The purpose of the Alberta Institute for American Studies Fellows program is to support the strategic objectives of the Institute while providing support for Fellows research interests.  Combining University of Alberta faculty members and other internationally known researchers, the Fellows program assists in developing national international linkages, disseminates research on American public policy and American studies, and participates in AIAS research and other programming.  Fellows are respected academics and other researchers for whom American public policy or American studies represents a significant portion of their research agenda. 

Karim Jamal

Dr. Jamal is the past Chair of the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee (FASC) which provides scholarly opinion and discussion to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in the U.S., The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).   Dr Jamal’s primary research focus is on understanding how to deal with low probability events: (1) Auditor balancing of fraud versus client satisfaction, (2) Disclosure and its effect on conflict of interest, compensation and discussions with the audit committee, and (3) Persuasion, justification and interpersonal perception in auditing.  Dr Jamal has numerous publications in research and professional journals in accounting, economics and psychology, published in Canada, the US, the UK, Japan and Taiwan. In 2009, the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAA) made Dr Jamal a Fellow of Chartered Accountants (FCA). In 2010, Dr Jamal received the Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought from the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA) and was appointed as Centennial Ambassador for the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (ICAA).

Roxanne Harde

Roxanne Harde is Associate Professor of English, Associate Dean (Research), and a McCalla University Professor at the University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty, where she studies and teaches American literature and culture. She has recently published Reading the Boss: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Works of Bruce Springsteen and has Walking the Line: Country Music Lyricists and American Culture forthcoming, both from Lexington. Her articles have appeared in several journals, including The Lion and the Unicorn, Women’s Writing, Mosaic, Christianity and Literature, Legacy, Studies in Puritan American Spirituality, International Research in Children’s Literature, Jeunesse, and Critique and several edited collections, including American Exceptionalisms, Enterprising Youth, Upon Further Review, and Styling Texts. She has recently become editor of Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature.

Imre Szeman

Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair of Cultural Studies and Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Prior to coming to Alberta in 2009, he worked at McMaster University, where he was Senator William McMaster Chair in Globalization and Culture Studies (2004-2009) and Director of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition (2003-2005).  Szeman is the recipient of the John Polanyi Prize in Literature (2000), the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2003), the Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization (2004), an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2005-7), and the President's Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision at McMaster (2008), among other awards.

Szeman’s main areas of research are in social and cultural theory, globalization and culture, and popular and visual culture. Recent books include Cultural Theory: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2010, co-ed), After Globalization (Blackwell, 2011, with Eric Cazdyn), Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012, co-ed), and the third edition of Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (Nelson, 2012, with Susie O’Brien). Current projects include a book on the cultural politics of oil, an edited collection on energy and culture, and research on the aesthetics and politics of contemporary documentary film.