Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Brian A. Barsky is Professor of Computer Science and Vision Science and Affiliate Professor of Optometry at UC Berkeley. He attended McGill University in Montréal and received a D.C.S. in engineering and a B.Sc. in mathematics and computer science. On numerous occasions, he has supervised Canadian graduate students.
His research interests include computational aesthetics, computational photography, methods for the design and fabrication of contact lenses, computer methods for optometry and ophthalmology, image synthesis, spline curve/surface representations, computer aided geometric design and modeling, CAD/CAM/CIM, interactive and realistic three-dimensional computer graphics, visualization in scientific computing, computer aided cornea modeling and visualization, videokeratography techniques, corneal topographic mapping, medical imaging, virtual environments for surgical simulation, and display technology.
He developed Vision-Realistic Rendering using three-dimensional rendering techniques for the computer generation of synthetic images to simulate the vision of specific individuals based on measuring the wavefront aberrations of their eyes. This led to developing a vision-correcting display to enable specific viewer to see it in sharp focus directly without using any corrective eyewear such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. This was selected by Scientific American as one of 2014's ten "World Changing Ideas."
Department of Physics
Robert. J. Birgeneau is Chancellor Emeritus and the Silverman Professor of Physics, MSE and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley he served as President of the University of Toronto. Prof. Birgeneau grew up and was educated in Toronto up to the level of his B.Sc. and then came to the U.S. (Yale) for his Ph.D. Professor Birgeneau's physics research is primarily concerned with the phases and phase transition behavior of novel states of matter. These include one and two dimensional quantum magnets, two dimensional liquids and solids, liquid crystals, lamellar CuO2 high temperature superconductors, and Fepnictide and chalcogenide superconductors. He uses primarily neutron and x-ray scattering techniques to probe these systems. Some of the neutron scattering experiments are carried out at national facilities located in Canada. He also has an active interest in higher education, most especially in public research universities in the United States and Canada and the public policy thereof. Under his leadership, UC Berkeley became the first university in the United States to offer comprehensive financial aid to undocumented immigrants.
Department of Economics
David Card is the Class of 1950 Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research interests include immigration, wages, education, and health insurance. He co-authored the book Small Differences that Matter: Labor Markets and Income Maintenance in Canada and the United States (1992).
Department of Political Science & Institute of International Studies
Pradeep Chhibber studies the politics of India, political parties and party systems. Chhibber examines party aggregation in great detail in a book written with Ken Kollman published by Princeton University Press in 2004, entitled The Formation of National Party Systems: Federalism and Party Competition in Britain, Canada, India and the United States. This book examines why the United States developed a two party system whereas Canada has many more parties competing for power. The book won the Leon Epstein Award in 2005 for the best book published in the previous two years in the area of political parties and organizations. Dr. Chhibber is Director of the Institute of International Studies.
Department of Political Science
Professor Citrin teaches in the field of political behavior and his research interests include political trust, the foundations of policy preferences, direct democracy, national identity, and ethnic politics, including immigration and language politics. His work primarily concerns American politics but also Western Europe and Canada. Professor Citrin received his B.A. and M.A. from McGill University.
Graburn, Nelson H. (Director Emeritus of Canadian Studies)
Department of Anthropology
Dr. Graburn was educated in Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal. He has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit (and Naskapi) of Canada (and Alaska and Greenland) since 1959. He also held a visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa. Dr. Graburn is Director Emeritus of the Canadian Studies Program; he was the inaugural holder of the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair in Canadian Studies.As Curator of the Hearst Museum, he organized four exhibitions on the Inuit of Canada and Alaska.
UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall
Dr. Greenspan is Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at U.C. Berkeley's School of Law Her research interests are in the criminal justice process, courts, police, probation, and due process. She received her Ph.D. in Berkeley's Jurisprudence and Social Policy program, her M.A. from the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto (now the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies), and her B.A. from Yale University. She also attended Osgoode Hall Law School and McGill University. While a Research Officer at the Law Reform Commission of Canada, she authored working papers on Restitution & Compensation and on Fines.
Department of Anthropology
Dr. Habu recieved her PhD in Anthropology from McGill University in Canada. She was also a part-time faculty lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. She co-authored an article about an excavation of a prehistoric Thule settlement on Somerset Island (Habu, J. and Savelle, J.M. 1994 Construction, use and abandonment of a Thule Eskimo whale bone house, Somerset Island, Arctic Canada. Quaternary Research3(1):1-18. [Japan Association for Quaternary Research]). She is currently the project leader of a transdisciplinary project "Long-term Sustainability through Place-Based, Small-Scale Economies," in which she collaborates with Canadian colleagues to investigate the resilience of past and present societies, including the prehistoric Thule Culture of the Canadian Arctic.
Department of Ethnic Studies
Professor Huhndorf is the author of two books, Going Native: Indians in the American Cultural Imagination (Cornell University Press, 2001) and Mapping the Americas: The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture (Cornell University Press, 2009), and a co-editor of Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (University of British Columbia Press, 2010), winner of the Canadian Women's Studies Association prize for Outstanding Scholarship. Her research and teaching focus on indigenous issues in the U.S. and Canada, including the Arctic regions.
Department of Political Science
Gabriel Lenz's research primarily focuses on voters’ ability to control their elected officials. His aim is to further our understanding of when voters succeed in holding politicians accountable, when they fail, and how to help them avoid failures. Although specializing in American democracy, he also conducts research on Canada.
Energy & Resources Group, The Goldman School of Public Policy & Department of Nuclear Energy
Daniel Kammen is the founding director of RAEL and professor of Energy, with appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, The Goldman School of Public Policy, and the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Kammen directs the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL). During 2010 – 2011 Kammen served as the World Bank Group’s first Chief Technical Specialist for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. He now serves as a Fellow of the U. S. State Department’s Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA).Daniel Kammen is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
Dr. Kammen was also a member of the Canadian National Advisory Panel on Sustainable Energy Science and Technology Strategy, to which he was appointed by the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources from 2005-2006. As a result, in 2006 Kammen co-authored, "Powerful Connections – Priorities and Directions in Energy Science and Technology in Canada. In 2016-17 Kammen will serve Secretary of State John Kerry as a Science Envoy.
Department of Ethnic Studies
Dr. Piatote's research interests fall within Native American literature, history, law and culture; Native American/Aboriginal literature and federal Indian law in the United States and Canada; American literature and cultural studies; Ni:mi:pu: (Nez Perce) language and literature.
Rhodes, Richard A. (2016-2017 Interim Director of Canadian Studies)
Department of Linguistics
Dr. Rhodes work has been centered on topics relating to American Indian languages, particularly those of the Algonquian family, bringing insights gained in fieldwork to bear on typological questions in syntax. He has done extensive fieldwork on the Ottawa dialect of Ojibwe which is spoken primarily in southern Ontario, and on Michif, a language of the Canadian plains consisting of French and Cree elements.
Dr. Rhodes will serve as Interim Director of Canadian Studies for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
UC Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall & the Department of Political Science
Sarah Song is a political theorist with a special interest in democratic theory and issues of citizenship, migration, culture, religion, gender, and race. She has supervised Canadian graduate students, and has participated in roundtable discussions on Canada-related research.