The Department of Transnational Studies


Professor Munroe Eagles Munroe Eagles
Program Director, Canadian Studies
Professor, Political Science
Adjunct Professor, Geography
Office:701 Clemens Hall, Department of Transnational Studies
Phone: (716) 645-8440

Munroe Eagles is a Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he has taught since 1989. He also is an adjunct professor in UB’s Department of Geography. Professor Eagles is a native of Nova Scotia where he earned his B.A. Honours degree in Political Science from Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). He went on to complete an MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at UB, Professor Eagles taught political science for three years at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since arriving at UB, he has also been affiliated as a ‘research scientist’ with the Buffalo site of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA). In addition, he has held several administrative appointments as an Associate Dean since 1996.

Professor Eagles’ primary research interests fall in the areas of political geography and the comparative politics of Anglo-American democracies, especially Canada. Author/editor of seven books and some 40 journal articles and book chapters, his latest book, co-authored with Ken Carty (UBC), is Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled The Constituency Foundations of Canadian Politics. Access his c.v.

Professor Jean-Jacques Thomas Jean-Jacques Thomas
Associate Director, Canadian Studies
Professor, Melodia E. Jones Professor of French
Office: 907 Clemens Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0862


* Diplôme de l’Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Université de Paris-III, 1972
* Doctorat Mention “Très bien”, Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1972
* Maîtrise ès-Lettres Classiques, Université de Lille, France, 1969
* Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures, Université de Lille, 1969
* Étudiant libre, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, 1969

Areas of Specialization

* 19th- and 20th-century French poetry, poetics, linguistics, semiotics, literature and culture, and Francophone Studies of the New World (Canada, Caribbean, Louisiana)

Recent publications

* “Photographic Memories of French Poetry : Denis Roche, Jean-Marie Gleize.” Yale French Studies (Summer 2008).
* “Gleize’s Poetic Pix.” L’Esprit Créateur (Spring 2008).

   Professor Cecil Foster

                                              Department of Transnational Studies

                                              Associate Director of Canadian Studies

                                             732 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Joining UB’s faculty as Professor of Transnational Studies in the Fall of 2013 is Dr. Cecil Foster.  Professor Foster is a Canadian novelist, essayist, journalist, and scholar, and is one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals writing and speaking about that country’s experience with multiculturalism. He has firsthand experience with this subject. He was born in Barbados in 1954 and emigrated to Canada in 1978. He has been a reporter for various newspapers and was editor of Contrast, Canada’s first Black-oriented newspaper, and senior editor for The Financial Post. He has also worked for the CBC in radio and television, amd for the Toronto Globe and Mail.  Professor Foster’s non-fiction books include Distorted Mirror: Canada’s Racist Face (1991); A Place Called Heaven: The Meaning of Being Black in Canada (1996); Island Wings: A Memoir (1998); Where Race Does Not Matter (2005), and Blackness and Modernity: The Colour of Humanity and the Quest for Freedom (2007).  The latter book won the prestigiuos John Porter award from the Canadian Sociological Association for the best scholarly book published in the discipline in Canada that year. His four novels include the highly praised debut No Man in the House (1991) and Sleep On, Beloved (1995), both published by Ballantine in the USA and Random House in Canada; Slammin’ Tar (1998), and Dry Bone Memories (2001). His fifth novel, Independence, will be published by Harper Collins Canada in 2014.  In 2002 Cecil completed his doctorate, an exploration of the concept of Blackness in Canada, at York University. Since then he has been an academic. Prior to joining UB’s faculty, Dr. Foster was Professor of Sociology at the University of Guelph in Ontario.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of African and African-American Studies at the University of Buffalo for the past several years.  In addition to his offereings in Canadian Studies, Professor Foster will teach courses in African and African-American Studies, and in Caribbean Cultural Studies.


Professor Daniel Kolundzic Daniel Kolundzic
Adjunct Instructor, Canadian Studies
Office:  732 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Daniel Kolundzic is an Adjunct Instructor in the Canadian Studies Academic Program. He has earned undergraduate degrees in the sciences and political science/business administration from the University of Western Ontario (London, ON) and Brock University (St. Catharines, ON) respectively.  He also holds an MA in Political Science from Brock University, and has completed all requirements except the dissertation for his doctorate in political science at Boston College (Boston, MA).

Professor Kolundzic has worked for a variety of governmental and private sector organizations on both sides of the border. Until its recent closing (August 2012), he served about 15 years as a Political & Economic Relations Officer at the Canadian Consulate General in Buffalo, where his responsibilities have included (among other things) the border file and academic relations.  He is now Vice-President of Nanos America.  He has previously taught about cross-border relations for UB’s Department of Planning.

Nikita [Nik] Nanos
Research Associate Professor, Canadian Studies Academic Program
Office: 732 Clemens Hall, North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-8440

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Research Associate Professor, SUNY (Buffalo); Contributor, Bloomberg News; Commentator, CBC News; Director of Nanos Research (a market and public opinion research organization), Canada.







Nikita (Nik) Nanos, public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center (2013); research associate professor, State University of New York (Buffalo); editorial advisory board, Journal of Professional Communications, McMaster University Canada; contributor, Bloomberg News and Huffington Post; commentator, CBC-TV “Power and Politics”; chair of Nanos Research (a market and public opinion research organization); former publisher of the Canadian Journal of Marketing Research; former national president of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (the governing body for market and public opinion research in Canada)

Nanos has been a research associate professor at the University at Buffalo since 2008, where he has been conducting a longitudinal bi-national study on Canada-U.S. border, security, and economic issues.

He is a regular contributor and conducts public opinion research for Policy Options, the official magazine of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP). Nanos has also presented his research on a wide variety of topics such as water policy, trade policy, and perceptions of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms for conferences hosted by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. During the last federal election in Canada, he was the official pollster for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, and CTV News. He has among the most respected election research track records in Canada.

He is a fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association and a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada with degrees in history and politics as well as a Master of Business Administration.