I joined the Department of History in September 2007 and deliver lectures in Canadian-American relations, international relations of the twentieth century, American history, and postwar British history. I have also held lecturing positions at Canterbury Christ Church University and at the University of Victoria. My ongoing research interest in 'The North Atlantic Triangle' examines Canada's diplomatic relations with Britain and the United States over an expansive period of time from the end of the nineteenth century to the twentieth.
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in European and International Relations from the University of Malta, followed by a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of British Columbia, which included a scholarship to the North American-European diplomatic academy in Schloss-Hofen (Austria). I received my Ph.D. in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent (UK).
The North Atlantic Triangle and Canadian Prime Ministers, 1867-1972
The impressive expanse of the British Empire, its experience and endurance after two crippling world wars. The relinquishing of colonies, and the legacy of racial prejudice felt by newcomers to the ‘Mother Country.’
Emergence of the U.S. as an imperial power and domestic underpinnings of that power: industrialization and Progressive response; the colour line and fight against Jim Crow; the Great Depression and New Deal. Attention to gender and mass culture.
We will look at memoirs and biographies to examine some of the leading individuals during tumultuous episodes of international history and assess their contribution to international relations. A few examples include Harry Truman and the use of the atomic bomb, Fidel Castro and his response to the Bay of Pigs, and John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their co-authoring of the song ‘Imagine.’