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Don Dombowsky did his graduate study at the University of Ottawa and the New School for Social Research in New York. He has taught a wide range of courses for the Politics and International Studies, Philosophy and Liberal Arts programs on selected topics in the history and theory of politics, philosophy and art.
He was nominated for the William & Nancy Turner Teaching Award in 2011 and received a Teaching Merit Award for his Classical Political Philosophy II course in 2012. In 2019 he was nominated for a Bishop’s Teaching Award.
Professor Dombowsky’s research deals primarily with the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche for which he is internationally recognized. He is the author of Nietzsche’s Machiavellian Politics (2004) and co-editor of Political Writings of Friedrich Nietzsche: An Edited Anthology (2008). He has also published articles in the Journal of Nietzsche Studies and Nietzsche Studien: Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung as well as in other Canadian and European journals. In April of 2011 he was awarded a SSHRC Research Grant for his study of Nietzsche and Napoleon published as Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy (University of Wales Press, 2014).
Nietzsche and Napoleon: The Dionysian Conspiracy (University of Wales Press, 2014).
Co-editor, Political Writings of Friedrich Nietzsche: An Edited Anthology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Nietzsche’s Machiavellian Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
‘Les sources du Napoléon de Nietzsche’. In: Martine Béland (ed.). Lectures nietzschéennes. Sources et réceptions. (Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, coll. “Pensée allemande et européenne”, 2015), 163-199.
‘Aristocratic Radicalism as a Species of Bonapartism’. In: Manuel Knoll and Barry Stocker (eds.). Nietzsche as Political Philosopher (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2014), 195-209.
‘A Response to Alan D. Schrift’s “Nietzsche For Democracy?”’ (2002). Reprinted in: Tracy Strong (ed.). International Library of Essays in the History of Social and Political Thought – Friedrich Nietzsche. (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2009), 109-121.
‘Nietzsche as Bonapartist’. In: Herman W. Siemens and V. Roodt (eds.). Nietzsche, Power and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche’s Legacy for Political Thought. (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008), 347-369.
‘“The Last Metaphysician”: Heidegger on Nietzsche’s Politics’. The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms. Vol. 23. Issue 6. 2018, pp. 628-642.
‘Ian Curtis and the German Autumn’. Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination. Volume 7. Nos. 1 & 2. Spring 2018, pp. 31-49.
‘Symbolic Insurrection: Eternal Recurrence as an Instrument of Appropriation’. Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, Bishop’s University, September 26-28, 2019.
‘Nietzsche as Viewed by the European New Right’. Conference on Nietzsche’s Critique of Values and its Reception. Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Nietzsche-Kommentar, University of Freiburg, Germany, June 4-5, 2019.
‘Nietzsche’s Bonapartism and the Displacement of the Nomadic Reconstruction’. Symposium on Nietzsche, Politics and Values. Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Nietzsche-Kommentar, University of Freiburg, Germany, May 16, 2018.
‘Heidegger’s Defining of Nietzsche’s Politics’. Symposium on Nietzsche’s Social and Political Thought. Bishop’s University, September 15, 2017.
‘Nietzsche’s Bonapartism’. Philosophisches Kolloquium. University of Konstanz, Germany, May 7, 2015.
‘Aristocratic Radicalism as a Species of Bonapartism’. MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory. Ninth Annual Conference. Nietzsche and Political Theory. University of Manchester, U.K., Sept. 5-7, 2012.
Dr. Gilbert Gagné obtained a D.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 1995. He also holds a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Ottawa. His research and teaching interests revolve around international regimes and organizations, North American integration, Canadian foreign policy and Canadian- American relations. Dr. Gagné has published extensively in these areas and currently serves as an academic referee for the Canadian government’s policy research project on North American Linkages.
Dr. Gagné’s current research assesses the impact of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Dispute. The United States has argued that Canadian forest policies, including the fees charged by Canadian provincial governments to lumber firms to harvest trees on public land, result in subsidization and dumping. For its part, Canada has insisted that its forestry practices represent general public policies that are not related to trade and unfair conditions of competition. Unlike the United States, Canada and other countries apply a tempered model of economic liberalism, which allows for a prominent role for public authorities in certain key sectors, such as ownership and management of natural resources. Debates over such issues will intensify in a context of economic globalization. Can the notion of ‘fair’ conditions of competition be accommodated with the maintenance of such key differences in states’ socio-economic policies? As the regime governing international trade, the WTO is the forum where such issues are discussed and negotiated. In this regard, from a broader empirical and theoretical perspective, the Softwood Lumber conflict and the crucial issues it raises will serve as a test case with respect to the development of international trade provisions.
Dr. Gagné’s research contributions include:
Gagné, Gilbert and François Roch, “The US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute and the WTO Definition of Subsidy”, World Trade Review, Vol. 7, No. 3, 2008, pp. 547-572.
Gagné, Gilbert, “Policy Diversity, State Autonomy, and the US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute: Philosophical and Normative Aspects”, Journal of World Trade, Vol. 41, No. 4, August 2007, pp. 699-730.
