Organizers

Dr. Michael Hawes

Dr. Michael Hawes is a political science professor, a life-long advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. Since 1985, he has been a professor of international relations (currently on leave) in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston and is cross-appointed to the Queen's School of Business. He currently chairs the Board of the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University. Michael was Visiting Professor at the Center for Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2010; J. William Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the John A. Sproul Senior Research Fellow in Canadian Studies in 1999-2000; Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City; Visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of British Columbia; Visiting Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm; Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at Tsukuba University in Japan; and, on several occasions, Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at the International University of Japan in Niigata Japan. He was Acting Director of the Centre for International Relations at Queen's University, Senior Fellow at PARMEC (the Program for the Study of Mexico, the United States, and Canada) at ITAM in Mexico City, Research Associate at Nichi-Bei Ken (the Center for Japan-U.S Relations) at Kokusai Daigakku in Japan, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Socio-Economic Planning at Tsukuba University in Japan.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from York University, an M.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a B.A.H. in economics and history from the University of Toronto. He has published widely on foreign policy, political culture, international economic relations, regional integration, and related subjects. He has also sat on a number of national advisory committees and on ministerial advisory boards.

Dr. Christopher Kirkey

Dr. Christopher Kirkey, B.A. Honours and M.A. (Queen's University) & Ph.D. (Brandeis University), is Director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Quebec Studies at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, where he holds a concurrent position as full professor of political science.  Previous academic and professional appointments include Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University (2001-2013), Associate Professor of Political Science/Canadian Studies at Bridgewater State University (1993-2002), and Mine Action Scholar-in-Residence at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (1999-2002).

His recent works include the chapter (with Michael Hawes) “Canada in an Age of Unipolarity: Structural Change and Canadian Foreign Policy,” in Duane Bratt and Christopher J. Kukucha, editors, Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015)

A scholar of comparative foreign policy and international relations theory, his recent works include the co-edited Fall 2014 special issue on Quebec (with Cheryl Gosselin) of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (Vol.43); the co-edited special issue (with Michael Hawes) “CONNECT/Fulbright Canada – New Scholars Issue,” of American Review of Canadian Studies (vol.44 No.3 September 2014),  the co-edited John W. Holmes issue (with Kenneth Holland) “Canada in Afghanistan,” of International Journal; the co-edited Winter 2013 special issue (with Stéphan Gervais and Jarrett Rudy) of Québec Studies; the co-edited special issue (with Michael Hawes) “Canada in a Unipolar World?: New directions in Canadian foreign policy,” of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Vol.18 No.1 2012), and, the co-edited special issue (with André Senecal) “CONNECT – New Voices on Canada,” of the American Review of Canadian Studies (Vol.42 No.2 June 2012).

He is currently working on several projects, including: a French language edition of Quebec Questions (Les presses de l'Université de Montréal); a book volume (co-edited with Michael Hawes) on Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (Oxford University Press); co-editor (with Michael Hawes and Kenneth Holland) of upcoming special issues of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and the American Review of Canadian Studies; and, a co-edited special issue (with Tony McCulloch) of the British Journal of Canadian Studies.

Dr. Kirkey serves on the editorial board of the American Review of Canadian Studies, Québec Studies, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and is a member of the Fulbright National Student Screening Committee and the Fulbright Scholar Program on Canada for Research Chairs.

Dr. Denise Eby Konan

Dr. Denise Eby Konan is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). As Dean, she provides leadership to twelve academic departments that deliver nearly a fifth of degrees offered on campus.

Dr. Konan has long been active in local economic research. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Hawai'i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), where she previously served as the Director of the Energy & Greenhouse Gas Solutions (EGGS) research program, which specialized in issues of energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Hawai'i. She also is the founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program. The center promotes respect for the culture, environment, and economy of Hawai'i and other coastal visitor destinations through research, education, and outreach.

A noted international trade economist, Konan has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arab League, and governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Hawai'i and publishes on issues of regional economic integration, trade in services, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and energy.

Konan also serves as the academic lead for the university's Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. Currently in the development stage, when complete the center will house academic programs that will advance public awareness of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs – particularly for K-12, lectures and other civic engagement efforts.

An award winning teacher, Dean Konan is also a Leadership Fellow with Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) of National Science Foundation, and a board member of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Network.

Dr. Konan served for two years as the Interim Chancellor and for three years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of UHM. She received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College and her doctorate from the University of Colorado.