A Message from the Dean of Arts

Dr. Lynne Phillips, Dean of Arts

Summer 2015

There might have been a certain absence of summer here on the Avalon Peninsula (bountiful is not the word I would use to describe my community garden plot in Portugal Cove/St. Phillips) but fall 2015 is looking bright. We look forward to welcoming nine new tenure-track faculty members who will no doubt add immeasurably to the academic life here in the Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Catherine Losier joins the Department of Archaeology in September. Her research interests focus on colonialism and its enduring legacies, cultural interactions, colonial economies and identities. She has conducted research projects in the French colonies of America – Nouvelle-France, French Guiana and the French Antilles and plans to develop projects to better understand French settlements in Newfoundland and their position within the global French colonial world.

The Department of History is welcoming several new hires including militarian historian Dr. Justin Fantauzzo whose research focuses on the British Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East during the First World War. Dr. Jonathan Clapperton seeks to understand and explain Aboriginal and settler-colonial interactions in Canada, looking at actual or perceived environmental change as well as the politics of historical representation, whether in museums/interpretive centres, the courtroom, the media, the classroom, or Aboriginal communities themselves. Dr. Michael D. Kirkpatrick’s research focuses on Guatemala City during the late 19th-century and how the city’s bourgeoisie attempted to create a modern capital. To this end, he is currently researching Guatemala City’s Indigenous Agricultural Institute, a residential school for Maya youths that opened in 1894 and sought to civilize them through agricultural instruction, urbanity, and liberal education.

Dr. Nahid Masoudi (Department of Economics) comes to Memorial from Concordia University’s Department of Economics. She works in the field of environmental and resource economics, energy policy and game theory. Dr. Masoudi looks forward to applying her economic perspectives to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Political scientist Dr. Isabelle Côté (Department of Political Science) explores how internal population movements are related to political mobilization, ethnic conflict, and contentious politics in East and Southeast Asia. Although most of her research to date has been conducted in Asia, she is also interested in comparing the Asian experience in respect to migration and conflict in other regions, including Africa, India and Canada. Joining Dr. Côté in the Department of Political Science is Sarah Martin. Dr. Martin’s research focus is the global political economy of food and agriculture with a particular interest in the interactions between finance and agriculture. Her most recent research examines the rise of agricultural commodity exchanges as a global mode of agricultural marketing.

The Department of English joins me in welcoming Dr. John Geck whose research is on later medieval and early modern England (primarily in romance, hagiography, and drama) and presentations of literary studies in digital and popular culture. At Memorial Dr. Geck is beginning a major digital humanities research project, currently titled Mapping Medieval Romance. This online atlas will gradually collect datasets of geographic information from medieval romances and allow users to display them according to time, place name, or location where the romance itself was written.

Dr. Yolande Pottie-Sherman (Department of Geography) is an urban geographer interested in the relationship between global migration and the city. Her current project explores recent initiatives to attract and retain immigrants across ten post-industrial U.S. cities that have struggled with population decline and economic downturn, including Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh. She looks forward to building a comparative research program on the urban governance of immigration in U.S. and Canadian cities.

Dr. Shannon Hoff joins the Department of Philosophy. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of feminist philosophy, Hegel and European philosophy, ancient philosophy, and social and political philosophy. Dr. Hoff will be making unique and important contributions to philosophy’s excellent PhD program.

We are so fortunate to have this wonderful group of scholars joining us this year! Now if we could just do something about the weather …

Dr. Lynne Phillips, Dean of Arts