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Memorial VP named president-elect of CPSA

By Janet Harron

Dr. Reeta Tremblay, vice-president (academic) pro tempore, has been named president-elect of the Canadian Political Science Association for June 2010 to May 2011. She will take over the presidency in the academic year 2011-12.

“Being asked to run for the position of president of the Canadian Political Science Association is a distinction that few political scientists achieve. I am thrilled and humbled by this honour and look forward to the national and international exposure that Memorial University will no doubt receive as a result of it,” said Dr. Tremblay.

The Canadian Political Science Association was founded in 1913 and has a current membership of 1,500 representing 50 political science departments across the country. It also counts among its membership politicians and public servants representing the federal and all provincial governments, as well as persons from the private sector.

“Dr. Tremblay’s election to the board of the CPSA is very exciting for all of us in Memorial’s political science department, as it signals not only the importance of Reeta’s contributions, but also raises the profile of our department across the community of Canadian political scientists," said assistant professor Dr. Amanda Bittner.

"Memorial appears to have emerged as one of the most 'talked about' political science departments across the country in the last few years, and Reeta's leadership within the university is closely linked to all of that ‘buzz.’ We're thrilled that her accomplishments are being recognized in this way, and we look forward to hearing her presidential address in June 2011.”

The CPSA sponsors both the Parliamentary Internship Programme and the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme, and takes part in a series of bilingual colloquiums with the Société québécoise de science politique.

The association is a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada, the International Political Science Association and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It also has strong links with other political science organizations around the globe.

Prior to moving to St. John’s in August 2006, Dr. Tremblay was a political science professor at Concordia University and chaired the department from 1998-2005. She has an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Her areas of research include comparative politics, the political economy of South Asia, nation-state and secessionist movements in India and Indian popular cinema.

Dr. Tremblay is frequently called upon by governmental agencies and the media for her expertise in the South Asian region and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals in political science and Asian studies.

Her most recent publications are Human Rights: A General Overview (2008) and Kashmir’s Secessionist Movement Resurfaces: Ethnic Identity, Community Competition, and the State in Asian Survey (2009).
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