CAS WEBSITE UPDATE June 10, 2010
The Centre for American Studies website will soon be getting a new look. We are changing our
website to a new format that more closely resembles
other Social Science departments. The new website is
expected to go live at the end of June.
MA Program Granted FINAL Approval by OCGS
June 18, 2010
The MA Program in American Studies was granted FINAL
approval by the OCGS Committee on June 18, 2010.
Students can now be formally admitted to the program.
NEW! AMERICAN STUDIES STUDENT CLUB
A group of American Studies
students are forming a student club for all students
interested in the history, culture, and politics of
the United States.
Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Please
if you would like more
information about the club.
The Canada-U.S. Institute
PROFESSOR DON ABELSON APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF
THE CANADA-U.S.INSTITUTE: March 25, 2010
Dr. Julie McMullin, Acting Dean, Faculty of Social
Science announced that Professor Donald Abelson will
be the inaugural Director of the Canada-U.S. Institute
for an initial three-year term. Donald Abelson is a
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science,
and Director, Centre for American Studies at UWO, who
specializes in the study of American politics and
foreign policy. He is the author of several books and
is a regular commentator on CBC Radio and other media
outlets where he discusses current developments in
American politics and Canada-U.S. relations.
INSTITUTE OFFICIAL LAUNCH:
WASHINGTON D.C. APRIL 13, 2010
The official launch of Western's newly
established Canada-U.S. Institute took place on
April 13, 2010 at the
Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for
Scholars. The results of the Institute's first
study, "Moving Closer or Drifting Apart?
Assessing the State of the U.S.-Canada Relationship",
were presented by the authors; Political Science Professors Laura Stephenson and Cameron
Anderson. The complete
study can be found at
The entire presentation can be viewed
here. An evening reception at the Canadian Embassy in
WESTERN TO CREATE CANADA-U.S. INSTITUTE: Jan 7,
A proposal to establish a Canada-U.S. Institute at UWO
has been approved by the Office of the Vice-President
(Research and International Relations) for an initial 3
year period, beginning January 1, 2010. The primary
objective of the Institute will be to produce and
disseminate timely and policy-relevant research on a
host of important bi-lateral issues, and to educate
policy-makers, journalists, business leaders, and the
public about the differences and similarities between
our two countries. Articles about the
newly established Canada-U.S. Institute have been
featured in the
Western News, the
Western Gazette, and the
London Free Press.
MA PROGRAM Nov 6, 2009
for American Studies is pleased to announce that the
University of Western Ontario Senate Committee has
accepted the proposal for an MA program in American
Studies. The program is now awaiting approval by OCGS.
The MA in American Studies at Western will be the first
of its kind in Canada. The CAS is now accepting
applications for admission in September, 2010.
Please visit the
Program webpage for more information.
issue of the CAS publication series Critical Issues of Our Time
was released in July 2009. This new quarterly
publication series will feature articles that comment on
a wide range of political, cultural, social, and
economic issues facing the United States.
Volume I: "Barack Obama's Moderate Moment" by Gil
for Madam President" by Lori Cox-Han
World Turned Upside Down" by Randall Balmer
On-line Student Journal
Neoamericanist 2.0 Release!
Volume. 4, No.
2 of NeoAmericanist is now available in its new web 2.0
format. This new format will feature more regular
content updates and a more interactive capacity. Content
from previous issues will be made available over the
*Student Managing Editor Needed:
NeoAmericanist is accepting applications from MA or
PhD students for the position of Student Managing
Editor. Students will work with NeoAmericanist's
serving Editor-in-Chief and learn how to advertise call
for papers, manage a peer-review structure, solicit
reviewers and document assessments, and administer the
small weekly tasks associated with the journal.
This is a great
chance to gain experience with a growing academic
publication. (*Note: Student Managing Editorships are
the fields of American Studies and its cognates is a
benefit, but in-depth knowledge is not mandatory. Strong
interpersonal skills and good email etiquette are a
must. Applicants must be motivated and self-starting on
Managing Editorship is also a transitional position with
the possibility of moving onto the executive editorial
board which steers the scope and content of the
should contact Brian Foster, Editor-in-Chief of
The Centre for American Studies is delighted to be
supporting and housing a new student-run on-line
journal in American Studies.
NeoAmericanist, affiliated with and
funded by the Centre for American Studies at the University
of Western Ontario, is an exclusively Undergraduate
and Graduate, peer-reviewed and blinded journal. Our
goal as editors is to push the boundaries of scholarship
and theory by blurring the lines of academic disciplines
and popular culture through a top quality journal
available to students and future professional scholars
who aspire to publish and contribute to the intellectual
community. We therefore invite students of history,
theory and criticism, philosophy, political studies,
economics, sociology, geography, first nations studies,
anthropology, women's/gender studies, architecture
and design, film studies, and others, to submit works
pertaining to the study of America.
