2018/2019 Visiting Scholars

Robert Elias (Eakin Visiting Fellow in Canadian Studies - Fall 2018)

Robert Elias is the Fall 2018 Eakin Visiting Fellow in Canadian Studies. He is a Professor of Politics and Chair of Legal Studies at the University of San Francisco. He received his B.A. in History & Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. and PhD. in Political Science from Penn State University, and his Certificate in International Human Rights from the University of Strasbourg. He's taught previously at the University of California-Berkeley, Tufts University, Penn State University, and the University of Maryland (U.S. and Europe). He's received numerous awards and distinctions for his teaching, research, and service. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Peace Review: An International Journal of Social Justice, and the author of nine books, including The Politics of Victimization (Oxford), Victims Still (Sage), Rethinking Peace (Lynne Rienner), Baseball and the American Dream (M.E. Sharpe), The Deadly Tools of Ignorance (Rounder), The Empire Strikes Out (New Press), and the forthcoming Rebels of the Diamond (University of Nebraska Press). His research interests include political history, sports and society, film and politics, law and justice, crime and victimization, human rights, and political movements.

MISC is pleased to welcome him as our Eakin Visiting Fellow. He will teach a 400-leavel course on Baseball and Canadian Society (CANS 405), which promises to be an engaging course! As he is also the Eakin Visiting Fellow, he is welcoming applications for the Eakin Student Research Internship

Graham Fraser (Associate Professor - 2018/2019)

Photograph of Graham Fraser, smiling

Graham Fraser served as the sixth Commissioner of Official Languages from 2006 to 2016, becoming the longest-serving Commissioner in this post. During his mandate, he actively promoted English and French as Canada’s two official languages and ensured that federal institutions conformed to the standards of the Official Languages Act. Fraser advocated for the rights of linguistic minority communities, intervening before the courts, writing newspaper commentaries, and speaking in public forums across Canada and internationally.

In the Fall 2018 semester, he is teaching CANS 301: Quebec Elections, Present and Past and in the Winter 2019 semester, he is teaching CANS 303: Language rights and language policies in Canada. He is also hosting a lecture on September 27 titled "The long echo of Quebec student politics: the Union Générale des Étudiants du Québec (1964-1969) and its legacy and impact on public life". 

Derek Maus (Eakin Visiting Fellow in Canadian Studies - Winter 2019)

Derek C. Maus is Professor of English and Communication at the State University of New York at Potsdam, where he teaches numerous courses that examine contemporary literature from all over the world from a variety of interdisciplinary critical perspectives. He is the author of Jesting in Earnest: Percival Everett and Menippean Satire (South Carolina, 2019), Understanding Colson Whitehead (South Carolina, 2014), and Unvarnishing Reality: Subversive Russian and American Cold War Satire (South Carolina, 2011) He has also edited several scholarly collections, including Conversations with Colson Whitehead (Mississippi, 2019), Post-Soul Satire: Black Identity after Civil Rights (Mississippi, 2014; co-edited with James J. Donahue) and Finding a Way Home: A Critical Assessment of Walter Mosley’s Fiction (Mississippi, 2008; co-edited with Owen E. Brady).

He is currently researching a new book-length project that is directly related to the topic of his Winter 2019 CANS 405 course (Blackness and the Border: Comparing Contemporary African American and African Canadian Fiction in Terms of Racial Identity). This project seeks to examine whether or not a series of relatively recent conceptualizations of black identity – e.g., Trey Ellis’s “New Black Aesthetic,” the “post-black art” posited by Glenn Ligon and Thelma Golden, and the “post-soul aesthetic” espoused by Nelson George, Mark Anthony Neal, Bertram Ashe and others – are applicable to contemporary black Canadian literary art as well. The project does not presume that there is such an inherent overlap, but rather seeks to determine to what extent (and with what potential consequences) the essays and/or the literary art of such writers as Dionne Brand, Austin Clarke, M. NourbeSe Philip, Dany Laferrière, George Eliott Clarke, André Alexis, Suzette Mayr, Lawrence Hill, Esi Edugyan, David Chariandy, and others illustrate similar generational shifts in regard to both individual and collective identification with blackness.