Gagné, Gilbert and Jean-Frédéric Morin, “What Can Best Explain the Prevalence of Bilateralism in the Investment Regime?”, International Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring 2007, pp. 53-74
Gagné, Gilbert and Jean-Frédéric Morin, “The Evolving American Policy on Investment Protection: Evidence From Recent FTAs and the 2004 Model BIT”, Journal of International Economic Law, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2006, pp. 357-382.
Gagné, Gilbert (ed.), La diversité culturelle: vers une convention internationale effective?, Montreal: Fides, 2005, 215 pp.
Gagné, Gilbert, “L’identité québécoise et l’intégration continentale”, Politique et Sociétés, Vol. 23, Nos. 2-3, 2004, pp. 45-68.
Gagné, Gilbert, René Côté, and Christian Deblock, Les récents accords de libre-échange conclus par les États-Unis : une menace à la diversité culturelle, Report submitted to the Agence intergouvernementale de la Francophonie, June 2004, 68pp.
Gagné, Gilbert, “Cultural Sovereignty, Identity, and North American Integration: on the Relevance of the U.S.-Canada-Quebec Border”, Québec Studies, Vol. 36, Fall 2003/Winter 2004, pp. 29-49.
Gagné, Gilbert, “The Canada-US Softwood Lumber Dispute: A Test Case for the Development of International Trade Rules”, International Journal, Vol. 58, No. 3, Summer 2003, pp. 335-368.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2002. “Canada-US Border and Culture: How to ensure Canadian cultural sovereignty.” Canadian Foreign Policy, 9(2), 159-170.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2002. “North American integration and Canadian culture.” In George Hoberg (Ed.) Capacity for Choice: Canada in a New North America. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2001. “The Investor-State Provisions in the Aborted MAI and in NAFTA: Issues and Prospects”, The Journal of World Investment, 2 (3), 481-505.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2001. “Mondialisation, régionalisation et questions identitaires: Le Canada, le Québec et l’exception culturelle.” Revue québécoise de droit international, 13 (2), 249-261.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2000. “North American free trade, Canada, and US trade remedies: An assessment after ten years.” The World Economy 23(1), 77-91.
Gagné, Gilbert. 2000. “International trade rules and states: Enhanced authority for the WTO?” In Richard A. Higgott, Geoffrey R.D. Underhill, and Andreas Bieler (Eds.) Non-State Actors and Authority in the Global System. London/New York: Routledge, 226-240.
Sarah-Myriam Martin-Brûlé has a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University. Her research focuses on peace operations and security issues related to fragile states. Her doctoral dissertation strived to understand the conditions under which peace operations succeeded or failed. She studied the cases of Somalia, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Her fieldwork was completed in West Africa, Ethiopia (Ogaden region) and South Africa, where she interviewed military commanders, rebel leaders, refugees and experts. Her most recent publications include “Evaluating Peacekeeping Missions: A Typology of Success and Failure in International Interventions”, (Routledge, 2016). Her recent research projects focus on peacekeeping intelligence. She is an associate faculty member of the Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS), the Montreal Center for International Studies (CERIUM), the Réseau des Opérations de la paix (ROP) and the Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (ICAMES).
Dr. Heather McKeen-Edwards completed a Ph.D. in Political Science from McMaster University in 2009. Her research interests revolve around global political economy, particularly issues in finance and transnational public-private governance, and global sport policy. She has co-authored a book with Tony Porter, Transnational Financial Associations and the Governance of Global Finance: Assembling Wealth and Power (Routledge, 2013), which examines the impact that transnational financial associations have on global financial practices. Her recent work has focused on policies and regulations around consumer finance and household debt. At Bishop’s she teaches a range of courses in International Relations, International Political Economy and sport policy.
Dr. Andrew J. Stritch obtained his Ph.D. from Queen’s University in 1986. He also holds a BA from Exeter University and an MA from Lancaster University in England, and was awarded the Diploma of the International Graduate School at Stockholm University. His research interests revolve around American and Canadian public policy, workers’ compensation policy, and business-government relations and he has written several books and articles in these areas.
Dr. Stritch is now working on a book manuscript entitled, The Origins of Workers’ Compensation in Canada. This builds on work already published in the Canadian Journal of Political Studies on the origins of the Quebec workers’ compensation program. It tries to synthesize a number of different approaches from the literature on public policy theory to explain how and why these provincial programs came about.
Dr. Trygve Ugland was educated at University of Oslo and Queen’s University of Belfast (Ph.D. University of Oslo, 2002). His research and teaching interests lie in the fields of Comparative Politics and Comparative Public Policy, with a focus on European and Scandinavian Politics. His two most recent books include Jean Monnet and Canada: Early Travels and the Idea of European Unity (2011, University of Toronto Press) and Policy Learning from Canada: Reforming Scandinavian Immigration and Integration Policies (2018, University of Toronto Press).