Member Profiles

Below you will find profiles of historians or organizations who work on the environmental history of Atlantic Canada.  If you would like to be added to this list set up a user account with NiCHE and send a brief profile for this website to tspeace[at]gmail[dot]com.  We encourage all HEAR members to also join the NiCHE national network.

Meaghan Beaton is a doctoral candidate in Canadian Studies at Trent University. Her dissertation explores Nova Scotia’s experience during Canada’s 1967 centennial celebrations and focuses on issues of public history, commemoration, the environment, and state cultural policy. She holds a MA in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s University and a LLB from Dalhousie University.

Kaleigh Bradley holds an M.A. in Public History from Carleton University and will be beginning doctoral studies in September (location TBD). Her doctoral research will examine native newcomer-relations in Labrador, particularly place-making practices between Europeans, Euro-Canadians, and Indigenous peoples. She is most interested in how Moravian missionaries imposed their understandings of space and place on Indigenous peoples. Other interests include visual culture and colonial photography, along with questions of place, memory, and historical representation.

Claire Campbell is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Coordinator of Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University, where she also teaches in the College of Sustainability. She is the author of Shaped by the West Wind: Nature and History in Georgian Bay, and editor of A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011. Her teaching and research interests include landscape in Canadian culture, regional landscapes in Canada, and the environmental dimensions of historic sites.

Robert Gee is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maine and a 2011-2012 Fulbright at Dalhousie University.  His research looks at the development of marine science and fisheries management in New England and Atlantic Canada in the nineteenth century.  His most recent work appears in the edited volume A Landscape History of New England (MIT Press 2011) and he blogs at Stillwater Historians.

Dr. Kirsten Greer is a Visiting SSHRC Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Warwick, and is a member of the Global History and Culture Centre.  Her current research project, “Marine Biogeographies: British
Navy and Military Cultures of Natural Science in the Nineteenth-Century North Atlantic,” aims to understand how natural history knowledge of Canada, Bermuda, and Britain helped to produce a militarized maritime bioregion in the 19th-century North Atlantic.  The primary concern of this study is how the production, circulation, and reception of natural history knowledge and material
culture by these individuals (from maps, specimens, charts, watercolours, and photographs) helped to constitute the British North Atlantic as a meaningful place and contributed to the production of ideas and practices of marine biogeography – the scientific study of the distribution of marine fauna – and the migration of species.

Arn Keeling is an assistant professor of geography at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  His academic training and research interests lie at the intersection of history and geography. He received my BA (Carleton 1996) and MA (British Columbia 1999) in history and my PhD (British Columbia 2004) in geography. He subsequently spent a year as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in geography at the University of Saskatchewan, then another as an NSF-funded postdoc in the Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University, Bozeman.  His research and publications on the environmental history of Canada focus on Western and Northern Canada, and include studies of domestic and industrial pollution, pollution control and environmental regulation, mining and Northern development, environmental politics, and the history of the conservation/environmental movement.

Edward MacDonald is Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he teaches Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, and Public History. His research field, broadly speaking, is the social and cultural history of Prince Edward Island.  His current environmental history preoccupations centre on tourism and landscape, the abandoned attempt to create a second national park on the Island in the 1970s, and the history of the province’s marine fisheries.  He is author, co-author, editor, or compiler of six books, two museum catalogues, and some three dozen articles dealing with the human and natural heritage of Prince Edward Island. He remains wedded to the
notion that good history has to speak to ordinary people in order to have any impact.

Mark J. McLaughlin is a doctoral candidate at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. His dissertation examines the environmental history of New Brunswick’s forestry sector from the 1940s to the 1980s. His latest research interests include the science and scientists behind resource management in the mid-twentieth century.  He can be reached at mark.mclaughlin[at]unb[dot]ca.

Suzanne Morton has taught Canadian History at McGill University since 1992.  Her current SSHRC-funded project “From National Industry to Traditional Fishery: Lobster in the Atlantic Northeast, 1873 to 1970″ follows the relationship between state regulations, markets, technologies, local communities, and the environment.  She has a longstanding record in teaching and publishing in the area of gender and Atlantic Canada and more widely in the intersection of values with individuals, the state, and place.

Thomas Peace is an assistant professor of Canadian History at Huron University College.  His research focuses on community, space, and territory in the northeast.  His PhD dissertation used the concept of ‘spaces of power’ to compare Mi’kmaw and Wendat experiences of the British conquest of New France.  He can be reached at tspeace[at]gmail[dot]com.

Ronald Rudin is a professor of history at Concordia University, who currently holds a fellowship from the Trudeau Foundation. He is the author of six books and producer of two documentary films that deal with various aspects of French-Canadian history. His current research sits at the intersection of public, cultural and environmental history by exploring both the history and memory of the establishment of Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick, whose creation in 1969 led to the expropriation of over 200 (mostly Acadian) families.

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