AIAS Leadership

Professor Michael O'Driscoll
Interim Director

Michael O'Driscoll, Interim Director of the AIAS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. He is Editor of ESC: English Studies in Canada, and an Executive Member of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English.

O’Driscoll teaches and publishes in the fields of Twentieth-Century American Literature, with a particular emphasis on poetry and poetics, material culture and book history, and critical and cultural theories. He is the Co-Author of A Bibliography of the Black Sparrow Press and Co-Editor of After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory. In 2003 he Co-Edited a special issue of ESC on The Event of the Archive, and continues to research, lecture, and conduct workshops in the fields of “archive theory” and “archive pedagogy.” He has published in journals such as Contemporary Literature, Studies in the Literary Imagination, Mosaic, and Modernism/modernity. He is currently at work on two book projects: A Poetics of the Archive and Margins: The Black Sparrow Press and Contemporary American Poetry.

As Interim Director, O’Driscoll will spend the 2012-13 academic year working with his colleagues and Institute stakeholders to develop a new, exciting, and productive vision for the AIAS. 

Hon. A. Anne McLellan
Distinguished Scholar in Residence

The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C. is Academic Director and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Alberta Institute for American Studies, University of Alberta, where she researches issues concerning the Canada-US relationship and the future of North America. Since July 2006, she has been at the national law firm of Bennett Jones LLP. In addition she serves on the Boards of Directors of several Canadian corporations, the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation and a number of other charitable organizations and NGOs.

From October 1993 to January 2006, Ms. McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre. As Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and the first Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness from December 2003 to January 2006, she chaired the Cabinet’s Operations Committee and Public Health, Security and Emergency Preparedness Committee. She also served as Minister of Health (January 2002 – December 2003), Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (June 1997 – January 2002) and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians (November 1993 – June 1997).

Prior to her political career, Ms. McLellan was a professor of Law at the University of Alberta. She served as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law from July 1991 to June 1992. She was also Associate Dean of the faculty from 1985 to 1987. From 1976 to 1980, Ms. McLellan was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Brunswick.

She holds a BA and LLB from Dalhousie University and an LLM from King’s College, University of London.