Diddy R. M. Hitchins is a professor emerita at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where, during her distinguished 30-year career, she chaired the Political Science department and served as director of International Studies. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Hitchins was raised in southern England. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences at the University of Southampton, and an MA in political behavior and a PhD in government at the University of Essex. Her academic research has included time spent in Canada, China, Japan, the Koreas, Russia and West Africa. Hitchins is founding director of UAA’s Canadian and North Pacific Studies Programs. Since 1985 she’s served as British Honorary Consul for Alaska, and in 2005 Queen Elizabeth II honored her with the Member of British Empire (MBE) award.