal.
Prof. Pailer (Ph.D. Karlsruhe) joined the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies in 2001 leaving a position at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Research and teaching focus on concepts of gender, identity, and intertextuality in literature. Her doctoral thesis, (published in 1994), deals with concept of women's authorship in the prose works of Hedwig Dohm and on literary Nietzsche-reception around 1900. Current publications and projects include a monograph about interrelations of family and state models in 18th century tragedy, an encyclopedia of prose works and dramas by German women authors (with Gudrun Loster-Schneider, University of Mannheim), a German comedy edition (with Linda Dietrick, Univ. of Winnipeg), and a three-year workshop programme on intersections of gender, laughter and media.
Prof. McIlroy’s (Ph.D. UBC) main research and publication interests are in the fields of British, Canadian and Irish Cinema. Previously, he worked and published on contemporary Irish fiction, mainly Brian Moore and John Banville. He has taught every film studies course UBC offers, has published several books, edited a special issue of a journal, and written various articles on cinematic topics. Currently, Dr. McIlroy is working on editing a collection of essays on Genre and Irish Cinema to be published by Routledge in 2007.
Prof. Hallensleben (Ph.D. Free University Berlin) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies and was appointed Visiting Scholar at Nagoya City University and DAAD Lecturer at The University of Tokyo before joining UBC in 2004. His teaching and research interests cover 19th and 20th century German culture and literature, European avant-garde movements and aesthetics, and literary theory with a focus on theories of metaphor and performance.
Prof. Feldman (PhD Syracuse 2001) is a political anthropologist interested in the state, minority rights, national identity, and international relations. His research follows three lines of inquiry: 1) how EU accession privileges the national majority in east Europe by appropriating neoliberal modes of social and economic organization; 2) how elites of statecraft (diplomats, government officials, NGO leaders) can be studied ethnographically, and how their work has the effect of inducing political order through the construction of minorities in law, public policy, and international treaties; and 3) how diplomacy as a performative act frames debates and policies on about inter-state and minority-state relations. He is currently preparing a new research agenda on the policymaking practices of elites in international organizations who work to unify immigration policies of European nation-states. This research will examine networks among policy elites that link such organization as OSCE, EC, IOM, and the Council of Europe. Dr. Feldman is the convener of UBC’s Inter-Faculty Initiative on Migration Studies (IFIMS). He has also consulted for the United Nations Development Programme to evaluate ethnic integration programs in Estonia funded by the European Union-PHARE Programme and the Nordic countries.
Personal webpage: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/~gfeldman/
Prof. Ellermann (Ph.D. Brandeis, 2005) specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Europe and North America. Her dissertation research, which was funded by a U.S. Social Science Research Council International Migration Fellowship, examined the comparative politics of deportation. The study used deportation to study the larger question of the coercive capacity of the liberal democratic state. Specifically, the dissertation argued that cross-national variation in deportation outcomes reflects significant-and institutionally determined-differences in the capacity of the German and the American state to implement coercive, and politically contested, policies. She is currently turning the dissertation into a book. Besides the comparative study of the state and its capacity for social regulation, her research interests include the politics of international migration and citizenship, European integration, and public policy and its implementation.
Personal webpage: http://www.politics.ubc.ca/index.php?id=4578
Merje Kuus (PhD, Syracuse University, USA) is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. A key strand in her work focuses on the geopolitics of identity, security, and borders in contemporary Europe. It traces the ways in which foreign policies of European states, especially the EU’s new member states, are bound up with geographical understandings of European security and Europe’s cultural identity. Dr. Kuus is the author of Geopolitics Reframed: Security and Identity in Europe’s Eastern Enlargement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) as well as numerous articles in geographic, international relations, and European studies journals. Her current project, titled How to Bound Open Spaces: Borders and Security in the European Neighbourhood Policy, investigates the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), a European Union policy designed to project EU influence beyond its external borders. She has also written on, and continues to be interested in, region-building and regional expertise, foreign policy professionals, and critical approaches to geopolitics. Dr. Kuus serves as Review Editor for the journal Geopolitics. She has been the recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship as well as individual research grants from the United States Institute of Peace and The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her teaching concentrates on political geography and contemporary Europe.
Personal webpage: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/~kuus/