I am a member of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University, currently on leave. I am currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia.
I grew up in Iberville, Quebec on the south shore of Montreal. I studied political science and public policy at Concordia University in Montreal and political science at Carleton University in Ottawa. I began teaching in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton in 1999. I have served as the School's Undergraduate Supervisor (2003 – 2007; 2009-2010; 2011 - 2013) and served as Assistant Dean (Recruitment and First-Year Programs) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2009-2014). I have also taught at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus), Bishop's University in Lennoxville, and Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic).
I research and teach in the areas of Canadian Studies, Canadian politics and public policy, national identity, branding Canada, Canada-US relations, and Canada and global issues. Previous work looked at regional innovation systems, science and technology policy, and scholarly communication.
My research focuses on the phenomenon of branding Canada and the politics of the brand state, including the intersections of Canadian politics and society, national identity and public policy. Current research and writing projects include:
I am very active in the Canadian Studies community, delivering talks on Canadian Studies across Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Chile, and Argentina. I was the editor of the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies (2008-2015) and a co-editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies (2015-2018).
I regularly serve as an expert commentator on Canadian politics and the politics of branding Canada. I have also served as election night analyst for federal (2004, 2006, 2008, 2011) and provincial (Ontario 2007) elections.
“Branded Canada.” Feature interview on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paiken, May 17, 2012. Link
“Branding Canada.” Half-hour radio interview for Dialogue (Program #644, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; broadcast week December 9-15, 2002 on National Public Radio). Link