President: Martha Radice

President-Elect: Pamela Downe

Past-President: Donna Patrick 

Treasurer: Udo Krautwurst

Secretary: Charles Menzies

Anglophone Member at Large: Eric Henry

Francophone Member at Large: Van Troi Tran

Communications Officer: Éric Gagnon Poulin 


List of (almost) all Executive Committee members since 1974 (PDF). Please let us know if you know the missing information! 

President: Martha Radice

Martha Radice is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of Dalhousie University, Halifax. She has investigated social relations, especially interethnic relations, and the production of space in multiethnic commercial streets in Montréal. Her ongoing areas of interest are urban anthropology, public space, public art and public culture, multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism, neighbourhoods, and ethnographic methods. She has also been involved in applied research, having evaluated social inclusion in high schools and police-community relations in the UK and looked at public libraries as public space in Canada. 

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President-Elect: Pamela Downe

Pamela Downe is a medical anthropologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her ongoing areas of research are the anthropology of infectious disease, reproduction and maternal care, and gendered violence.  She has worked in six countries across North and Central America as well as the eastern Caribbean: Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Barbados.  She has recently completed two projects.  The first is an ethnographic study of motherhood in the context of the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS epidemic; the second is an interdisciplinary exploration of pain in the lives of men living with hemophilia.  She is a past recipient of CASCA’s Richard F. Salisbury Award as well as the Weaver-Tremblay award.

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Past-president: Donna Patrick

Donna Patrick studied linguistics and anthropology at McGill University, earning her B.A. and M.A. there, and at the University of Toronto, where she received her Ph.D. She taught at Brock University from 1996 to 2003 before moving to Carleton University in 2004, where she is currently Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Professor Patrick’s research in linguistic anthropology focuses on Indigenous and minority language politics, rights, and practices and has included work in language endangerment, language socialization, language education policy and practice, critical literacies, and social semiotics. Publications include the 2003 monograph Language, Politics, and Social Interaction in an Inuit Community and the co-edited 2004 volume, Language Rights and Language Survival, as well as articles critiquing language endangerment discourse, language policy, and conceptions of language removed from political economic contexts of language learning and use. Her most recent work involves participatory action research with Inuit in Ottawa and Montreal, and explores Inuit identities, literacies, and the construction of place in transnational contexts through the semiotics of objects, food, and language. 

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Treasurer: Udo Krautwurst

Udo Krautwurst received his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Manitoba, and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut. Currently he is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at the University of Prince Edward Island. His graduate degrees focused on historical anthropology/anthropology of colonialism, particularly of settler colonies in Africa. For about the last decade his research has concentrated on the anthropology of bioscience/biomedicine, especially as it develops on Prince Edward Island. His current research considers the effects of federal and provincial science and economic policies as they affect work at the lab bench among small bioscience companies. 

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Secretary: Charles Menzies

Charles Menzies, a member of Gitxaała Nation, was born and raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. His primary research interests are the production of anthropological films, natural resource management, political economy, contemporary First Nations’ issues, maritime anthropology, and indigenous archaeology. He is also special advisor on  cultural and heritage research for Gitxaała Nation and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. 

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Anglophone Member at Large: Eric Henry

Eric Henry is a linguistic anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He holds a Master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in anthropology from Cornell University. His research describes the emerging role of global languages, most notably English, in China. Since 2003 he has conducted fieldwork within the foreign language teaching industry in the northeastern city of Shenyang, and charts the ways that global languages, national languages and local vernaculars interact in the production of cosmopolitan identities. His teaching and research interests encompass the fields of sociolinguistics, semiotics, globalization, and language inequalities. He has also conducted archival research on missionary language educators in early 20th century Peking.

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Francophone Member at Large: Van Troi Tran

Van Troi Tran is Lecturer in Ethnology at Laval University and Research Assistant at the Centre de recherches Cultures.Arts.Sociétés (CELAT). His research has focused on food and globalization in the context of international events, the implementation of international food hygiene standards, the politics of crowd management, and the social life of brands. He has published two books: Manger et boire aux expositions universelles (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2012) and Patrimoines sensibles : mots, espaces, pratiques, coedited with Vincent Auzas (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2010).He is currently working on an anthropology of historians in the Francophone world and examines the effects of the globalization and neoliberalization of academia on historians practicing their “craft” in a non-hegemonic language. 

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Communications Officer: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Éric Gagnon Poulin is interested in poverty and exclusion, sustainable development, social movements and resistance in Quebec and Latin America. He completed his Masters degree on Mirabel exproprieted citizen’s political mobilisation. He also produced a documentary film on the same topic that will be premiered at the 2nd International Forum on Great Useless and Imposed Projects in France. Eric also holds a multidisciplinary certificate in contemporary Latin American Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He is currently completing a PhD at Laval University in economic anthropology and is particularly interested in discourse that addresses themes of poverty and social exclusion. 

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