To submit or for more information, contact the journal
editors at: email@example.com
CAS Newsletter Sept 2006,
for American Studies Advisory Council held its
second meeting on March 6, 2009 in Toronto. The
Advisory Council was formed to provide strategic
advice for the future direction of the Centre as
well as to further strengthen our degree program.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Don Abelson presented a paper
entitled, "Do Policy Experts Matter? Lessons from Canada
and the United States," at a conference entitled,
Political Expertise in Contemporary Democracies: A
Comparative Approach: Canada, Germany, Poland, at
the University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, May 21, 2010.
Don Abelson's book Do Think
Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy
Institutes (second edition) (McGill-Queen's
University Press, 2009) is being translated into
Simplified Chinese by the Shanghai Academy of Social
Sciences. November 16, 2009.
Monda Halpern gave a talk at the
Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, "Trial by
Jewry: the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case." October 20,
Monda Halpern delivered a paper for
the Association for Canadian Jewish Studies Annual
Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social
Sciences. Carleton University, Ottawa. "Scandal and
Silence: The Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case." May 24-26,
Don Abelson was a panelist on the
CBC National Radio U.S. Election Special hosted by
Michael Enright, November 4, 2008.
Don Abelson took part in
a panel on Canada-U.S. Relations on September 24, 2008
at The Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center,
Washington D.C. The purpose of the panel was to discuss
several important bilateral policy issues raised in the
4th edition of John Herd Thompson and Stephen Randall's
book, Canada and the United States: Ambivalent
Jack Blocker delivered a paper, "The
Great Weapon: African-American Migration as a Response
to Race Riots in the Urban Midwest, 1900-1930."
Conference on Rupture, Repression, and Uprising,
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, April, 2008.
Jack Blocker appeared on a panel
"White Violence and the Great Migration: Two Approaches,
Sundown Towns and
A Little More Freedom."
Annual Meeting of the Organization of American
Historians, New York City, March 2008.
Don Abelson gave the following interviews on the 2008
U.S. Presidential Elections:
January 20, 2009: Interview with Cory Kolt,
Newstalk 980 CJME (Saskatoon), on the Obama
January 20, 2009: Phone-in Guest on CBC Radio
"Ontario Today" with Rita Celli, to discuss the
January 20, 2009: Interview with Bryan Allen,
CKNX Radio AM 920 Wingham, on the Obama
January 20, 2009: Interview with John Divinski,
The Beach 97.9FM Radio (Saugeen Shores), on the
January 19, 2009: Interview with Jim Birchard,
CFOS Radio (Owen Sound) on the Obama inauguration.
January 16, 2009: Interview with Scott Kitching,
CJBK Newstalk Radio (London) on President Bush's
January 15, 2009: Interview with Rob Mundy, CIXX
FM News 106.9 (London) on the Obama
January 14, 2009: Interview with Misty Harris,
Canwest News Service, on the Obama inauguration.
January 13, 2009: Interview with Bruce Kenyon,
CHQR Radio (Calgary) on George W. Bush's legacy.
January 9, 2009: Interview with Richard Brennan,
The Toronto Star on the foreign policy goals of
November 11, 2008: Interview with Jeff Gailus,
Alberta Views Magazine, on the role of think tanks
in Canada and the United States.
November 11, 2008: Interview with Megan O'Toole,
The National Post, on the Bush Presidency.
November 5, 2008: Interview on AM770 CHQR
Radio (Calgary), "The World Tonight," on the
outcome of the US Presidential Election.
November 5, 2008: Interview with Barry Wright,
"Wright to the Point," TVCogeco, (Sarnia) on
the outcome of the 2008 US Presidential Election.
September 26,2008: Steve Garrison, CJBK
Newstalk Radio (London), on the Wall Street Bail
September 25, 2008: Siri Agrell, The Globe and
Mail, on the US Presidential Election.
September 22, 2008: Jon Wells, The Hamilton
Spectator, on the Canadian and US Federal
August 26, 2008: John Wilson, AM 980 (London),
on the Democratic National Convention.
August 25, 2008: Siri Agrell, The Globe and Mail,
on the role of Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama at the
Democratic National Convention.
August 25. 2008: Bryan Allen, AM 920 CKNX Radio
(Wingham), on the Democratic National
August 20, 2008: John Wilson, AM 980
(London), on the Democratic National Convention.
June 24, 2008: Guest, The Michael
Coren Show, CTS (Burlington), to discuss
the US Presidential Election and its impact on Canada.
June 9, 2008: AM 770 CHQR
Calgary-The Morning News with Bruce Kenyon,
on Hillary Clinton's decision to concede the Democratic
June 4, 2008: A-Channel's 6 o'clock
News (London), on Barack Obama's victory.
June 4, 2008: John Wilson, AM 980
(London), on Barack Obama's historic victory.
June 4, 2008: Steve Garrison, CJBK
Newstalk Radio (London), on Barack Obama's
selection as the presumptive Democratic Presidential
June 3, 2008: A-Channel 11 o'clock
News (London), on the end of the presidential
May 23, 2008: Siri Agrell, The Globe
and Mail, on Hillary Clinton's faltering campaign.
May 21, 2008: John Wilson, AM 980
(London), on the Kentucky and Oregon Primaries.
