Dr. Donald Alper

Professor Emeritus (1971-2015)

Ph.D., Political Science, University of British Columbia
B.A., M.A., Political Science, California State University, Long Beach

(360) 650-3728

Office:CA 203

In September 2015 Professor Emeritus Donald K. Alper, who retired after 43 years at Western, received the Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award, for his service as director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies and founder and director of the Border Policy Research Institute. 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles and Edited Volumes

  • Alper, D. and B. Hammond. 2011. "Bordered Perspectives: Local Stakeholders' Views of Border Management in the Cascade Corridor Region." Journal of Borderlands Studies, 26(1): 101-114.
  • Salazar, D. and D. Alper. 2011. "Justice and Environmentalisms in the British Columbia and US Pacific Northwest Environmental Movements." Society and Natural Resources: An International Journal. 24(8): 767-784.
  • Alper, D. 2010. "Transboundary Environmental Governance in the Pacific West." Ch. 9 in Barry Rabe and Stephen Brooks (Eds), Environmental Governance on the 49th Parallel: New Century, New Approaches. Washington , DC: Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Canada Institute Occasional Papers Series, (February): 133-151.
  • Alper, D. and J. Loucky. "Canada-U.S. Border Securitization: Implications for Binational Cooperation," Canadian-American Public Policy. Number 72, (published in 2009). Orono, Maine: The Canadian-American Center, University of Maine.
  • Alper, D. and Emmanuel Brunet-Jailley. (Editors) 2009. "Special Issue: Rarely Studies Borderlands."Journal of Borderlands Studies. Vol 23/3 (Fall).
  • Loucky, J., Alper, D. and J.C. Day, eds., Transboundary Policy Challenges in the Pacific Border Regions of North America. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2008.
  • Alper, D. and D. Salazar. 2005. "Identification with Transboundary Places and Support for Ecological Transboundary Governance: A Case Study of British Columbia Environmental Activists."Journal of Borderland Studies. 20(1): 23-43.
  • Alper, D. 2004. "Emerging Collaborative Frameworks for Environmental Governance in the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound Ecosystem," Journal of Borderland Studies. Spring 19(1): 79-88.

Research Interests

  • Canadian Politics
  • American Politics
  • Border Policy