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James Frideres 


James Frideres received his PhD in Sociology from Washington State University; specializing in Ethnic Relations and Social Psychology.  He taught at the University of Manitoba from 1969-1971 before moving to the University of Calgary.  From 1986-95 Dr. Frideres was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary.  He has had several senior administrative appointments including the head of the Department of Sociology, the Associate Vice-President (Academic), the Acting Dean for the Faculty of Graduate Studies for the University of Calgary and the Director of the International Indigenous Studies.  Currently he is the holder of the Chair of Ethnic Studies and the president of the Canadian Sociological Association.  Dr. Frideres has published 14 books and numerous papers in major national and international journals.  His research has focused on Aboriginal people, Ethnic Relations, and Immigration.  He was awarded both the Outstanding Contribution award and the Outstanding Service award by the Canadian Sociology Association and the province of Alberta honoured him with the Alberta Centennial medal for outstanding service to the province.