Researchers in Canadian American Studies

Please note that all faculty members listed are available for supervision.

Nicholas Baxter-Moore
Research Interests: (Communication, Popular Culture and Film) local popular culture in the Niagara Region/cross-border region, including local popular music, local media, popular entertainment past and present (from amusement parks to fall fairs and NASCAR racing to tourism), the wine industry; the war of 1812, representations of the war in popular culture, the war in popular memory, official memorialization, and re-enactments; Canadian popular music; Canadian media industries.
Email: nbaxtermoore@brocku.ca

  • Nick Baxter-Moore, Munroe Eagles, Dupinder Aheer, Racquel Maxwell, Lisa-Ann Pilkey & Kimmy Samra, “Explaining Canada-US Differences in Attitudes Towards Crime and Justice: An Empirical Test of S.M. Lipset’s Account,” American Review of Canadian Studies, vol. 46, no. 4, winter 2016, 430-451
  • Nick Baxter-Moore & Munroe Eagles, “’Living Apart Together’: Challenges of Urban Governance Across the Canada-US Border in the Twin Cities of Niagara Falls,” paper presented to the Fifteenth Border Regions in Transition (BRIT) Conference on “Cities, States and Borders: From the Local to the Global,” Hamburg, Germany and Sonderborg, Denmark, May 17-20, 2016
  • Nick Baxter-Moore & Carolyn Charest, “Constructing Authenticity: Architecture and Landscape in Niagara Wineries,” in Michael Ripmeester, Philip Mackintosh & Chris Fullerton, eds., The World of Niagara Wines, Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013, 261-282
  • Nick Baxter-Moore, “The Music Store as a Community Resource,” in Joan Nicks and Barry Grant, eds., Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture, Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010, 237-261
  • Nick Baxter-Moore, “Recording the War of 1812: Stan Rogers’ (Un)sung Heroes,” College Quarterly, vol. 8, no. 1, 2005. collegequarterly.ca/2005-vol08-num01-winter/index.html
  • Nick Baxter-Moore, “Reelin’ & Rockin’: Genre-bending and boundary-crossing in Canada’s East Coast Sound,” in J. Nicks & J. Sloniowski, eds., Slippery Pastimes: Reading the Popular in Canadian Culture, Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2002, 217-242

Gregory Betts
Research Interests: (English Language & Literature) Canadian Experimental and Avant-Garde Literature.
Email: gbetts@brocku.ca

  • 2011-2017 Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies (CANA); 2011-2015 Founding Graduate Program Director of the Canadian and American Studies MA Program (CDAM)
  • Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013. 328 p
  • Co-Editor and Introduction with Paul Hjartarson and Kristine Smitka. Counterblasting Canada: Marshall McLuhan, Wyndham Lewis, Sheila Watson, and Wilfred Watson. University of Alberta Press, 2016
  • Editor and Introduction. The Wrong World: Bertram Brooker’s Stories and Essays. Ottawa: The University of Ottawa Press, 2009
  • Editor and Introduction. Spaces Between Her Lips: The Selected Poetry of Margaret Christakos. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2017
  • Co-Editor and Afterword with Derek Beaulieu. RUSH: What Fuckan Theory; A Study uv Langwage. By bill bissett. Toronto: BookThug, 2012
  • Editor and Introduction. Lawren Harris In the Ward: His Poetry and Painting. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2007. Second edition modified to Contrasts: Lawren Harris In the Ward: A Book of Poetry and Paintings. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2012
  • Poet; author of seven books of experimental writing, including Boycott (Los Angeles: Make Now Press, 2014), The Obvious Flap (with Gary Barwin. Toronto: BookThug, 2011), and The Others Raisd in Me (St. John’s: Pedlar Press, 2009)

Marian Bredin
Research Interests: (Communication, Popular Culture, and Film) Canadian television programming, policy and industry, Aboriginal and indigenous people’s media in Canada Transmedia, social media and digital networks in the Canadian public sphere Niagara heritage tourism and popular memory.
Email: mbredin@brocku.ca

  • Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies (CANA); Director of Canadian and American Studies MA Program (CDAM)
  • 2013-18, Editor, Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études canadiennes
  • Bredin, M. (2017) Reconciliation and communication rights; Indigenous media and communication policy in Canada. Presented to Canadian Communication Association Conference, 30 May 2017, Toronto, ON
  • Bredin, M. (2016) Transmedia practices and Indigenous resurgent politics. Presented to International Association for Media and Communication Research Annual Conference, 28 July 2016, Leicester, UK
  • Bredin, M. (2015) ‘Who Were We? And What Happened to Us?’: Inuit Memory and Arctic Futures in Igloolik Isuma Film and Video. In S. MacKenzie and A. Westerståhl Stenport (Eds.), Films on Ice: Cinemas of the Arctic. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2015. 33-45
  • Bredin, M. (Ed.) (2013) Media policy in Canada: Sources for critical analysis. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt
  • Bredin, M., S. Henderson and S. Matheson, (Eds). (2012). Canadian television: Text and context. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Bredin, M. (2010). ‘APTN and its audience’. In M. Bredin & S. B. Hafsteinsson (Eds.), Indigenous screen cultures in Canada (pp.69-86). Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press

Maureen Connolly
Research Interests: (Kinesiology, Child and Youth Studies) Education (generally and more specifically, i.e., curriculum, policy, pedagogy, schools, higher education, arts based education, especially working with movement and other expressive forms, and blogging as an expressive medium) disability studies, and embodiment.
Email: mconnolly@brocku.ca

  • Frost, G. & Connolly. Is fine tuning possible with grade-focused students? In N.Haave (Ed.) In G. Boulet, N. Haave, R. Harde, M. MacKinnon, J. Plews & J. Wesselius (Eds.) Collected Essays in Learning and Teaching, Vol. 9, p. 147-154. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Windsor, ON. 2016
  • Frost, G. & Connolly. The Road Less Travelled? Pathways from Passivity to Agency in Student Learning. In G. Boulet, N. Haave, R. Harde, M. MacKinnon, J. Plews & J. Wesselius (Eds.) Collected Essays in Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, p. 47-54. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Windsor, ON. 2015
  • Frost, G., Connolly & E. Lappano. Why is it so hard to do a good thing? The challenges of using reflection to help sustain a commitment to learning. In C. Chiapetta Swanson, E. Allard, E. Aspenlieder, J. Raffoul & C. Teeter (Eds.) Collected Essays in Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7 No. 1, p. 46-49. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Windsor, ON. 2014
  • Anthony S. Burns · Daphney St-Germain Maureen Connolly · Jude J. Delparte · Andréanne Guindon · Sander L. Hitzig · B. Catharine Craven (2014). Phenomenological Study of Neurogenic Bowel From the Perspective of Individuals Living With Spinal Cord Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 08/2014; pii(1)
  • Cramp, J., Courtois, F., Connolly, M., Cosby, J., Ditor, D., The Impact of Urinary Incontinence on Sexual Function and Sexual Satisfaction in Women with Spinal Cord Injury. Sexuality and Disability. 09/2014. 32(3): 397-412
  • Anthony S. Burns · Daphney St-Germain Maureen Connolly · Jude J. Delparte · Andréanne Guindon · Sander L. Hitzig · B. Catharine Craven (2014). Neurogenic Bowel After Spinal Cord Injury From the Perspective of Support Providers: A Phenomenological Study. Article in PM&R 7(4) · October 2014

Jane Helleiner
Research Interests: (Sociology) Racism in Canada, the Canada/US border.
Email: jhelleiner@brocku.ca

  • 2017: Recruiting the “Culturally Compatible” Migrant: Irish Working Holiday Migration and White Settler Canadianness. Ethnicities. 17 (3): 299-319
  • 2016: Borderline Canadianness: Border Crossings and Everyday Nationalism in Niagara. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
  • 2013: Unauthorized Crossings, Danger and Death at the Canada/U.S. Border
    Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 39 (9): 1507-24
  • 2012: Whiteness and Narratives of a Racialized Canada/US Border at Niagara. Canadian Journal of Sociology. 37(2):  109-135
  • 2010: Canadian Border Resident Experience of  the “Smartening” Border at Niagara. Journal of Borderlands Studies. 25 (3&4): 87-103

