Carleton welcomes top NAFTA scholar as Fulbright Visiting Research Chair

NAFTA was supposed to help even the economic playing field in North America, but after 11 years, it seems things just haven’t turned out as planned.

It’s something Carol Wise, the 2004 Carleton-Fulbright Visiting Research Chair will be investigating further when she arrives at Carleton’s Centre for North American Politics and Society this January.

More specifically, she will examine the impact of deepening North American integration on real wages and the trend towards diminishing income equality. Wise will also explore ways in which the Canadian experience with social policy offers important insights for policy reform and equity-enhancing efforts in Mexico and the United States.

“Out of the three countries, Canada is more pro-equality,” she says.

A specialist in the political economy of the Americas, Wise is one of North America’s leading scholars of post-NAFTA interaction. Currently an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California, Wise has an extensive publication record, including The Post-NAFTA Political Economy: Mexico and the Western Hemisphere and many articles in top journals, including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Foreign Affairs.

“We are delighted that Professor Wise is joining our faculty,” says Alan Harrison, Carleton’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “Carleton is a leading centre for international relations and an ideal location for research on contemporary issues facing North America.”

Wise shares equal enthusiasm about coming to Carleton. “Having dabbled in Canadian studies – I’m thrilled about spending time immersing myself in a Canadian University,” she says.

Wise hopes her time at Carleton and in Canada will help her contribute to a future publication on the realities on NAFTA.

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