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Richard Nimijean

Instructor III

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Concordia)
Office:1210 Dunton Tower


Richard began teaching in the School of Canadian Studies in 1999. Educated in Political Science and Public Policy, he has researched, written, and taught in the areas of Canadian Studies, Canadian politics and public policy, regional innovation systems, science and technology policy, and scholarly communication.

Richard has received two Professional Achievement Awards (Instructor) from Carleton University (2008-09 and 2018). He was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Center for the Study of Canada, The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh (April 2013). He received an Erasmus+ Teaching Mobility Certificate to give a series of presentations at the Alexandra Ioan Cuza University of Iași (Romania) (April 24-28, 2017).  Richard was a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and American Studies, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic) in 2020-21.

Richard is very active in the Canadian Studies community, participating in activities sponsored by the International Council of Canadian Studies, the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, the British Association of Canadian Studies, the Mexican Association of Canadian Studies, and Global Affairs Canada. He has delivered talks on Canadian Studies across Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

He previously served as the School’s Undergraduate Supervisor (2003-07; 2009-10; 2011-13; and 2021-23) and was the Assistant Dean (Recruitment and First-Year Programs) in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (2009-14).

Research Interests

Richard’s research interests focus on national identity and the branding of Canada, the relationship between Canada’s role as a global actor and the Canadian identity, and the politics of the brand state. Current research and writing projects include:

  • Cross-border perspectives on Canada-US relations
  • Global issues from a Canadian perspective

2023-24 Courses

  • CDNS 1001 Introduction to the Study of Canada
  • CDNS 2001 Canada and the World
  • CDNS 3620 Canada-US Relations



Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Nimijean, Richard. 2022. “Spatial Dislocation and Canadian Studies, or Thinking About Canada 6000 Kilometres from Home.” In The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad, edited by Christopher Kirkey and Richard Nimijean, 167-204. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Kirkey, Christopher, and Richard Nimijean. 2022. “Spatial Dislocation, Canadian Expats, and National Identity.” In The Construction of Canadian Identity from Abroad, edited by Christopher Kirkey and Richard Nimijean, 3-22. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. 2021. “Divided in a Dangerous World.” In Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World: Canada Among Nations 2020, edited by David Carment and Richard Nimijean, 3-21. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Marland, Alex, and Richard Nimijean. 2021. “Rebranding Brand Trudeau.” In Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World: Canada Among Nations 2020, edited by David Carment and Richard Nimijean, 55-76. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Nimijean, Richard, David Carment, and Sydney Stewart. 2021. “Will Canada Forge its Own Path in a Turbulent World?” In Political Turmoil in a Tumultuous World: Canada Among Nations 2020, edited by David Carment and Richard Nimijean, 319-334. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Carment, David, and Richard Nimijean. 2020. “Assessing Canada’s Liberal Internationalism: Where is Canada Headed on the Global Stage?” In Canadian Political, Social and Historical (Re)visions in 20th and 21st Centuries, edited by Marcin Gabryś, Magdalena Marczuk-Karbownik and Magdalena Paluszkiewicz-Misiaczek, 13-44. Berlin: Peter Lang.
  • “Where is the Relationship Going? The View from Canada.” In Canada-US Relations: Sovereignty or Shared Institutions?, edited by David Carment and Christopher Sands. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
  • “Introduction: Is Canada Back? Brand Canada in a Turbulent World.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 24:2 (2018):127-138.
  • “Migrant Spirit Contested: Competing Visions of Canada’s National Identity in the 2015 Federal Election.” TransCanadiana 9 (2017): 335-352.
  • “Marketing the Maple Leaf: The Curious Case of National Flag of Canada Day. In Celebrating Canada. Volume I: National Holidays and the Evolving Contours of Canadian Identity, eds. Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016 forthcoming (co-authored with L. Pauline Rankin).
  • “A Passport to Identity: The Decline of Duality and the Symbolic Appropriation of Québec.” Etudes canadiennes / Canadian Studies , n° 78 (2015): 25-48. (Co-authored with Anne Trépanier).
  • “Introduction,” (with Anne Trépanier), special issue of the International Journal of Canadian Studies vol. 50 (2014) on “Where is Québec in Canadian Studies / La place du Québec dans les études canadiennes”: 5-13.
  • Domestic Brand Politics and the Modern Publicity State.” In Publicity and the Canadian State, ed. Kirsten Kozolanka. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014, pp. 172-194.
  • “Harper’s Axe Hits Canadian Studies Abroad: The End of the Understanding Canada Program Reflects Changing Foreign Policy Priorities,” Inroads 32 (Winter 2013): 14-18.
  • “Rebranding the Oil Sands,” Inroads vol. 29 (Fall/Winter 2011): 76-85.
  • “The Resurgence of Can-Am Liberalism: A Study in Ambiguity.” CanadaWatch (Spring 2009).
  • “Can Movements ‘Move’ Online? Online Activism, Canadian Women’s Movements and the case of PAR-L.” In Mobilizations and Engagements: Social Movements in Canada, eds. Marie Hammond Callaghan and Matthew Hayday. Black Point: Fernwood, 2008, pp. 62-80 (co-authored with L. Pauline Rankin).
  • “Canadian Studies and the Harper Foreign Policy Agenda.” Inroads vol. 22 (Winter/Spring 2008): 23-27.
  • “The Ongoing Crisis of Canadian Studies.” CanadaWatch (Fall 2007): 14-16.
  • “Brand Canada: The Brand State and the Decline of the Liberal Party.” Inroads vol. 19 (May 2006): 84-93.
  • “The Politics of Branding Canada: The International – Domestic Nexus and the Rethinking of Canada’s Place in the World.” Mexican Journal of Canadian Studies (vol. 11, 2006).
  • “Articulating the “Canadian Way”: Canada™ and the Political Manipulation of the Canadian Identity.” British Journal of Canadian Studies (vol. 18:1, 2005): 26-52.
  • “The Paradoxical Nature of the Canadian Identity.” Teaching Canada, vol. 23 (February 2005): 25-31.
  • “From Analysis to the Formulation of Policy Options: Lessons from Two Surveys of the Regional Innovation System of the Estrie Region of Quebec.” In Innovation, Institutions and Territory: Regional Innovation Systems in Canada, eds. J. Adam Holbrook and David A. Wolfe. Kingston: Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, 2000, pp. 127-138 (co-authored with Réjean Landry).
  • “Saint John, New Brunswick as an Emerging Local System of Innovation.” In Local and Regional Systems of Innovation, eds. John de la Mothe and Gilles Paquet. Boston: Kluwer, 1998, pp. 277-302.
  •  “And What About Students? The Forgotten Role of Students in the Scholarly Communication Debate.” Canadian Journal of Communications, Vol. 22, No. 3/4 (Summer/Autumn 1997): 179-196.
  • “Global Economic Restructuring and the Evolution of Canadian Federalism and Constitutionalism.” In New Trends in Canadian Federalism, eds. Miriam Smith and François Rocher. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1995, pp. 211-233 (co-authored with François Rocher).

