Meet the Faculty
Rod Watkins received his Masters in Philosophy at the Ohio State University in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1995. His Ph.D. thesis investigated the nature and basis of our knowledge of our own thoughts. Driven by the Socratic notion that the purpose of philosophy is, in the end, to decipher how best to lead a flourishing life, Professor Watkins’s research since has focused on the interaction between human nature and social and political institutions, with special attention to the interplay between our nature and institutionalized structures of authority. Professor Watkins teaches first and second year Philosophy in Salmon Arm and Vernon.
Amy Cohen is a mother, an activist, an anthropologist, and a long-time resident of the north Okanagan (unceded Secwepemc territory). She has been involved in the struggle for migrant rights in the US and Canada for over a decade and currently organizes with the migrant justice group RAMA. Amy has an MA in anthropology from the University of Toronto—her thesis examined the illegalization and racialization of undocumented men and women in the United States. Her recent research and publications have focused on the Canadian temporary foreign worker program, everyday resistance, border imperialism, and racial segregation in British Columbia.
Dr. Tim Walters has a PhD in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University—his doctoral dissertation examined radical acts of resistance in contemporary films like Fight Club, The Idiots, and Trainspotting. He is a union activist who writes about Slavoj Žižek, subversive cinema, football, radical politics, and late-capitalism from a Marxist perspective. His recent work has appeared in books like Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader, Football and the Boundaries of History, Football and Communities Across Codes, and on websites such as “Marx and Philosophy” and “Sporting Intelligence.”
Linda Elmose earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in 2011, and has continued to pursue a research program and teaching focus exploring how China and other emerging economies are challenging the dominant neoliberal ideology, institutions and development theories of our day. At Okanagan College her Political Science courses hew to this general theme of resistance –personal, institutional, political, legal, economic—to hegemonic neoliberal thinking and policy. For instance, Introduction to Politics critically assesses youth’s political activism and apathy, the varied causes of revolutions like the Arab Spring, the driving motives for and tactics of social movements, along with forms of resistance to rising inequality, state oppression through surveillance and an emerging police state. Canadian Environmental Policy centres on possible alternatives to our fossil fuel based economy with hopes pinned on the “new green revolution”, “pipeline politics” of dissent, and the university-led divestment movement. Theme of the courses: Resistance is fertile.