Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in the UK but we moved to Newfoundland when I was seven — my parents were marine biologists and “following the fish.” So I grew up in Newfoundland, eventually going to Memorial University (MUN) for my first degree. But while I was in high school I developed a strong interest in all things Russian, especially Russian history. I focused on this at MUN, then took an MA degree in something that doesn’t exist anymore, Soviet Studies, and had the good luck to work in Anglo-Soviet trade during the glasnost years. After a PhD in Chicago, I had a very positive job interview in Lethbridge in 2003 ( I travelled from London, England, so far that they really spoiled me). I also found it a very friendly place, reminding me of Newfoundland where I grew up, and I was happy to accept the job offer.
How long have you been at ULethbridge and what do you do here?
I started in 2003 and usually teach Modern European History. Right now, I’m president of the Faculty Association, but miss the teaching.
What's the best part of your job?
There are many great things but teaching the students is the best part: they are polite and respectful but intellectually curious as well and not afraid to call out their professor sometimes, which I like.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
A very long time ago I used to play classical violin and folk fiddle but these days listening to music – many different kinds – is enough. We also hike in the mountains regularly.