Graduate Supervisions

  • Sarah Murphy (M.A. Research Essay). “Drumming into the Heart of Nova Scotia: An Exploration of Peninsular Culture and Branding.” Submitted April 2009. Co-supervised with Peter Hodgins.
  • Robert Hilton (M.A. Thesis). Building Political Capital: The Politics of ‘Need’ in the Federal Government’s Municipal Infrastructure Programs, 1993-2006. Defended April 17, 2007. Awarded distinction. Co-supervised with Christopher Stoney.
  • Andrea Clark-Grignon (M.A. Research Essay). “International Education and the Demand for Global Citizens: The Case of Carleton University.” Submitted April 2007. Co-supervised with L. Pauline Rankin.
  • Lindsay de Leeuw (M.A. Research Essay). “From Mounties to Mukluks: Uncovering the Motives and Implications of Branding a Stereotypical Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.” Submitted April 2007. Co-supervised with Peter Hodgins.
  •  Wayne Saunders (M.A. Thesis). Recent State Promotion of the Canadian Aerospace Industry: A Case of Reactive or Anticipatory Public Policy? Defended April 17, 2003. Co-supervised with François Rocher.
  • Mary Pinkoski (M.A. Thesis). From Pots and Pans to Guns and Bombs: Women and Direct Action. Defended January 7, 2003. Co-supervised with L. Pauline Rankin.
  • Rebecca Mosher (M.A. Research Essay). “The Evolution of a Pro-Canada Nationalist Organization to a Transnational Social Movement Organization: The Case of the Council of Canadians.” Successfully completed S 2002. Co-supervised with L. Pauline Rankin.

Undergraduate Supervisions

  • Madeleine Lawler (PAPM 4908). “The Under-representation of the Québec English-speaking Community in the Quebec Provincial Civil Service.” (F/W 2019-20).
  • Stephanie Ryan (PAPM 4908). “Why are Canadians Reluctant to Accept the Changing Face of the Canadian Military? A Critical Analysis of National Identity and Peacekeeping.” (F/W 2006-07).
  • Nadine Wyatt (PAPM 4908). The Persistent Myths of Canadian Internationalism: An In-depth Examination into the Rhetoric-Reality Gap in Canadian Foreign Policy (F/W 2004-05).
  • Justin Henry (DIST 4908) Canada’s Northern Foreign Policy (F/W 2004-05).