Godfrey Baldacchino

Godfrey Baldacchino is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta. He served as the UNESCO co-Chair, and Canada Research Chair in Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), Canada, between 2003 and 2020. He is founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal and since 2018 founding Executive Editor of Small States & Territories journal. He has (co-)authored and (co-)written numerous books including Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, Extreme Heritage Management, Lessons from the Political Economy of Small Islands, Pulling Strings: Policy Insights for Prince Edward Island from other Sub-National Island Jurisdictions, The Routledge International Handbook of Island Studies, and A World of Islands

Laurie Brinklow

Dr. Laurie Brinklow teaches in the Master of Arts in Island Studies program at the University of Prince Edward Island and is currently serving as interim coordinator of the program. She is particularly interested in the power of place and story, and their impact on island identity. She is the author of Here for the Music (Acorn 2012) and My island’s the house I sleep in at night (ISP, 2020). She is also the is a co-editor of From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience.

Marian Bruce

Marian Bruce, a former journalist, is the author of six books and editor/ghostwriter of many others. Her latest book, Listening for the Dead Bells was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award in 2020. Her book on farm horses, Remembering Old Dan, won the PEI Book of the Year Award for non-fiction in 2012. A descendant of 19th-century immigrants from the Isle of Skye, she grew up in a community influenced by Highland customs, beliefs, music, and supernatural tales. After decades of working in cities across Canada, she now lives in High Bank, in the farmhouse where she was born and raised. Other Island Studies Press books include A Century of Excellence; Pets, Professors, and Politicians; and Working Together.

Hung-Min Chiang

Hung-Min Chiang received his PhD from Brandeis University, where he studied and worked with renowned psychologist Abraham H. Maslow. Together they co-edited: The Healthy Personality: Readings. Dr. Chiang is also the award-winning author of Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World and Home Is Where the Water Is. Dr. Chiang taught Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island for many years. A humanist at heart, he is remembered fondly by his students as a dedicated, highly original, and inspiring professor with a self-deprecating sense of humour.

Leonard Cusack

Leonard Cusack graduated from St. Dunstan’s University in 1969and has a Master of Arts degree in Canadian History from the University of New Brunswick. During his career, Leonard was a high school teacher and principal, a public servant, and a sessional lecturer in history at the University of Prince Edward Island.  His books include: Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan’s University 1950-1969 (forthcoming 2022), A Magnificent Gift Declined: The Dalton Sanatorium of Prince Edward Island 1913-1923; A Party for Progress: The P.E.I. Progressive Conservative Party 1770-2000; and Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016. Now retired, Leonard and his wife Catherine, reside in the beautiful community of Emyvale.

Katherine Dewar

Concerned that the stories of PEI women were missing from the historiography of the province, Katherine Dewar set out to redress that wrong. We’ll Meet Again is the third in a series of two award-winning books, Those Splendid Girls and Called to Serve, which chronicle the lives of the military women of PEI.  As well, she prepared a genealogy of her family, and co-authored with Wayne Wright the book This Caring Place, the history of the Prince County Hospital and School of Nursing. Dewar has been honoured by the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the PEI Community Museum’s Association, the City of Summerside, and the Canadian Nurse’s Association for her contributions in recording PEI women’s history.

Mo Duffy Cobb

Mo Duffy Cobb is a freelance writer, editor and the author of Unpacked: from PEI to Palawan (Pottersfield Press, 2017). She has been featured in Montreal WritesWrite Magazine, Literary Mama, and has published reviews in The Malahat ReviewArts East, and The East Mag. Duffy Cobb holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and she is the Founder and Editor of Cargo Literarya digital imprint that publishes transformational travel experiences. She lives in beautiful Prince Edward Island, where she is the executive director of the PEI Writers’ Guild and the artistic director of the Wild Threads Literary Festival.
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John Cousins

An accomplished storyteller, John Cousins taught history at Westisle High School, and Island Folklore and Folksongs at UPEI for many years. Now retired from teaching, he recently completed a history of New London Bay, New London: The Lost Dream, which was published by Island Studies Press in 2016. 

In 2018, John Cousins was awarded the Folklore Studies Association of Canada’s prestigious Marius Barbeau Medal in recognition of remarkable individual contributions to folklore and ethnology through teaching, research, and communication.

Rosemary Curley

Rosemary Curley, MSc, is a retired wildlife biologist and the president of Nature PEI. She is one of the authors of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters.

Pierre-Yves Daoust

Pierre-Yves Daoust, DVM, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Anatomic Pathology and Wildlife Pathology at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, and former coordinator of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative for the Atlantic region. He is one of the authors of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters.

Michelle Evason

Dr. Michelle Evason was an associate professor in small animal internal medicine at the Atlantic Veterinary College before becoming an independent medical and nutrition consultant. She has a range of clinical research interests, some of which include infectious disease, antimicrobial stewardship, nutrition, and veterinary (and pet-owner) knowledge, attitudes and perceptions surrounding these topics. She is the author of Tick-borne Diseases in Dogs: A Canadian Perspective.

Ryan Gibson

Ryan Gibson is the Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. In 2015, Ryan was elected President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, a national organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and
environmental conditions. Ryan is a co-editor of From Black Horses to White Steeds: Building Community Resilience.