May 20, 2008: Deanne Konral, CIXX
106.9 FM News (London), on the US
May 13, 2008: Guest on The Michael
Coren Show (CTS, Burlington), to discuss
the US Presidential primaries.
May 7, 2008: Steve Garrison, CJBK
Newstalk Radio (London), on the Indiana
and North Carolina Primaries.
May 6, 2008: Melissa Leong, The
National Post, on the future of Canadian-American
May 6, 2008: Scott Kitching, CJBK Radio
(London), on the Indiana and North Carolina Primaries.
Lucky 73: USS Pampanito's Unlikely Rescue of Allied
POW's in WWII will be released in March 2010.
Published by University Press of Florida. View
(Political Science) Do
Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of
Public Policy Institutes, second edition
(McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009)
Click here to
receive a special promotional offer on the book.
Young (Political Science) continues to lead the
MCRI project on Multilevel Governance and Public Policy
in Canadian Municipalities. This has resulted in a
comparative volume called Spheres of
Governance: Comparative Studies of Cities in
Multilevel Governance Systems (McGill-Queen's
University Press, 2007). The books contains an essay on
"Multilevel Governance in the United States" by Ron
Vogel of the University of Louisville.
Sancton (Political Science
The Limits of Boundaries: Why City-regions Cannot be
Self-Governing (Montreal and Kingston:
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008)
(History, Huron University College)
A Little More Freedom: African Americans Enter
the Urban Midwest, 1860-1930 (Columbus: Ohio
State University Press, 2008).
The Yellow Journalism: The Press and America's
Emergence as a World Power (Northwestern
University Press, 2007).
(Chair, Political Science)
A Capitol Idea:
Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy (McGill-Queen's
University Press, 2006) This work reveals the extent
to which think tanks in the United States have become
active and vocal participants in the foreign
Johnston (Adjunct Research Professor, History,
Carleton University) Hegemony and culture
in the origins of NATO nuclear first-use (New
York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2005).
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND RESEARCH
J. Ryan (Childhood and Social Institutions,
King's University College)
"How New is the 'New" Social Studies of Childhood? The
Myth of a Paradigm Shift." the Journal of
Interdisciplinary History, vol 38, no 4 (Spring,
"JAP - Jewish and Passed-over: The Invisibility of
Single Jewish Women in Issues of Intermarriage and
Conversion" (co-authored with Sonia Halpern). Women
in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Spring
Johnston (History, Carleton University)
Book review of Robert J. Jackson and Philip Towle,
power: the United States in global politics after 9/11
(New York: Palgrave, 2007), in
History Review, 30, 4 (December 2008).
Abelson has an article forthcoming in The
Canadian Review of American Studies: "Politics on
Ice: The United States, the Soviet Union and a Hockey
Game in Lake Placid."
book Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of
Public Policy Institutes (McGill-Queen's
University Press, 2002) has been published in Arabic
by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and
Research, October 2007. Information about the book can
be obtained from their website at
and Duncan Wood (ITAM, Mexico City) released a report entitled, People, Security and Borders:
The Impact of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
on North America. The report was released on
May 28, 2007 at the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa,
on May 30th at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington
DC. This publication examines the potential security,
technological, economic, and political implications of
the WHTI. Information about the report can be found at
"This Ambitious Polish Jew": Rethinking the
Conversion and Career of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth."
Ontario History (Autumn 2007): 221-46.
"Bernard Bailyn's American Atlantic," History and
Theory, 46 (2007), 48-58.
Blocker (History, Huron University College)
"Temperance Movement," Encyclopedia of American
Urban History, ed. David R. Goldfield, 2 vols.
(Thousand Palms CA: Sage Publications, 2007): 2:
B. Green (Geography) and R. McNaughton "The
Rise and Fall of Specialized Small Business Investment
Company Investment: Taking the Taxi to Oblivion,"
Handbook of Research on Ethnic
Minority Entrepreneurship, ed. Leo-Paul Dana,
Elsevier, New York, 2007: pp. 289-308.
B. Green (Geography), C.M. Pearce and M.R.
"Developing Habitat Models for Waterbirds in Urban
Wetlands: a Log-linear Approach" Urban Ecosystems,
vol 10 (2007), pp 239-254.
An excerpt from
latest book, A Capitol Idea, entitled "A War of
Ideas: think tanks and terrorism" was recently
published in Policy Options (March 2007).
"The Wire Devils: Pulp Thrillers, the Telephone and
Action at a Distance in the Wiring of a Nation,"
American Quarterly, Volume 58, Number 3 (September
"Shawnee Origins of their Seven Years War,"
Ethnohistory, 53 (2006), 657-687.
(History, Huron University College) "Race, Sex and
Riot: The Springfield, Ohio Race Riots of 1904 and
1906 and the Sources of Anti-Black Violence in the
Lower Midwest," Ohio Valley History 6 (Spring
Blocker (History, Huron University College),"Did
Prohibition Really Work? Alcohol Prohibition as a
Public Health Innovation," American Journal
of Public Health 96 (February 2006): 233-243.
It is also posted on the AJPH website (www.ajph.org).