Faculty Profile

Environmental Studies Faculty

Jeffrey Ayres, PhD

Professor of Political Science
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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, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014) (Series Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy).

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

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Transnational Protest and the New Global Protest Cycle,” with Laura Macdonald, in 
Moisés Arch and Roberta Rice, eds., Protest and Democracy, (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2018). 

 “A Community of Fate? Nonpolarity and North American Security Interdependence,” 
with Laura Macdonald, pp. 114-141 in Christopher Kirkey and Michael Hawes, eds., Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016).

“Civil Society and Canadian and Global Political Economy,” with Laura Macdonald, pp. 
329-342 in Chris Kukucha and Greg Anderson, eds., Global Political Economy, (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016).

“Sustainable Education from Vermont to Wales: Developing a Sense of Place and 
Resiliency through Innovative Interdisciplinary Curriculum,” with Jonathan Silverman, Journal of Sustainability Education 11: (February 2016). 

“Envisioning a Green Energy Future in Canada and the U.S.: Constructing a Sustainable 
Future in the Context of New Regionalisms?” with Laura Stroup and Richard Kujawa, American Review of Canadian Studies 45(3) (2015): 299-314.

“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).
 

Grants:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant, Collaborator, 
“Transnational Civil Society Linkages in North America,” with Laura Macdonald, Christina Gabriel, Hepzibah Muñoz Martínez and Kathleen Staudt, 2018-2023.

Honors and Awards:

Green Impact Award, United Kingdom National Union of Students, 2014-15 
Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, Saint Michael’s College, 2010-11

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 joined Vermont Public Radio‘s Vermont Edition to talk about the results of the recent provincial election in Quebec and what they mean for Canada. Ayres is a Professor of Political Science at Saint Michael's College and an expert on Canadian politics. The introduction to that show explains: “On October 1, the province of Quebec held the general election for its legislative body - the National Assembly of Quebec. The results were historic - a seven-year-old center-right party that campaigned on limits to immigration won the most seats. That makes it the first time since the 1960s that power hasn't been held by either the Liberals or the Parti Quebecois. There are big implications for the larger Canadian political landscape as well. Broadcast on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m. (Posted October 2018)

Jeffrey Ayres, professor of political Science and international relations, and former Dean of the College, has been informed that he will be part of a team of researchers from Canada and the U.S. provided C$290K in funding over the next five years (2018-2023) by an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).  The research project—“Transnational Civil Society Linkages in North America”—will study the evolution and character of civil society domestic and transnational linkages between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico since the early 1990s, focusing on three themes: human rights, migration and labor.  SSHRC, one of the three major federal funding agencies in Canada, supports post-secondary training and research in the humanities and social sciences.  According to the SSHRC website, the Insight program supports and fosters “excellence in social sciences and humanities research intended to deepen, widen and increase our collective understanding of individuals and societies, as well as to inform the search for solutions to societal challenges.” “Within the context of the recent politicization of the North American region by the Trump Administration, which has threatened alternatively to tear up NAFTA, labeled Canada a national security threat, and promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, this grant will support critically an informed analysis of the character of relationships that have developed across the North American region over the past 25 years,” said Jeffrey Ayres.  “My colleagues and I hope to develop a better understanding of the nature of cross-border cooperation and conflict in the areas of human rights, migration flows and labor rights, and ideally contribute to thoughtful public debate on the future of the region.”  (Posted August 2018)

The Associated Press story on the meeting of the New England and Easter Canadian Premiers by reporter Wilson Ring quoted Jeffrey Ayres of the Saint Michael’s political science/international relations faculty. From the start of that story, picked up by papers and broadcast agencies across the U.S.: “Some of the political leaders from the New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian provinces will meet at a Vermont ski resort to talk about issues facing the region and the two countries while a bitter trade dispute simmers between Washington and Ottawa …. Participants of the 42nd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers will discuss regional issues affecting the adjoining regions in the two countries such as energy, the environment and trade. This year’s meeting comes as the U.S., Canada and Mexico are renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trump administration officials have made snarky comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. ‘This is a fairly unprecedented time,” said Jeffrey Ayres, a political science professor at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. He specializes in U.S.-Canadian relations.” Jeff also was quoted in an August 12 report about the meeting by Vermont Public Radio reporter John Dillon. Read VPR story here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/trade-tensions-build-new-england-governors-and-canadian-premiers-stress-regional-ties#stream/0 (Posted August 2018)

Jeffrey Ayres of the Political Science faculty and the former academic Dean, shared this week that he has accepted a request to serve for a three-year term on the Fulbright U.S. Student Screening Committee. The Institute of International Education (IIE) annually conducts scholarship competitions for U.S. graduate students wishing to pursue study, research or professional training abroad under the Fulbright-Hays Program sponsored by the United States Department of State and for other awards offered by foreign governments, universities and private donors. To assist in the selection of candidates, the Institute convenes this National Screening Committee (NSC) that Jeff will serve, comprising area specialists and authorities in various fields to review applications and nominate candidates to the award sponsors. Jeff's concentration will be surrounding proposed graduate studies connected to Canada, since that nation is the main focus of his scholarship. (Posted July 2018)

Five Saint Michael's College students learned in December that they have been awarded scholarships from the Freeman Foundation to participate in two-month professional internships in their specific fields of study in Hong Kong from June 17 to August 11, 2018.  Jeffrey Ayres, former Dean and Professor of Political Science, is the faculty point person overseeing these internships and will be traveling to Hong Kong during the internship period to meet with students and help them network with alumni in the area. “We anticipate applying for another Freeman Foundation international internship grant to support ideally an expanded number of Saint Michael’s students participating in international internships in summer 2019,” Ayres said. “It is a real honor for Saint Michael’s to have been chosen as one of a small number of colleges and universities across the country to receive funding from the Freeman Foundation to support international internships for students in Asia.” The Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) program provides scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. The goal of the program is to increase the number of U.S. citizens with professional experience in and an understanding of Asia, its people, and its cultures. Recipients of the award are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities upon returning in the fall in order to fulfill the program’s goal of encouraging other students to study abroad in Asian countries and increase our overall understanding of Asian cultures.  For more on Ayres visit with Saint Michael’s students in Hong Kong, see: https://www.smcvt.edu/news/2018/august/hong-kong-internships-demanding-but-worth-it.aspx (Posted April 2018)

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