Linyuan Guo-Brennan

Linyuan Guo-Brennan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education. Her forthcoming textbook is Education for Global Citizenship and Sustainability: A Practical Guide for Educators (Fall 2022). As UPEI is the only Canadian institution that has made global citizenship education mandatory for teacher candidates, this textbook signifies UPEI’s leadership in preparing globally competent educators for the 21st century. The book will be supplemented with activities and resources that help teachers form global educator identity, connect global concepts with curriculum and age-appropriate pedagogy, and feel inspired to take professional actions in various settings and contexts.

Jane Ledwell

Jane Ledwell is a writer and editor who lives in Charlottetown. She has published three collections of poetry, Return of the Wild Goose, Bird Calls: The Island Responds, and Last Tomato. She also co-authored Elaine Harrison: I Am an Island That Dreams and co-edited two books of academic writing about L. M. Montgomery. Jane currently serves as executive director of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Earle Lockerby

Earle Lockerby specializes in 18th-century maritime history, particularly that of PEI. He is the co-author of Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island, Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré, which was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award for scholarly writing. He is also the author of Deportation of the Prince Edward Island Acadians. Earle splits his time between Sandford, Ontario, and Darnley, PEI.

Ed MacDonald

Dr. Edward MacDonald teaches in the History Department at UPEI. His research focus is the social, cultural, and environmental history of Prince Edward Island. Along with Josh MacFadyen and Irene Novaczek, he is co-editor of Time and A Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, co-published by Island Studies Press and McGill-Queen’s University Press. The best known of his seven books is If You’re Stronghearted: Prince Edward Island in the 20th Century (October 2000).

Josh MacFadyen

Josh is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. His most recent monograph is titled Flax Americana: A History of the Fibre and Oil that Covered a Continent. He also published an edited collection in the same series titled Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island (McGill-Queens and Island Studies Press, 2016).

Lori Mayne

Lori Mayne grew up in Emerald, PEI, and first explored her fascination with writing and research at school in nearby Kinkora. After a career in journalism, she now teaches writing at UPEI and writes, edits, and researches on a freelance basis. Her research and editing work has appeared in Owen Connolly: The Making of a Legacy 1820-2016, and is forthcoming in Caught in a Changing Society: St. Dunstan’s University 1950-1969 (May 2022). She also collaborated with Mo Duffy Cobb on The Chemistry of Innovation: Regis Duffy and the Story of DCL. In 2012, one of her personal essays won the Island Literary Award for creative non-fiction.  

Donald McAlpine

Donald F. McAlpine, PhD, is Research Curator of Zoology and Head of the Department of Natural History at the New Brunswick Museum and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick. He is one of the authors of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters.

J. Dan McAskill 

J. Dan McAskill is a retired forest manager (PEI Forests, Fish and Wildlife Division), wildlife biologist, and the editor of Island Naturalist. He is one of the authors of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters.

Malcolm Murray

Apart from being a playwright, Malcolm Murray is also a fiction writer and philosopher. His produced plays include “Art of Posing” (2014), “The Abettor” (2013), “The Philosopher” (2012), and “Chop Wood, Carry Water” (2008), which are included in his book of one-act plays called The Philosopher. He is also the author of five philosophy books including Morals and Consent (2017). Malcolm lives with his wife, a cat, a dog, and recently, though less agreeably, a raccoon. He teaches Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island.

James Randall

JAMES (JIM) RANDALL is a professor emeritus at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, where he was the coordinator of the Island Studies program, led the Institute of Island Studies, and held the UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability. A geographer by training, Jim developed a love of Island Studies later in his career. His research spans many aspects of this interdisciplinary field, with a special interest in development, quality-of-life, and islander-newcomer relationships on small islands. His textbook, An Introduction to Island Studies was co-published with Rowman & Littlefield.

Kimberly Riehl

Kimberly Riehl, MSc, is a research assistant with CetAsia Research Group and a resource management officer with Parks Canada. She is one of the authors of Mammals of Prince Edward Island and Adjacent Marine Waters.

JoDee Samuelson

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, filmmaker and artist JoDee Samuelson has lived on the beautiful South Shore of Prince Edward Island for the past thirty years. Her animated films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning numerous awards for this Island filmmaker. She is a member of the Canoe Cove Women’s Institute, a wood carver, painter, gardener, and a baker of delicious bread. The Cove Journal is a collection of her writings in the local arts newspaper, The Buzz, over seven years and presents a portrait of life along the south shore.

Doug Sobey

Doug Sobey’s research on the present forests of PEI and their past history has been published in Canadian journals, The Island Magazine, and PEI government publications. He is the recipient of the J. Angus MacLean Award from the Island Nature Trust, and the Natural Heritage Activity Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. He lives in Bedeque, PEI for half of the year and winters in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of Samuel Holland: His Work and Legacy on Prince Edward Island.

Sean Wiebe

Sean Wiebe is a professor of education at the University of Prince Edward Island, teaching courses in language and literacy, curriculum theory, and global issues. His research explores issues in writing pedagogy, autobiography, teacher narratives, and arts-based methodologies. He is a poet, philosopher, parent, and provocateur. He is a co-author (with Lori Gard) of Inside the Classroom: Stories of Curriculum and Creativity.

Wayne Wright

Wayne is a cartoonist who sketched daily cartoons for the Summerside newspaper The Journal Pioneer for forty years. He is the author of Still Crazy After all These Years and Who’s Who on PEI.