Young Alumni Award (2023) - Dr. Amy Mack (BA ’13, MA ’16)

Committed to equity, the work of reconciliation and the promotion of democracy, as well as the mentorship of young people, Dr. Amy Mack (BA ’13, MA ’16) has made an indelible impression on communities both near and far. The University of Lethbridge Alumni Association (ULAA) has named Mack the recipient of the 2023 Young Alumni Award.

Mack has spent much of her life seeking to understand the cultures around her. As an anthropology undergraduate, she was an outstanding student, a keen researcher and a global citizen. Following the completion of her bachelor’s and master’s at ULethbridge, Mack continued her research into digital communities and the rise of online hate and extremism in Canada for her doctorate at UAlberta. Following the 2022 protests in Ottawa and at the Alberta-Montana border, she saw a need for rural communities to have more resources to address radicalization.

The result was the establishment of the Canadian Institute of Far-Right Studies, a think tank she founded with a group of early-career scholars. Mack is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Research on Extremism at the University of Oslo.