Carleton Professor named Fulbright Research Chair

Sometimes, crossing the Canada-U.S. border can feel like an inane sort of Spanish Inquisition, but Carleton’s Michael Hart, Professor in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), could help make the trip a little less turbulent.

Hart, who teaches trade policy at the School, was recently named Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Visiting Research Chair in Canada-U.S. relations. A leading Canadian scholar, Hart will investigate how better policy and procedures could improve the complex relationship that exists between the two countries.

Crossing the border is but one example where most people have experienced how outdated policies can cause excessive frustration, says Hart. “When you cross the border, you fill in some papers, you answer dumb questions, but why is this necessary? It’s something 200,000 Canadians face every day.”

Hart will spend a full academic year exploring methods of strengthening Canada-U.S. institutions to manage the increasing integration and interdependence between the two countries. He will spend the fall 2004 academic term at the Center for North American Studies at American University as a Scholar in Residence, then will take up his position as Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in January 2004. Woodrow Wilson is a leading research institution in Washington, D.C.

Hart has taught at NPSIA for 15 years, and was named Reisman Professor in 2000. He has an exhaustive list of publications, and as a former official in Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs contributed strategic advice in the development of major Canada-U.S. trade policy agreements, including the Free Trade Agreement.

Professor Hart says he is “honoured to be selected as the Fulbright Chair at the Woodrow Wilson Center for next winter and looks forward to a stimulating year in Washington,” adding that his year in Washington “should also provide material and ideas to help enrich the teaching of Canada-U.S. relations at NPSIA at Carleton University.”

The Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Visiting Research Chair was established in 2002 to foster collaboration between prominent Canadian scholars and the full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship affiliated with the Wilson Center. The Fulbright Program has long been recognized as the premier academic exchange program, and attracts exceptional scholars from more than 150 countries worldwide.

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