Michael Hart, one of Canada's leading scholars on trade policy, has been named the Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Chair in Canada-U.S. relations. Hart, the Simon Reisman Professor of Trade Policy in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) at Carleton University, will take up his five month position at the Wilson Center next January.

"Professor Hart is recognized internationally for his work in the area of Canada-U.S. trade policy," said Michael K. Hawes, executive director of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. "It gives me great pleasure to welcome Professor Hart to the distinguished community of Canada-U.S. Fulbright scholars."

As the holder of the Fulbright-Wilson Center Chair, Hart will explore "the challenge of governing ever-deepening bilateral integration and growing interdependence between Canada and the United States." Hart's research will identify ways in which better rules, procedures, and institutions might be developed to manage the complex relationship between the two countries. Professor Hart will spend the full academic year in Washington exploring the prospects for strengthening Canada-U.S. institutions for managing deepening integration and interdependence. He has also accepted an invitation from the Center for North American Studies at American University to spend the fall 2004 term with them as a scholar in residence.

Professor Hart first joined the faculty at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton in 1989 as a visiting professor on loan from the federal government. He retained his association with the school as an adjunct professor upon his return to government in 1990 but returned in 1995 as a member of the faculty. He was named Reisman Professor in 2000. He is the founding director of the Center for Trade Policy and Law at Carleton, which is devoted to research and teaching in trade policy. In addition to Hart's prolific academic writing, as a former official in Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade he provided strategic advice in the Canada-U.S. free trade negotiations, the North American free trade negotiations, and various GATT, textile, commodity, and air transport negotiations.

"We will be honored to welcome Michael Hart to the Wilson Center next winter. Professor Hart's experience and knowledge will help us investigate important questions in Canada-U.S. relations," said David N. Biette, director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute. "Of particular interest to us is his policy-oriented approach to the relationship and his desire to explore better institutional and policy means to bridging differences between the two countries."

The Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Chair was established in 2002 to foster collaboration between prominent Canadian scholars and the full spectrum of individuals concerned with policy and scholarship affiliated with the Wilson Center. Since that time, two Canadians have occupied the Fulbright-Woodrow Wilson Center Chair, including Charles-Philippe David of the Université du Québec à Montréal and, currently, Reginald Stuart of Mount Saint Vincent University.

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.