Political Science

Samantha Arnold

Samantha ArnoldGlobal Politics/International Relations

Samantha Arnold is an Associate Professor in the Politics Department. She has been affiliated with the York Centre for International and Security Studies for a decade, and is currently an External Associate. She is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba. Samantha Arnold served as the Director of the Institute for Human Rights and Global Studies at the UW's Global College.

Samantha received her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and an MA and PhD in Political Science from York University, Toronto; the major concentration of her doctoral studies was International Relations with a specialised minor in Historical Social Thought. Her dissertation, entitled "Wor(l)d Politics," was nominated for York University's 2004 Dissertation Prize.

Samantha's research adopts a critical theory perspective on Canadian foreign policy, and addresses questions of identity and representation in Canada’s foreign policy practices. Her current research focuses on the northern dimension of Canadian foreign policy, Inuit internationalism, public diplomacy, and circumpolar politics.  As a co-researcher on collaborative projects exploring commercial shipping in the Arctic, her research is supported in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and by ArcticNet.

Recent publications include:

"Constructing an Indigenous Nordicity: the ‘new partnership’ and Canada’s northern agenda, International Studies Perspectives (forthcoming, 2011)

"The 'Men of the North' Redux: Nanook, the Folk, and Canadian National Identity," American Review of Canadian Studies, 40:4 ( December, 2010)

“Construire la nordicité autochtone. Le «nouveau partenariat» et le projet nordique du Canada,” in Lasserre, Frédéric Passages et mers arctiques: Géopolitique d’une région en mutations (Presses de l'Université du Québec, Québec: 2010)

“Home and Away: Public Diplomacy and the Canadian Self,’ in Beier and Whylie (eds.) Canadian Foreign Policy in Critical Perspective (Oxford UP, October 2010)

“Expanding the Canada-US Security Regime to the North?” (with S. Roussel) in Sven Holtsmark and Brooke A. Windsor-Smith (eds.) Security Prospects in the High North: Geostrategic Thaw or Freeze? (Rome, NATO Defence College, 2009)

“Nelvana of the North, Traditional Knowledge, and the Mythical Function of Canadian Foreign Policy,” Canadian Foreign Policy, 14:2 (2008)

“Becoming Undisciplined: Toward the Supradisciplinary Study of Security,” (with J. Marshall Beier), International Studies Review, 7:1 (March 2005)