Donald K. Alper is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies and the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. A native of California, he holds a Ph.D. in political science from The University of British Columbia. Dr. Alper's research interests focus on Canadian politics and British Columbia-U.S. transboundary issues. His research has appeared in Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Public Policy-Analyse de Politiques, Journal of Borderlands Studies, The American Review of Canadian Studies, Social Science Journal, B.C. Studies and other journals and books. Dr. Alper was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium and was elected president of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) for a two-year term, 1999-2001. He was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the International Council of Canadian Studies in 2007 and the Donner Medal by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, also in 2007.