David Rossiter, Director
David Rossiter is an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies. A broadly-trained human geographer with interests in cultural, historical, and political sub-fields, Rossiter received his PhD in Geography from York University in 2005. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Editor of the American Review of Canadian Studies. Dr. Rossiter’s primary research focus is on the historical construction of settler geographies in western North America, with several projects investigating the intersection of industrial resource spaces and indigenous geographies in British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest. Prompted by personal experience, he has also written on the topic of academic mobility across the Canada-US border. Presently, he is studying historical geographies of nature and recreation in the mountainous North Shore region of Vancouver, BC.
Natalie JK Baloy, Assistant Director
Natalie is the Assistant Director of Canada House Programs, which includes the Border Policy Research Institute, the Center for Canadian-American Studies, and the Salish Sea Institute. She is committed to facilitating place-based learning and connecting across borders and boundaries. Originally from Ohio, Natalie has lived on the Pacific Coast for over ten years. She completed her Masters and PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and she lived on Orcas Island while writing her dissertation. From 2014-2016, she moved to California for a postdoctoral fellowship with the UC Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California, and she continues to engage in research and teaching related to ethics, colonialism and its ongoing impacts, and regional history and politics.
Ruth Musonda, Program Assistant
Having grown up in a coastal California town, Ruth has always felt most at home near the Pacific Ocean and its connected waterways. She studied, worked and played in Vancouver, BC for eight years, and during part of that time she earned a Master’s degree at Regent College. She now enjoys joining her administrative and organizational skills with her deep love for the Salish Sea region. When she isn’t busy helping organize the programs at Canada House – the Salish Sea Institute, the Border Policy Research Institute and the Center for Canadian-American Studies – she enjoys swimming, biking and running the lakes, roads and trails in Bellingham, WA and BC’s Lower Mainland. Her favorite place on the Salish Sea is Jericho Beach in Vancouver, BC.