Politics professor earns grant to enhance Canadian studies at Willamette

Associate Professor of politics Sammy Basu was recently awarded a 2010-11 Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant in the amount of $5000 from the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The grant marks Basu's fifth consecutive award from the Canadian Embassy, and will fund lectures, events and opportunities for faculty and students to travel to Canada for firsthand experience. It was designed to encourage Canadian studies at the university level, and to expand the multidisciplinary scope of the field.

Last year, Basu's College Colloquium class took advantage of the grant as they traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, to explore the core concerns of the embassy: Canada-U.S. relations, Canada's role in international affairs and Canadian social, economic, political, security and quality of life issues.

Basu earned his PhD in politics from Princeton University and has been a member of the Willamette politics department since 1990. He teaches an array of courses, from "History of Western Political Philosophy" to "Writing Political Humor." He also has taught a College Colloquium entitled "Oh Canada!"