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David J. Bercuson

David Bercuson specializes in Canadian military and diplomatic history and Canadian defence policy.  He is the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, Director of International Programs at the University of Calgary School of Public Policy, and Director of Programs of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He published widely on modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy and military history. He coauthored Long Night of the Tankers, Hitler’s Assault on Caribbean Oil (2014)with Holger Herwig.


Lyndsay Campbell

Lyndsay Campbell’s research is in Canadian and American legal history, usually at the interface between legal and extralegal strategies for regulating the offensive things that people say and do. She is currently finishing a book on libel law in Massachusetts and Nova Scotia in the 1820s and 1830s, co-editing a collection of essays on Canadian legal history, and writing about a set of criminal libel cases from Calgary during World War I. Recent conference presentations have concerned the history of the law of parliamentary privilege, i.e. the boundary between the jurisdictions of courts and legislatures. Dr. Campbell is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law.

Paul Chastko

Paul Chastko specializes in the history of the petroleum industry, international politics with a focus on American foreign policy, and globalization. He is the author of Developing Alberta’s Oil Sands: From Karl Clark to Kyoto (2004). His next book, Globalization and the World Oil Industry, is under contract with Taylor and Francis, and examines the way in which globalization affected the oil industry since the 1970s oil shock. 


J. Denis Clark

Denis Clark studies European and U.S. international relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. His book project, The Western Powers and a Polish State, reconsiders how British, French, and American policy-makers conceptualized Polish independence in the era of the First World War by assessing how emotionalized and racialized thinking influenced diplomacy. His work is published in Studia Historyczne Kwartalnik and in a collection on the Eastern Front of the First World War.

George Colpitts

George Colpitts’ research includes environmental history, commodity exchange, Native history and northern history. His books are: Game in the Garden: A Human History of Wildlife in Western Canada to 1940 (2002); North America’s Indian Trade in European Commerce and Imagination, 1580-1850 (2014), Pemmican Empire: Food, Trade and the Last Bison Hunts in the North American Plains, 1780-1870 and Fish Wars and Trout Travesties: The Race to Save Alberta’s Coldwater Streams in the 1920.

Heather Devine

Heather Devine is a historian and heritage professional whose publications, research and teaching specialties include Canadian Native History, American Indian Policy, Museum and Heritage Studies, and Western Canadian ethnic history, with a particular focus on Métis ethnohistory.  She has worked in curatorial and consulting capacities with the Archaeological Survey of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, the Nickle Arts Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. She is author of The People Who Own Themselves: Aboriginal Ethnogenesis in a Canadian Family, 1660-1900 (2003), winner of the Harold Adams Innis Prize for 2004-05.


Petra Dolata

Petra Dolata specializes in energy and contemporary history. Her research focuses on European and North American energy history after 1945 as well as the history and politics of the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic. She has published on Canada’s foreign and Arctic policies, transatlantic relations, and the concept of energy security. Her book on US-German energy relations in the late 1950s and early 1960s was published in 2006 in German (Die deutsche Kohlenkrise im nationalen und transatlantischen Kontext).

Warren M. Elofson

Warren Elofson is a specialist in modern British social, political and constitutional history and North American Great Plains and Northern Australian environmental history.  He has written widely in both areas with books on Edmund Burke and the Rockingham Whigs in eighteenth-century Britain, three volumes on frontier cattle ranching in western Canada and Montana and studies on Anglo settlement in the grasslands regions of Australia’s Northern Territory.

John R. Ferris

John Ferris specializes in the history of intelligence, communications and strategy. His recent work addresses cyber intelligence, British counter-insurgency and empire during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Japan in British strategy, along with a chapter in the standard Oxford University Press textbook on strategic studies. He is co-editor for The Cambridge History of the Second World War; he recently finished a book on intelligence theory, and is completing another on British, American and Japanese intelligence at the outbreak of the Pacific War.

Alexander A. Hill

Alexander Hill’s research is concerned with the military history of the Soviet Union under Stalin, and in particular the Great Patriotic War. He has published several books and articles on the Great Patriotic War, and more specifically on the Soviet partisan movement 1941-1944, the militarization of the Soviet Arctic during the 1930s and 40s, and the significance of British and Commonwealth aid for the Soviet war effort. His most recent book, The Red Army and the Second World War, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. 

Nancy Janovicek

Nancy Janovicek researches Canadian rural history, social movements, and women’s and gender history. Her current SSHRC-funded project is about the back-to-the-land movement in the West Kootenays. She is the author of No Place to Go: Local Histories of the Battered Women’s Shelter Movement (2007) and co-editor of Feminist History in Canada: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation (2013). She publishes on oral history methodology and ethics policy, alternative education, abortion rights, and rural countercultures.

