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Meet the Faculty

Leith Davis, Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, is the current director of the Centre. She is the author of Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation, 1707-1830 and Music, Postcolonialism, Gender: The Construction of Irish National Identity 1725-1874 as well as co-editor of Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism. She has also published numerous articles on the poems of Ossian, Robert Burns and other aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish and Irish literature and culture.   leith@sfu.ca

Stephen Duguid is Professor and Chair of the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University. He was a founding member of the Centre for Scottish Studies. He teaches courses in the area of environment and culture, the 18th-century Enlightenment and great texts in the Humanities. He has directed several travel-study courses in Scotland on the theme of "landscape and identity" as well as courses on "Edinburgh and the Scottish Enlightenment."   duguid@sfu.ca

Jack Little is Professor in the History Department at Simon Fraser University and a recently elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. A specialist on Quebec history, he has published a number of studies on the communities established in that province by families from the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Arran.   jlittle@sfu.ca


Non-Faculty and Staff

Emma Pink is a research assistant in the Scottish Studies Centre at Simon Fraser University.  She is currently completing a dissertation which focusses on articulations of nationalism in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British song culture.  She is interested in the historical (and on-going) connections between Canada and Scotland, especially in relation to the construction of national identities and cultural production.  emmaea_pink@sfu.ca

Harry McGrath is the Edinburgh-based special adviser to the Centre for Scottish Studies. He is the Chair of the Dot Scot registry, a not-for-profit company supported by the Scottish Government to establish a new top-level internet domain (.scot) for the worldwide family of Scots. He also advises the Scottish Government’s “Team Scotland in Canada” and writes regularly for the Herald in Scotland and the Celtic Connection in Vancouver.

Ronald MacLeod is a retired Director General of the Pacific and Freshwater Fisheries and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. His father and mother were Gaelic speaking émigrés from the Island of Raasay, Scotland. He was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies and, in 2000, received the Chancellor"s Distinguished Service Award for service to SFU.

Ronald Sutherland spent his working career in the international shipping industry. He retired as President of the Empire Shipping Company. He has been active for many years with the Scots community in British Columbia and, especially, with the B.C. Pipers Association. He was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies.

Hon. John A. Fraser served in key positions, including Minister for the Environment and Minister of Fisheries during his 21 years in parliament. He was the first person to have been selected Speaker of the House of Commons by his peers, a practice instituted in 1986. He is Honorary Chair of the Fundraising Council of the Centre for Scottish Studies.