May/June 2018

Howlett specializes in public policy analysis, political economy, and resource and environmental policy and is among the top researchers named by the Government of Canada to pursue world-class research at post-secondary institutions across the country. 

In “Dearest Canada: A Letter from your Daughter,” Melanie Mercer writes powerfully and eloquently about her life as an Indigenous woman who was adopted and raised by white parents of European descent.

Videos and resources from the sold-out May event "Recognize, Render and Redirect: Supporting Faculty to Support Students with Mental Health Challenges" panel are now available.

Simon Fraser University and the NATO Defense College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a NATO field school program this summer.

It is with deep sadness that the department of Economics announced the sudden passing of economics PhD student Meiyu Li on May 25, 2018, as a result of a car accident in Ontario, BC. Meiyu joined the department as an MA student in 2013 and was an exceptionally bright, promising student. 

Tributes to Meiyu can be submitted via an online form, and will be shared on the department of Economics homepage. Donations are being accepted for The Meiyu Li Memorial Scholarship in Economics.

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of Maha El Meseery on May 13, 2018 as a result of a car accident in Egypt. Maha joined SFU’s School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) PhD program in 2016 and worked for the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) where she contributed to the Visualize FASS Research project.

SFU public policy professor Doug McArthur is recognized for his four decades of contributions to policy and public administration across Canada and internationally. 

Philosophy's Dr. Lisa Shapiro recently earned the Ulrike Detmers Elisabeth of Bohemia Prize from the Centre for the History of Women Philosophers an Scientists for her efforts in making accessible and in understanding the philosophical views of 17th Century philosopher Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia.

Congratulations to History's Mark Leier and Psychology's Jodi Viljoen on earning a 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision!

Congratulations to the 2018 Cormack winners: Tina Adcock (History), Douglas Allen (Economics), Leith Davis (English), Dai Heide (Philosophy), and Steve Weldon (Political Science).

Dr. Jane Pulkingham, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), is pleased to introduce three new groups of annual awards to recognize the dedication and hard work of FASS employees including staff, continuing faculty and temporary instructors.  

FASS faculty and students are frequently in the news for their research and as experts on the world around us. Here are some of their interviews from May and June.

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June 23-30, 2018

  • Criminology sessional instructor Glen Brown is quoted in article on whether Correctional Service Canada should close certain federal prisons.
  • Criminology adjunct Scott Newark is interviewed on AM 980 about the Canadian Justice system.
  • In the podcast, New Books in French Studies, History’s Roxanne Panchasi provides commentary on the book Decolonizing Christianity: Religion and the End of Empire and Algeria.
  • Criminology’s Curt Griffiths is mentioned in a Globe and Mail article on report calling for changes to Edmonton police’s use of street checks.
  • Criminology’s Curt Griffiths comments on city of Surrey’s need for its own police force.
  • Gerontology adjunct Dan Levitt pens op-ed in Vancouver Sun.
  • Criminology’s Rob Gordon is quoted in story on BC casino report and financial crime.

Congratulations to all our FASS undergraduate and graduate convocation award winners: Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, Alexander Jackson, Kaitlyn Thompson, Deven Azevedo, Lauren McRae, Dr. Nancy Teeple, and Dr. Jodie Warren.

Budding philanthropist Anoop Virk says family, kindness, self care and positivity are the pillars of her success.


Sudanese refugee Samuel Thiak follows his passion in studying political science and sets sights on a career in national and international security and foreign policy.

Linguistics alumnus Kaitlyn Thompson graduated with an impressive 4.30 grade point average and earns this year's Governor General’ Silver Medal.

Journalist and communications professional, Micaela Evans says of the most valuable skills she graduates with is learning to think critically, ask big questions, and not accept the clichéd answers like, “that’s just the way things are.”

Enquiring mind plus thirst for knowledge equals BA in history for retired accountant.

Immersion in critical dialogue paired with a longstanding passion for global affairs takes this International Studies and World Literature grad to Columbia University and London School of Economics.

Congratulations to our
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences graduates!

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