Fulbright Foundation

UW-Canada Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies

The UW Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies brings scholars, scientists, practitioners and leaders involved in Arctic affairs to the University of Washington. Among other activities, each Fulbright chair offers a seminar on Arctic issues to undergraduate and graduate students, expanding the educational reach of the Future of Ice Initiative to otherwise inaccessible international figures. Every spring quarter, the Fulbright Chair will teach an Arctic course, ARCTIC 401, with a new topic. This year’s topic being:  Canada & U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. This course is also applicable to the Arctic Studies minor for undergraduates.

2015-2016 Fulbright Chair: Heather Nicol

H. NicolHeather Nicol
is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where her teaching and research focuses on geopolitics in the North American Arctic region. Nicol is a member of University of the Arctic’s thematic network, Geopolitics and Security. Her most recent publications include “Nunavut, Sovereignty, and the Future for Arctic Peoples’ Involvement in Regional Self-Determination,” published in The Northern Review (2013) and The Fence and The Bridge: Geopolitics and Perception Along the Canada U.S. Border (forthcoming, 2015).

Nicol’s research explores the structural dynamics that orient the political geography of the circumpolar North, with a special focus on the North American Arctic and Canada-U.S. relations. Her work examines regional cooperation and tensions, geopolitical narratives, and mappings of power and sovereignty. She is currently exploring both the history of circumpolar geopolitics in relation to globalization and post-global world paradigms and the related issue of the dynamic of the North American chairmanship of the Arctic Council which began in Kiruna Sweden 2013, when Canada assumed the Chair, continuing to 2017, when the American Chairmanship concludes.

As UW’s Canada Fulbright Visiting Chair in Arctic Studies to the University of Washington in 2015-16, Nicol plans to explore the U.S. Arctic Chairmanship and the geopolitics of its “One Arctic” approach, looking with referee to broader patterns of American, Canadian and circumpolar geopolitics.

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The program is sponsored by the UW Office of Global Affairs; Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; College of Arts and Sciences; College of the Environment; and the Foundation for Educational Exchange Between Canada and the United States.

For more information on the program visit the Canadian Studies Center website. You can also view previous Fulbright Chairs in Arctic Studies.