Meet some of Carleton’s new faculty members

There are many new faces in Carleton’s faculty this year. Below are some of the new professors joining the university.

Melanie Adrian

Melanie Adrian is a new professor with Carleton’s law department. Her research focuses on the question of rights of minorities in religiously, ethnically and culturally diverse societies. She is examining how states integrate or accommodate culturally distinct peoples while maintaining a healthy balance between international and national rights and respect for national values. Most recently, she has looked at these questions in light of the debate around religious symbols in public schools in France. Her forthcoming book Risking Religious Freedom: France, the Veil and the Right to Act on Faith argues that France, and Europe more generally, are heading down a dangerous path in their reluctance to live up to the spirit of international human rights conventions. Dr. Adrian says: “These conventions have historically been interpreted to protect a wide range of manifestations of religious belief – and this stands in direct opposition to the current trend favoring a more narrow interpretation of this same right.” Her plans include meeting scholars, activists, journalists, politicians and others working on all aspects of these issues here in Canada and Ottawa.

Peter Coffman

Peter Coffman is the new architectural historian in the School for Studies in Art and Culture. His primary research area is 19th-century Canadian architecture, especially churches. He has authored several articles on Canadian and English (medieval) architecture and authored a book Newfoundland Gothic (2008.) He is also President of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. Dr. Coffman just finished a Killam postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University. “I think I may be the only architectural historian ever to have won a music award for photography. I walked 1,000 km along the medieval pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela with a musician and composer named Oliver Schroer in 2004. He recorded what became a very highly regarded CD of violin music in churches along the way and my photographs for the CD cover and booklet subsequently won an Independent Music Award in the USA for Best Album Photography.”

Marc-André Gagnon

Marc-André Gagnon is an expert on the political economy of pharmaceutical innovation, drug pricing, drug coverage and on the commercialization of medical research. He can talk about other topics such as generic pricing, pharmacare, drug firms restructuring and illegal pharmaceutical promotion. He regularly gives workshops and lectures to physicians, professors and students in medicine faculties and to College of Physicians about corporate strategies to influence medical research and practice. Dr. Gagnon is also a research fellow with the Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration. His other areas of expertise include political economy, social policy and income inequality. He joins the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton.

Shawn Graham

Shawn Graham was interested in the question: how much punishment can social networks take before they fall apart? While at the University of Manitoba, he recreated social networks in the construction industry in early imperial Rome by using simulation/modeling. His research won him a spot at the First University of Nebraska Digital Humanities Workshop in 2005. Graham joins the Department of History as an assistant professor of digital humanities. He is now looking at understanding the social and economic networks of ancient resource exploitation by using a simulation of the settlement history of Western Quebec and its timbering history as an ethnographic parallel for antiquity. He has also contributed to a number of game-based learning projects. Graham has also worked in the commercial heritage industry in the Ottawa Region, most notably completing the heritage inventory of Gatineau Park for the National Capital Commission. He’s particularly curious to see how he can mesh smart-phone computing, public history and archaeology, with game-based learning.

Jackie Kennelly

Jacqueline Kennelly recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where she studied the impacts of the Olympic Games on low-income young people. She has been awarded a SSHRC standard research grant to continue this study, which will compare the effects of the Vancouver 2010 Games and the London 2012 Games on marginalized, homeless, and low-income youth. She is the co-author (with J. Dillabough) of Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (Routledge, 2010), and the author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011). She joins the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Alexandra Mallett

Alexandra Mallett’s areas of expertise include sustainable energy, climate change, low carbon energy transitions, as well as low carbon technology cooperation, adoption and innovation. Her geographic areas of interest have focused on the developing world (especially emerging economies and Latin America). She has been commissioned to conduct research for a number of agencies including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as a part of the Sussex Energy Group, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, where she continues to be a visiting fellow. Other areas of expertise include urban development issues, trade and competitiveness policies and science and technology policies. Mallett is a new member of the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Anil Varughese

Anil Varughese is a new member of the School of Public Policy and Administration. He is an expert on India, primarily Indian politics, public policy, political parties, political economy and elections. His current research explores how India’s rapid economic ascent may be reinforcing or transforming a long history of social inequities in public policy. He has previously consulted for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Ontario’s Ministry of Trade and Economic Development. Other areas of expertise include international development, globalization and governance and social policy in the developing world.

Qi Zhu

Qi Zhu’s current research focuses on the comparative studies on Eastern and Western architectural thinking and crafting traditions. Dr. Zhu explored the ancient Chinese war strategies and their parallels in traditional Chinese architectural practice. She has a remarkable record in her professional practice especially in the area of lighting and museum design. She has been working at one of the most important firms in lighting design in Washington, DC and now joins the School of Architecture and Urbanism. Her expertise also encompasses the critical reflections on the digital technologies and digital representation.

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