Hot Topic: U.S. Election Day 2016

Carleton experts are available to discuss the expectations, impact and results of the U.S. Election.

Melissa Haussman
Professor in the
 Department of Political Science

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2768

Haussman is an American who became interested in Canadian-U.S. comparative politics while spending a semester in Quebec during the 1980 referendum.

She is the author, co-author or co-editor of five books, all of which include chapters on the U.S. political system.

Haussman worked as the legislative aide to a Massachusetts state representative in 1984-‘86, and was elected a local town meeting member to vote on local issues in two different Massachusetts towns in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, she took Carleton undergraduate and graduate students to work on the Hillary Clinton presidential primary campaign.

Colin Robertson
Senior Distinguished Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs


Robertson is a senior fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

A career foreign service officer from 1977 to 2010, he served as first head of the Advocacy Secretariat and minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. He was consul general in Los Angeles, with previous assignments as consul and counsellor in Hong Kong and in New York at the United Nations and Consulate General. In his final assignment, he directed a project on Canada-U.S. engagement at Carleton University’s Centre for Trade Policy and Law, with the support of the federal and provincial governments and the private sector.

Ian Lee
Assistant Professor in the Sprott School of Business

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2375 or 613-222-7722

Lee is available to discuss the economic and business consequences of the election. He has appeared multiple times before the House of Commons Finance and Senate banking committees.  He has been in every Government of Canada budget lockup since 2008.   He attended pre-budget consultations with the minister of Finance in 2009 and 2011.

He appears regularly on CBC’s Power and Politics in the On the Money segment with Jim Stanford.

He was employed in the financial services sector as a loan manager in consumer, mortgage and commercial credit for an American multinational and subsequently for the Bank of Montreal in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Elliot Tepper
Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs
and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Security and Defence Studies

Phone: 613-225-8076 or
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Tepper has worked with national and international organizations on a broad range of topics and has been engaged with media throughout his career. He can offer commentary on general topics of international relations, such as nuclear issues, the UN and great power politics; and geopolitical issues such as terrorism.

John Higginbotham
Senior Distinguished Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs

Phone: 613-520-2600, ext. 2924 or 613-325-8806
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Higginbotham has served in senior Canadian diplomatic posts in Washington, D.C., Hong Kong and Beijing, and as an assistant deputy minister in Transport Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS).

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