Patricia Cormack is Full Professor in the Department of Sociology at StFX. She received her PhD in Sociology from York University, specializing in social theory. She researches the place of the Canadian state in everyday life and the state’s role in cultivating nationalism. Her book, written with J. Cosgrave, Desiring Canada: CBC Contests, Hockey Violence, and Other Stately Pleasures, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2013. She has also studied state celebrity at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including the Jian Ghomeshi sexual abuse scandal. With M. Lalancette, Dr. Cormack has investigated the role of political celebrity in the 2015 Canadian federal election. Currently, with the recent federal legalization of cannabis, she is studying the provincial state monopoly of cannabis sales in the province of Nova Scotia.
Yvon Grenier (PhD, Université Laval, 1989) is Professor of Political Science at StFX. He is the author of Culture and the Cuban State: Participation, Recognition, and Dissonance under Communism (2017), Gunshots at the Fiesta?: Literature and Politics in Latin America (2009, with Maarten Van Delden), From Art and Politics: Octavio Paz and the Pursuit of Freedom (2001; Spanish translation with Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004), The Emergence of Insurgency in El Salvador (1999), and Guerre et pouvoir au Salvador (1994). Dr. Grenier edited (a selection of texts and the introduction) a book of political essays by the Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz, entitled Sueño en libertad, escritos políticos (2001), and he received the Essay Award from the Fundación Octavio Paz. Professor Grenier is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, a contributing editor of the magazine Literal, Latin American Voices, and a board member of the Journal of Conflict Studies as well as Cuban Studies/Estudios Cubanos. He is a regular political commentator for Radio Canada. His current project examines Canadian foreign policy toward Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela, with a focus on human rights and the promotion of democratic values.