Canadian Studies History student Gee receives prestigious Fulbright Award

University of Maine Ph.D. student Robert Gee has received a Fulbright Award to conduct research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is spending nine months at Dalhousie researching a project titled “Tangled Trawls: International Natural Resource Management in the Northwest Atlantic Fishery.”

As a Fulbright student, Gee will study the marine resource areas of the Northwest Atlantic and its international collection of user groups, to examine efforts to manage fisheries in the late19th and early 20th centuries through scientific inquiry, market manipulation and the development and enforcement of regulatory institutions at the local, state, provincial, national and international levels.

“It is with a great deal of pleasure that I welcome Mr. Robert Gee to the distinguished group of Canada-U.S. Fulbright Students,” says Michael Hawes, executive director of Fulbright Canada ( “Mr. Gee’s research is important and timely, and his study will offer unique and critical insight into the marine resource management. His work will have far-reaching consequences that stretch across our shared border, and beyond.”

Gee holds a master’s in U.S. History from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in English and American Studies from Colby College. He is now working towards his Ph.D. in history focusing on environmental and international history and resource management. He has amassed a number of publications and conference presentations, and has held numerous teaching and research positions at UMaine, Southern New Hampshire University, Beal College and Hesser College.

The Fulbright is a prestigious international award for graduate students, as applicants are selected from throughout North America.  Previous UMaine Canadian Studies graduate students receiving this award include:

(2008) Shannon Risk, Host: University of New Brunswick, Project Title: “’In Order to Establish Justice’ – Woman Suffrage in 19th Century Maine and New Brunswick”

(2007) Magaret Cruikshank,  host: University of Victoria, Field: Women’s Studies

(2006) Paul Buck II, Host: Universitè Laval, Project Title: “Otherness in Quèbec’s Canadian History Textbooks: 1950-2004: Mirrors of a Dynamic Identity”

(2002) Hans Carlson, Host: University of Ottawa, Project Title: “And the Waters Shall Taste of Earth: Nature, Culture and the Development of Eastern James Bay” and (2002) Laura Detre, Host: University of Alberta, Project Title: “Immigration Propaganda and the Canadian Governmentís Policy for Prairie Development, 1880 to 1940”

(2001) Joshua Smith, Host: University of Ottawa. Project Title: “The Rogues of Quoddy: Smuggling in the Maine-New Brunswick Borderlands, 1783-1820”