My research has involved such diverse subjects as the rural west, settler-aboriginal relations, higher education, and, from a critical position, theory and ethics in international relations. My writing has appeared in such diverse public venues as Inside Higher Ed, the Small Farmer’s Journal, the Toronto Star, Alberta Views, the literary magazine Geist, as well as in leading academic journals such as the Review of International Studies.
In international relations, my current interests are rooted in both the English School – in what I take to be openings in Martin Wight’s work – and applied hermeneutics: first, on the idea of the limit, the frontier, the outsider, the apocalyptic; and second, on thinking the international from beyond ‘the West.’ Recently I contributed to the Guide to the English School in International Studies (2014).
I have also explored what it means to live in the prairie region with a sense of memory and care. That work includes We are All Treaty People: Prairie Essays (2008), Writing Off the Rural West (co-edited, 2001) and Roads Taken: The Professorial Life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good (2014). I co-produced the radio documentary “The Canadian Clearances,” for CBC Radio's Ideas. I was an honorary witness at hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and participated in two panels at the final national assembly in 2014.
I welcome graduate students in any of the above areas.