Dr. Shannon Risk, associate professor of history at Niagara University, has been named to the executive council of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS).
A longtime member of the association, Dr. Risk joins fellow scholars and policymakers to help shape the future of the organization. ACSUS is multidisciplinary in membership, encouraging historians, economists, political scientists, health experts and others to come together to raise awareness and understanding of the bilateral relationship between the United States and Canada.
ACSUS supports research and academic activity through its publications, conferences and grant programs; promotes the academy through active advocacy and outreach; and positions the community by profiling the scope and diversity of research undertaken by the ACSUS membership in the humanities and social sciences. The organization actively promotes the development of younger scholars to help them map out careers in cross-border relations.
Dr. Risk joined Niagara University in 2009 after earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Maine. She was awarded a Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Fellow Award for the 2008-2009 academic year to study at the University of New Brunswick. She presently teaches an upper-level Canada-U.S. relations course, among others, at Niagara, and organizes the university’s biennial Crossing Borders conference, which encourages students to meet and present their work on binational issues.
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