Lynda Harling Stalker

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Lynda Harling Stalker

Campus Location
Nicholson Tower Rm 608

Dr. Harling Stalker is serving her third term as chair of the Sociology department.  She is an island studies scholar who focusses on narratives of place, making, cultural work and heritage.  During her time at StFX she has taught 17 different courses, including Sociology of Anne of Green Gables and Hockey and Canadian Culture, which were both Maclean Magazine’s designated “Cool courses at StFX.”  Dr. Harling Stalker’s approach to her leadership, scholarship and teaching is rooted in an ethic of care that honours dignity, grace and empathy.


Culture, Island Studies, Narrative Research, Atlantic Canada, Work, Crafts, Creative and Cultural Industries, Traditions


Harling Stalker, L.L. and K. A. Burnett. 2023. “Notations of Islandness: Scottish Cultural Work, Enterprise, and ‘Remote Place’ Narratives.” Blog for Avalon Research Society.

Harling Stalker, L.L. and P. Cormack.  (2022).  “Staying the blazes home: Group charisma and COVID-19.  Journal for Canadian Studies. 

Burnett, K.A. and L.L. Harling Stalker.  2021.  “Island cultural work.” In Scotland and islandness: Explorations in community, economy and culture. Eds. K.A. Burnett et al. Peter Lang.

Harling Stalker, L.L. and P. Cormack.  2020. “A spectacle of silencing: A rural African-Canadian woman’s media trial.”  Cultural Sociology,

Burnett, K.A. and L.L. Harling Stalker.  2018.  “Shut up for five years: ‘Locating narratives’ of cultural workers as incomers in Scotland’s islands.”  Sociologia ruralis, 58, 2: 239-257.

Current Research Affiliations:

  • Member, UArctic Thematic Network, Northern and Arctic Islands
  • Affiliated member, Avalon Research Society on Space, Place and Time
  • Research Associate, Institute for Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Research Associate, Scottish Centre for Island Studies, University of the West of Scotland

Current Courses:

  • SOCI 307 – Qualitative Methods
  • SOCI 298 – Special topics: Roots and Routes: Ruality in 21st Century
  • AR 202 – Tragedies of the Commons