Jane Koustas
Research Interests: (Modern Languages) Translation studies, Canadian translation history, Quebec literature, Canadian theatre
Email: jkoustas@brocku.ca

  • Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)viewed. Conrick, Maeve; Eagles, Munroe; Koustas, Jane and NiChasaide, Caitriona (eds.). Wilfrid Laurier University Press, March 2017
  • Robert Lepage on the Toronto Stage: Language, Identity, Nation. McGill-Queen`s University Press, 2016
  • Plurilinguisme et pluriculturalisme : Des modèles officiels dans le monde. Collectif : Gillian Lane-Mercier, Denise Merkle, Jane Koustas. Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2016
  • ”The First Nations Presence in the Theatre of Robert Lepage’, Quebec Studies, spring, 2015/10. 159-170
  • “1984-2009 : Robert Lepage Meets the ROC” . Translation Effects. K. Mezei and S. Simon (eds.), McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014,  345-358.
    *« Robert Lepage: la mondialisation du théâtre et le théâtre mondial’ Leroux, Patrick and Hervé Guay (eds). Le spectacle de la parole : le théâtre québécois contemporain et ses discours, Nota Bena, 2014. 351-396
  • “A Comparative Turn in Canadian Studies (Munroe Eagles & Jane Koustas) in Verduyn, Christl and Jane Koustas (eds) Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis, Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Press. 2012

Renee Lafferty-Salhany
Research Interests: (Canadian Studies/History) Canadian Religion, War of 1812, Cultural history of Alcohol.
Email: rlafferty@brocku.ca

Renée Lafferty-Salhany currently teaches in the Centre for Canadian Studies as well as the History Department.  Her areas of interest are modern Canadian history and culture, religion and denominationalism, and the history of voluntary organizations and public policy.  Prior to joining the department at Brock, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at York University, researching an ongoing project on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous and the emergence of public health programmes in Ontario after 1935.  She is also presently working on a manuscript study of children’s homes and orphans’ asylums in Halifax, Nova Scotia, between the late 1800s and 1960.  An article based on this latter research was recently published by the Canadian History Review (2002).

Catherine Parayre
Research Interests: (Modern Languages) French-Canadian literatures.
Email: cparayre@brocku.ca

Research in contemporary Western literatures and the visual arts, including contemporary Occitan literature, contemporary Franco-Canadian literatures, disability studies in literature and the arts, and creative writing.

Carmela Patrias
Research Interests: (History) Immigration, labour, women and human rights history.
Email: cpatrias@brocku.ca

Publications include Jobs and Justice: Fighting Discrimination in Wartime Canada, 1939-1945 (University of Toronto Press, 2012); Union Power: Solidarity and Struggle in Niagara (AU Press, 2012), co-authored with Larry Savage; Discounted Labour: Women Workers in Canada, 1870-1939 (University of Toronto Press, 2006), co-authored with Ruth Frager; Patriots and Proletarians: Politicizing Hungarian Immigrants in Interwar Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1994); as well as a number of articles on immigrant workers and the history of human rights in Canada.

Brian Power
Research Interests: (Music) Canadian Music (classical or folk – not popular music).
Email: bpower@brocku.ca

  • 2017: Winner of CBC/Choral Canada National Competition for Amateur Choirs (Chamber choir category –incl. performances of new Canadian works), as a member (tenor) of Pax Christi Chorale (Toronto)
  • 2015: CD recording – Winter Nights: Works by Stephanie Martin. Pax Christi Chorale and Orchestra. Recorded at Grace Church on the Hill, Toronto. Lockwood/Martin, 2015 (#SJM010)
  • 2014: Digital video – Now the Queen of Seasons by Canadian composer Stephanie Martin. Pax Christi Chorale. Recorded at Grace Church on the Hill; published online April 16, 2014 (ed. Robert DeVito)  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu93FQxA-x4
  • 2010: Published Conference Proceedings – with Stephanie Martin, “Ancient Echoes: Stylistic Influences in Healey Willan’s Liturgical Music” Sharing the Voices: The Phenomenon of Singing V, ed. Ki Adams and Tamara Reynish, St. John’s, NL: Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Tony Ward
Research Interests: (Tourism and Environment) The well-Being of Prairie Aboriginals between 1870 and 1910.
Email: award@brocku.ca