Our Director, Faculty, Scholars, & Distinguished Affiliates

Meet the Director

Dr Katie McCullough, Director of the SFU Centre for Scottish Studies

Dr Katie McCullough is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Guelph and her doctoral dissertation, Building the Highland Empire: The Highland Society of London and the Formation of Charitable Networks in Great Britain and Canada, 1778-1857, focussed on the history of the Highland Society of London. Her research primarily encompasses cultural and intellectual exchanges within networks of Highland Scots in the British Empire, especially Canada. You can contact Dr McCullough at klmccull@sfu.ca

Steering Committee Members

Dr John Craig, Professor, History

Dr John Craig is a Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. He received his BA Hons and MA degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, and his PhD from Cambridge University in the UK where he worked with Professor Robert Goheen. He held a research fellowship at Robinson College, Cambridge from 1992-94 before coming to Simon Fraser University in September 1994. Promoted Associate Professor in 1999 and Professor in 2005, Dr Craig served as Chair of the Department of History from 2005-2008. You can contact Dr Craig at johnc@sfu.ca

Dr Willeen Keough, Professor, History

Dr Willeen Keough is a Professor in both the Department of History at Simon Fraser University and the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS). She is a former Chair of GSWS. Dr Keough received her PhD from Memorial University in St John's, Newfoundland, and joined SFU in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation received the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e Prize in 2003 and was published in 2006 by Columbia University Press as The Slender Thread: Irish Women on the Southern Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, 1750-1860. She has also authored numerous articles and co-written Gender History: Canadian Perspectives with Dr Lara Campbell. You can contact Dr Keough at wkeough@sfu.ca

Dr Eleanor (Ellie) Stebner, Associate Professor, Humanities

Dr Eleanor (Ellie) Stebner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University and J.S. Woodsworth Chair. She teaches courses on religion, culture, ideas, and peace and previously taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Winnipeg before coming to SFU in 2005. Her publications focus on women and religion, Jane Addams, and movements for social change. She is part of a research team (SSHRC Insight Grant 2012) studying neighbourhood houses in Vancouver, and continues to study John Amos Comenius, select Nobel Peace prize laureates, and ecclesiastical apologies. You can contact Dr Stebner at estebner@sfu.ca

Dr Fred Popowich, Professor, Computing Science

Dr Fred Popowich is a Professor in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. He received his PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1989, and since then has been a faculty member in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. Dr Popowich was recently the Associate Director Research and Industrial Relations, and Director of the SFU Professional Masters in Big Data.  At SFU, he is also an Associate Member of the Department of Linguistics, and an Associate Member (and past director) of the Cognitive Science Program. He is currently the Executive Director of KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Computer Research Institute of Montreal, and the SFU Representative for Canada’s Big Data Consortium. You can contact Dr Popowich at popowich@sfu.ca

Scholars & Instructors

Dr Holly Faith Nelson, Professor, Chair, and Graduate Stream Coordinator of English, and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute, at Trinity Western University. Dr Nelson is the co-editor of James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author and Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture and has published or presented more than two dozen articles, conference papers, and invited lectures (co-authored by Dr Sharon Alker) on William Lithgow, Robert Burns, and James Hogg, as well as on the treatment of the Scots in the works of Shakespeare and Defoe. She and Dr Alker are currently editing the final volume in the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg.

Dr Niall MacKenzie holds an undergraduate degree in History from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in English from the University of Cambridge, where he was among the last research students to be supervised by the late Howard Erskine-Hill. Before coming to SFU, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC. Dr MacKenzie’s publications on literary-historical matters have appeared in a number of journals and edited collections, including Scottish Gaelic StudiesÉigseStudia NeophilologicaThe Review of English Studies, and The Age of Johnson. He is a grandson of Kate MacKenzie (Caitrìona Uilleim Iain mhic Artair, 1876-1979), a noted Cape Breton Island tradition bearer.

Dr Antone Minard is an instructor in the Humanities and World Literature department and the Department of English at SFU. He received his PhD in Folklore and Mythology at UCLA with a focus on Celtic languages and literatures. Dr Minard is the editor of The Celts: History, Life, and Culture, a two-volume encyclopedia published by ABC-Clio in 2012. Many of his courses on mythology and folk religion involve Scottish content (Celtic Mythology, Great Religious Texts, Religion in Context) and he has also taught courses on medieval Scottish history for the Continuing Studies Program.

Distinguished Affiliates

Ronald Sutherland is an Associate Member of the Centre and was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies. He spent his working career in the international shipping industry and retired as President of the Empire Shipping Company. He has been active for many years with the Scots community in British Columbia and, especially, with the BC Pipers Association.

Hon. John Allen Fraser, PC, OC, OBC, CD, QC, is the former Member of Parliament for Vancouver South (1972 to 1993) and former Speaker of the House of Commons (1986 to 1993). During his twenty-one years in Parliament, Mr Fraser served in key government positions, including Minister of the Environment (1979-80) and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1984-85), prior to his election as Speaker (1986 and 1988). He was the first person in Canadian history to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons by his parliamentary peers, a practice first instituted in 1986. He is Honorary Chair of the Fundraising Council of the Centre for Scottish Studies.