Dr. Michael Hawes is a professor of political science, a tireless advocate of international education, and a proud alumnus of the Fulbright program. He assumed the leadership of Fulbright Canada in September of 2001 and has had the privilege of directing the program through some very exciting times. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America and Executive Director of Fulbright Canada. Under his direction Fulbright Canada has witnessed dramatic growth in its programs and in the number of students and scholars that the program supports.
Since 1985, he has been a professor of international relations (currently on leave) in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston. He has also taught political risk assessment and cross-cultural negotiation in the Queen's School of Business. During the 1999-2000 academic year Michael was the J. William Fulbright Distinguished Professor of International and Area Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and the John A. Sproul Senior Research Fellow in Canadian Studies. In the Spring of 2010, he was Visiting Research Chair and Professor at the Center for Public Diplomacy in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has also held posts as Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico in Mexico City, Visiting Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of British Columbia, Visiting Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm, Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at Tsukuba University in Japan, and, on several occasions, Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at the International University of Japan in Niigata Japan. Michael was Acting Director of the Centre for International Relations at Queen’s University, Senior Fellow at PARMEC (the Program for the Study of Mexico, the United States, and Canada) at ITAM in Mexico City, Research Associate at Nichi-Bei Ken (the Center for Japan-U.S. Relations) at Kokusai Daigakku, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Socio-Economic Planning at Tsukuba University in Japan.
Michael holds a Ph.D. in political science from York University in Toronto, an M.I.A. in international affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a B.A.H in economics and history from the University of Toronto. He has published widely on foreign policy, political culture, international economic relations, regional integration, and related subjects. He has also sat on a number of national advisory committees and on ministerial advisory boards. He currently chairs the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Studies in International Development at McGill University, is an executive committee member of the Board of Directors at Canada World Youth, is a member of the Digital Skills and Post Secondary Reference Group at the Conference Board of Canada, and a member of the Editorial Board at the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. He also co-convenes the Canada Colloquium Series at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The inaugural colloquium, which focused on combating terrorism at home and abroad, was held at UH Manoa in February 2016. He is also working on a conference and book project on public diplomacy with Professor Nicholas Cull at the Center for Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
His most recent book, with Christopher Kirkey, is Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (Oxford University Press, October 2016). Other recent publications include a special guest edited special issue of the American Review of Canadian Studies (Volume 44(3), 2014) and a guest edited special issue of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Volume 18(1), 2012). Recent speaking engagements include public lectures at Queen's University, McGill, the University of Arizona, University College London, and St Anthony's College Oxford.
On May 14, 2016 Professor Hawes was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the State University of New York, and delivered the commencement address at the SUNY Plattsburgh graduation ceremonies.