Amelia Kiddle

Amelia Kiddle specializes in the political and cultural history of Mexico. Her monograph, Mexico’s Relations with Latin America during the Cárdenas Era, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2016. She has published two edited volumes, as well as several book chapter and articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies, Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, and the Jarbuch fur Geschichte Lateinamerikas. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded research project on the 1938 Mexican oil expropriation and the roots of resource nationalism in Latin America. 

Mark Konnert

Mark Konnert is specialist in early modern Europe, especially urban and religious history. He has published several books and a number of articles on the urban history of France during the religious wars, as well as a textbook on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe.He is also interested in issues of religious violence and coexistence, and has recently completed a manuscript on the relations between kings and their sons in early modern Europe.

Hendrik Kraay

Hendrik Kraay studies the social, political, and cultural history of Brazil. His major publications include Days of National Festivity in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1823-1889 (2013) and Race, State, and Armed Forces in Independence-Era Brazil, 1790s-1840s (2001). He is writing a book on the celebration of the Dois de Julho (2 July) festival in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He has also written about Brazilian independence, slavery, Afro-Brazilian culture and politics, identity, military institutions, and the Paraguayan War.  

Ken MacMillan

Ken MacMillan specializes in the history of early modern England and the Atlantic world, circa 1450-1700. His books include Sovereignty and Possession in the English New World (2006), The Atlantic Imperial Constitution (2011), Stories of True Crime in Tudor and Stuart England (2015), and the forthcoming Death in the Sceptred Isle. He is the recipient of seven teaching awards, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s highest post-secondary teaching honour.

David B. Marshall

David Marshall's research focuses on the history of religion and popular culture in Canada. He is the author of Secularizing the Faith: Canadian Protestant Clergy and the Crisis of Belief, 1850-1940 (1992). His recent publications include, “”Khaki Has Become a Sacred Colour”: The Methodist Church and Sanctification of World War I”, in Gordon Heath, ed., The Churches and the First World War (2014). Currently he is working on the biography of C.W. Gordon, pseud. ”Ralph Connor”, a project funded by SSHRC.

Jewel L. Spangler

Jewel Spangler is a specialist in the social and cultural history of the United States, 1740-1820.  She has published several articles and a book on early southern evangelicals.  Her current SSHRC-funded project, titled “The Richmond Theatre Fire of 1811 in History and Memory,” uses a deadly fire in Virginia’s capital city as a lens through which to examine early-national cultural and social themes ranging from nascent nationalism, to religious regionalism, to urban planning, to constructions of race and gender.

Frank Stahnisch 

Frank Stahnisch is AMF/Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine and Health Care. His interests span the development of experimental physiology and laboratory medicine since the eighteenth century, the historical relationship between neurosciences and the philosophy of the mind. Recipients of SSHRC, CIHR and AHRF grants, he recently published Medicine, Life and Function: Experimental Strategies and Medical Modernity at the Intersection of Pathology and Physiology (2012).

Timothy J. Stapleton

Tim Stapleton works on the history of war and society in Africa, particularly Southern Africa. He has published 11 sole-authored books the most recent of which include Africa: War and Conflict in the Twentieth Century (2018), A History of Genocide in Africa (2017), Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952-1990 (2015), and A Military History of Africa, 3 vols. (2013). He also edited an Encyclopedia of African Colonial Conflicts (2016). He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on British military culture in colonial West Africa.  Previously, he taught at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, and Trent University in Ontario, and been a research associate at universities in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.  Dr. Stapleton is the series editor for “Africa: Missing Voices” which is published by the University of Calgary Press.

Paul James Stortz

Paul Stortz's research interests are in the history of education and universities, immigration and ethnicity in Canada, visual cultures, and historiography and theories of history. He currently holds a SSHRC Insight Grant on the history of the university professoriate, academic cultures, and intellectual spaces in Canada. His most recent publications include “The Mythic Campus and the Professorial Life," History of Education Review (2011); and Cultures, Communities, and Conflict: Histories of Canadian Universities and War (2012).

Annette Timm

Annette Timm is a specialist in the social, cultural, and political history of modern Europe, with a research focus on twentieth-century Germany. She is the author of The Politics of Fertility in Twentieth-Century Berlin, the co-author of Gender, Sex and the Shaping of Modern Europe: A History from the French Revolution to the Present Day, and the editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Her current research projects include: a SSHRC-funded book about the Nazi Lebensborn program and its legacies in popular culture; a collaborative research and curatorial project about trans-Atlantic exchanges in the field of sexology; and an edited volume about the Israeli Holocaust survivor and novelist Ka-Tzetnik.

