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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 11:15am

Political Science would like to extend a warm welcome to our three (3) new faculty members joining us effective July 1st, 2015.

JACK LUCAS has joined the Department of Political Science as an Assistant Professor.  Dr. Lucas completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in 2014, and just completed his Killam Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Lucas's current research is in the area of institutional and policy change in Canadian cities, with a focus on urban policy governance, special purpose bodies, and the historical development of Canadian multilevel governance. He also has theoretical interests in comparative political development and historical social science. In the 2015-2016 academic year, Dr. Lucas will be teaching courses on Canadian city politics (POLI 425) , the Canadian State (Poli 321), and multilevel governance in Canadian cities (POLI 502).

Dr. Lucas is very excited to be joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Originally from Elmira, Ontario, Jack is planning to keep quiet about his loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs, at least for the first few years.

ROBERTA RICE specializes in Indigenous politics, with a focus on Latin America. Her research examines diverse forms of contentious collective action in response to the implementation of market reforms, including direct action tactics and participation in electoral politics. Her book, "The New Politics of Protest: Indigenous Mobilization in Latin America's Neoliberal Era," was nominated for the 2014 Canadian Political Science Association prize in comparative politics. She is currently working on a comparative research project on Indigenous rights and representation in Canada and Latin America that was funded by a SSHRC standard research grant. Her case studies include Nunavut and Yukon in Canada and Bolivia and Ecuador in Latin America.

DANIEL VOTH - Tanshi! I am Métis from the Métis Nation of the Red Deer Valley. I descend from a well-respected family of buffalo hunters who lived in Red River while travelling the length and breadth of the northern plains. I was born, raised, and educated near my family's scrip land in the inner city of Winnipeg. I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics at the University Winnipeg in 2007. Between 2007 and 2008 I served as the lead intern in the Manitoba Legislative Assembly's Internship Program where I wrote speeches and researched for both executive council and government members of the legislative assembly. My doctoral research examined the political and decolonizing relationships between Métis and other Indigenous peoples in Manitoba. Using the work of Métis scholar and activist Howard Adams, I argue that fractious and uncomfortable political relationships can foster a broad inter-Indigenous decolonizing politics. I am thrilled to be a new member of the Department of Political Science at the world class University of Calgary in the territory of Treaty 7 peoples.