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After completing her Ph.D. in political science at Queen's University, Dr. Cara Camcastle was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship and attended the University of California at Berkeley as a visiting scholar. Her successful career includes teaching several years on the faculties of both UBC and SFU, and her peer-reviewed publications include papers in world-class academic journals and a book in the highly respected series of McGill-Queen's University Press: Studies in the History of Ideas. One of her areas of specialization is Canadian politics. She studies party ideologies and policies, including those on the environment. Her expert analysis of election campaigns has been sought by the media.
She also enjoys being in the classroom when students have opportunity to share their ideas and respond to the reactions of others, honing their own thinking and deepening everyone’s understanding. Students are encouraged to apply to contemporary issues the theoretical knowledge that they acquire through lectures and readings. When she is not teaching Cara enjoys a trip to the ocean, a walk in the woods, or working in the garden. She finds that this reconnection with nature is therapeutic and reenergizing.
Ph.D. in Political Science (Queen's University)
M.A. (University of British Columbia)
B.A. Hon. (University of British Columbia)
Recent Conference Presentations:
Presenter at Roundtable Discussion on the Federal Election 2019 at the Canadian Political Science Association Conference, UBC in June 2019. Commenting on the Green Party and environmental politics.
“Green Political Theorist J. Stan Rowe and the Rights for Nature” presented at British Columbia Political Science Association Conference, Langara College, 2 May 2019.
Recent Media Interviews:
“Greens Won Big in Vancouver. What Will They Stand For? The party is ‘working within a different set of values,’ explains SFU prof.” by Geoff Dembicki The Tyee October 29, 2018
Maclean’s August 4, Nancy Macdonald and Ken MacQueen, “Battleground B.C.: Parties look to fulfill desire for change” on the impact of bill c-51 anti-terrorism legislation
Vancouver Sun Video July 31, 2015 on the impact of the largest campaign in history
Teaching at SFU:
POL 253 Introduction to Public Policy
POL 313 Political Ideologies
POL 322 Canadian Political Parties
POL 329: Selected Topics: Environmental Politics
POL 311 Contemporary Perspectives on Ancient Political Thought
POL 329 Selected Topics: Politics of the Canadian Arctic
POL 222 Introduction to Canadian Politics