Frank Towers

Frank Towers specializes in the history of the United States during the Civil War era (1840s-1870s) as well as the history of cities and politics.  His current research project, The Slave Power’s Grassroots, explores ways that proslavery politicians mobilized voter support before the Civil War.

Glenn Wilkinson 

Glenn Wilkinson studies media and cultural studies focusing on film, (particularly post-1945 British war films and British spy films), serious digital games, and newspapers.  He is currently working on two projects regarding ‘companionate marriage’ and policing, crime, and war in post-war British war films. He is also working on an examination of post-war British culture though a study of Wilbert Awdry’s Railway Series books for children. 

David Curtis Wright

David Curtis Wright researches and writes on imperial Chinese diplomatic and military history, the Mongols, Taiwan, and current Chinese Arctic policy. He is the author of From War to Diplomatic Parity in Eleventh-Century China: Sung’s Foreign Relations with Kitan Liao (2005), The Dragon Eyes the Top of the World: Arctic Policy Debate and Discussion in China (2011), and The History of China, 2nd ed (2011). He is co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Chinese Military History.

Professors Emeriti

Christon I. Archer

Patrick H. Brennan

Patrick Brennan’s research focuses on the Canadian military experience of the two world wars.  Recent publications include chapters on Lieutenant-General Julian Byng’s central contribution to the professionalization of the Canadian Corps and the career of Major-General David Watson, as well as an article on the incidence of psychological stress among senior commanders in the Canadian Corps. He is currently working on a history of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment. 

R. Douglas Francis

Douglas Francis specializes in Canadian intellectual history and Western Canadian history. He has published Frank H. Underhill: Intellectual Provocateur (1986), Images of the West: Perceptions of the Prairies, 1690-1960 (1989), and The Technological Imperative in Canada: An Intellectual History (2009). He is coauthor of Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 7th ed. (2012), and Destinies: Canadian History since Confederation, 7th ed. (2012). He has co-edited a number of volumes and has published numerous articles in his areas of specialty.

Holger H. Herwig


Elizabeth Jameson

Elizabeth Jameson holds the Imperial Oil – Lincoln McKay Chair in American Studies at the University of Calgary. She is currently President-elect of the Western History Association. A social historian, she has published widely on the comparative histories of the U.S. and Canadian Wests and their borderlands, and on the histories of women and labor in the North American Wests. Her publications include All that Glitters: Class, Conflict and Community in Cripple Creek (1998). 

Louis Antone Knafla

Lou has continued his legal historical research and writing since his retirement in 2001. His major project on Kent at Law 1602 continues with Volume 6 on the courts of Wards and Liveries, Admiralty and Exchequer Bills in press (London, L&I Society Dec 2015), and his co-authored book on Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law and Resistance in Prairie Canada and South-West Australia (UBC Press, Jan 2016). Enjoying a life of gardening, hiking, golf and fishing in the Kootenays, he serves as President of the Creston Historical and Museum Society and volunteer fund-raising for the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

G. Francine Michaud

Francine Michaud’s work investigates society in medieval Provence. Her recent publications include: ‘From apprentices to wage-earners: child labour before and after the Black Death’, in J. Rosenthal, ed., Medieval Childhood (2007), ‘Le pauvre transformé: les hommes, les femmes et la charité à Marseille du XIIIe siècle jusqu’à la Peste noire’, Revue historique (2009), and a coauthored book, L’enquête de Leopardo da Foligno en Haute Provence centrale, 1332-1333, with Claude Roux, Thierry Pécout, and Laure Verdon (2011). 

Stephen J. Randall

Professor Randall joined the Department of History in 1989, coming from McGill University where he had taught since 1974.  He held the Imperial Oil-Lincoln McKay Chair in American Studies and then served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1994-2006).  He was subsequently Director of the Institute for United States Policy Research and later Director of the Latin American Research Centre. He is an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada.  He is the author of a number of books on United States foreign policy and inter-American relations.  His most recent book is Confronting the United States: Colombian-United States Relations since 1974 (Random House Colombia, 2016- in Spanish).  Randall holds appointment as a Faculty Professor until 2019.

Anthony Walter Rasporich 

Donald B. Smith 

Martin S. Staum

Timothy Hugh Eaton Travers