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Christopher Sands, PhD, Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, is an internationally renowned specialist on Canada and US-Canadian relations. He is also a Senior Research Professor of Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He regularly gives testimony to the U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament, is a widely quoted source on Canadian and has published extensively over a career of more than 25 years in Washington think tanks.

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Christopher Sands, PhD, Director of the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute, is a specialist on Canada, U.S.-Canadian relations, and North American economic integration. He has directed applied policy research programs at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Hudson Institute, and his work has been commissioned by Washington think tanks including the American Enterprise Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, the Migration Policy Institute, and the National Endowment for Democracy. In Canada, Dr. Sands has been a contributor to studies at the C.D. Howe Institute and the Fraser Institute, and he is a board member of the Canada-United States Law Institute, the Institute for Research on Public Policy, and the Macdonald Laurier Institute. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, he taught at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the School of Public Affairs at American University, and in the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University. In 1999-200 he received a Fulbright scholarship to work on his doctoral dissertation at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and in 2019 he was named a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto.  Born and raised in the Detroit area, he lives in Silver Spring with his wife Victoria Corke and their cairn terrier Pip.

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Christopher Sands

Director, Canada Institute