Faculty Profile

Global Studies Faculty

Jeffrey Ayres, PhD

Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College
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B.A. University of Virginia
M.A. and Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Areas of Expertise:

Globalization, Global and Regional Governance, International Relations, Social Movements and Contentious Politics, Canadian and North American Politics

Courses I Teach:

  • Globalization and Resistance
  • Global Governance
  • Global Problems
  • International Relations
  • Politics of the World Economy
  • Social Movements and Contentious Politics
  • U.S. Foreign Policy

Recent Publications:

Books:

Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food, with Peter Andrée, Michael Bosia and Marie-Josée Massicotte, co-editors, University of Toronto Press (Series in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, 2014).

North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Political Economic Turbulence, with Laura Macdonald, co-editor, University of Toronto Press (Series in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, 2012).

Contentious Politics in North America: National Protest and Transnational Collaboration under Continental Integration, with Laura Macdonald co-editor, (London: Palgrave-Macmillan, International Political Economy Series, 2009).

Articles:

“Introduction: North America in Question,” with Laura Macdonald, in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“Introduction: North America in Question,” with Laura Macdonald, in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“Democratic Deficits: the Role of Civil Society,” with Laura Macdonald, in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura Macdonald, eds., North America in Question: Regional Integration in an Era of Economic Turbulence (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“The Limits of Power and Protest: Civil Society Mobilization against North American Integration,” pp. 75-90 in Thomas Olesen, ed. Power and Global Activism (London: Routledge: 2010).

“From ‘Anti-Globalization’ to the Global Justice Movement: Framing Collective Action Against Neoliberalism,” pp. 9-28 in Bruce Podobnik and Thomas Reifer (eds.) Transforming Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2009).

“Bridging Global Summits and Local Markets: Food Sovereignty as Localized Resistance to Globalization,” with Michael Bosia, Globalizations 8(1) (February 2011): 47-63.

Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, Saint Michael’s College, 2010-11

Fulbright Research Chair in North American Studies, 2003-04

Life Off Campus

My hobbies include winter hiking, snowshoeing and downhill skiing; surf-fishing and sea kayaking; traveling across the U.S., Canada and Europe, and attending a few Phish concerts annually.  I live in Winooski, Vermont, the so-called “Brooklyn of Burlington” and enjoy the many foodie restaurants, farmer’s markets and coffee houses in the greater Burlington area, as well as the phenomenal four-season recreational opportunities available from Lake Champlain to the Green Mountains.

Listen to recent interviews with Professor Ayres.

Jeffrey Ayres, dean of the college and professor of political science, traveled with 16 students from his Canadian politics course and University of Vermont History Professor David Massell and 20 of his students from Thursday-Saturday, October 27-29, to Ottawa for the annual academic study trip to Canada.  On this study trip students met members of Parliament from different federal political parties and dined in the parliamentary dining room, hosted by federal Quebec Liberal MP Denis Paradis, whose Quebec riding of Brome-Missisquoi borders Vermont.  Students also attended Question Period for an opportunity to watch the governing Liberals defend their record against the opposition, and toured Parliament including the House of Commons and the Senate.  The study trip also emphasized the importance of Canadian culture to ongoing national identity discussions as Canada approaches its 150th anniversary next year, with students viewing Canadian art at the Ottawa Art Gallery and receiving lessons and competing in the popular sport of curling.  Students also interviewed Canadians regarding their opinions of the upcoming U.S. presidential election and produced a short documentary video of the exchanges.  The annual fieldtrip is a collaborative tradition dating back over 15 years between Saint Michael’s and the University of Vermont, designed to give students from both schools first-hand exposure to Canadian politics, culture and society.
(posted November 2016)

Laura Stroup, assistant professor of environmental studies, Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, and Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College, recently published the article “ Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the United States: Constructing a Sustainable Future in the Context of New Regionalisms?” in American Review of Canadian Studies, Volume 45,  Issue 3, 2015: Special Issue:   The “Nature” of Canadian Studies in the United States.

(posted January 2016)

Jonathan Silverman, professor of education, and  Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College, took  11 students to Wales this past summer as part of their course “Environmental Study of Sustainable Places,” helping earning the University of Wales a presitigious “Green Gown” award for the work on which they collaborated.

(posted January 2016)

Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College, earlier this year published two co-authored book chapters: “Civil Society and Canadian and Global Political Economy,” with Laura Macdonald, pp. 329-342  in Chris Kukucha and Greg Anderson, eds., International Political Economy, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2015); and,  “Is North America Unravelling?  Transformations of Regionalism in North America,” with Laura Macdonald, pp. 179-199 in Soren Dosenrode ed., Limits to Regional Integration, (Surrey, UK: Ashgate, 2015).
(posted January 2016)

Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and dean of the College; Laura Stroup, assistant professor of environmental studies;  and Richard Kujawa, professor of geography, Economics Department chair and human geography minor coordinator, have had the following paper accepted for publication: “Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the United States” in a Special Issue of American Review of Canadian Studies on the Place of Nature in Canadian Studies in the U.S.  The paper is slated for volume 45.3 (Fall 2015).
(posted April 2015)

Jeffrey Ayres, dean of the college and professor of political science, in late January offered his scholarly expertise about Canada for a segment broadcast on Vermont Public Radio about the political economics behind the rapidly devaluing Canadian dollar. (posted April 2015)

Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political science and Dean of the College, is co-editor of a new book: Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food, part of the Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, March 2014.

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