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The School is home to more than fifty full time professors as well as part-time staff and professors emeritus. The faculty excel at producing innovative and world-class research and in bringing the insights from that research into the classroom.
Office: Kerr House 206, Traill College
Phone: 705 748 1011 x 6021
The impact of non-human nature on human intelligence and well-being; land as the source of epistemological reconciliation with First Nations; poetry as enactment of ecological consciousness.
Hand to Heart: The Story of Canada World Youth. Toronto: Cormorant Books, anticipated April 2025. Contract Signed
Canadian Primal. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press. February 2021.
(with Brent Wood) Listening for the Heartbeat of Being: The Arts of Robert Bringhurst. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015.
(with Clare Goulet) Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2010.
"The Heart of Consciousness." Philosophy Activism Nature (14). 2019.
"Earth, You Almost Enough: The Poetry and Poetics of Dennis Lee." Interdisciplinary Study of Literature and Environment (2018): 363-376.
Professor, Canadian Studies
On Sabbatical 2021-22
No Place for the State: The 1969 Omnibus Bill and the Bedrooms of the Nation, with Christabelle Sethna eds., Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020.
Unbuttoned: A History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.
edited with Michael Dawson. Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas Press, 2009.
The Manly Modern: Masculinity in the Postwar Years. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007.
“Je me souviens too: Eugene Forsey and the Inclusiveness of 1950s British Canadianism,” Canadian Historical Review 100 (September 2019): 374–397.
‘‘The ‘Taint of Self’: Reflections on Ralph Connor, his fans, and the problem of morality in recent Canadian historiography’ Histoire Sociale/ Social History Vol XLVI, No 91 (May 2013): 63-90.
“The Importance of Not Being Earnest: Postwar Canadians Rethink Mackenzie King’s Christian Manhood’ in Christopher J Greig and Wayne J Martino eds, Canadian Men and Masculinities: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press, 2012), 61-75.
Associate Professor, History and Canadian Studies
Office: Lady Eaton College S103
Phone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 7109
Québec history, from 1867 to the present, from social, cultural and political perspectives. Food history, 1880-1980. Particular interest for the history of popular music, the Quiet revolution, and women's history.
“Rational Meals for the Traditional Family: Nutrition in Quebec School Manuals, 1900-1960,” in the collection Edible Histories, Cultural Politics, edited by Franca Iacovetta, Valerie J. Korinek and Marlene Epp. Forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, 2012.
“L’alimentation moderne pour la famille traditionnelle : Les discours sur l’alimentation au Québec, 1914-1945”, Revue de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, no. 3, (2011), pp. 60-73.
“Entre exportation et importation : la création de la chanson québécoise selon la presse artistique, 1960-1980”, Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, vol. 60, no. 3 (2007), pp. 295-324.
Associate Professor, Canadian Studies
Office: Champlain College G2
Phone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 6004
Canadian Research Chair
Research: As Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North, Lackenbauer’s current research program focuses on how Canada can and should balance its sovereignty, security and stewardship responsibilities in the North in ways that protect national interests and values, promote sustainable development and healthy communities, and facilitate circumpolar stability and cooperation. His other interests include modern Canadian and circumpolar history; political studies; military history / war and society; and Indigenous-state relations in Canada.
- China’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada (co-authored, University of Calgary Press, 2018)
- Roots of Entanglement: Essays in Native-Newcomer Relations (co-edited, University of Toronto Press, 2017)
- Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Operations, 1945-2015: Historical and Contemporary Lessons Learned (co-edited, Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, 2017)
- Two Years Below the Horn: A Canadian’s Experiences in Antarctica, 1944-46 (co-edited, University of Manitoba Press, 2017)
- The Networked North: Borders and Borderlands in the Canadian Arctic Region (co-edited, Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 2017)
- One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance (co-edited, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 2017);
- Whole of Government through an Arctic Lens (co-edited, Mulroney Institute of Government, 2017)
Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies
Office: Gzowski College 309
Phone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 7845
“More than where the Heart Is: Meeting Places in Wabenaki Poetry by Cheryl Savageau and Mihku Paul,” in Journal of Canadian Studies/ Revue d’études canadiennes d’études canadiennes Vol 48 Spring Summer 2015.
“The Teaching of Quebec in Canadian Studies: Crisis or Opportunity?” in International Journal of Canadian Studies/ Revue international d’études canadiennes Jan 2014 Vol 50 pp 121-136
“Embodying the Glocal: Immigrant and Indigenous Ideas of Home in Tessa McWatt’s Montreal,” in Literature and the Glocal City: Reshaping the English-Canadian Imaginary, ed. Ana Maria Fraile-Marcos. Routledge: 2014, pp 39-54
"Pimuteuat/ Ils marchent/They walk: Movement in Contemporary Indigenous Poetry in French,” Indigenous Poetics in Canada, ed. Neal McLeod (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2014) pp 159-182
Director: School for the Study of Canada
Full Professor (School for the Environment)
B.A. (Toronto), MES (York), PhD (Queens)
Office: Kerr House 201, Traill College
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext 6024
Research and Teaching Interests
Political and regional studies emphasizing borders and borderlands and the circumpolar North
Heather Nicol's research is focused upon exploring the dynamics that structure the political geography of the circumpolar North, with a specific focus on the North American Arctic and Canada-US relations. Her work is focused upon cross-border relations, tensions, geopolitical narratives and mappings of power and sovereignty. She is currently exploring both the history of circumpolar geopolitics, security and borders in relation to globalization and post-global paradigms.
Selected recent publications:
Heather N. Nicol (2015). The Fence and the Bridge. Kitchener Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press.
P. Whitney Lackenbauer and Heather N. Nicol. 2017. Whole of Government through an Arctic Lens (co-edited, Mulroney Institute of Government, 2017)
P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Heather Nicol and William Greaves. 2017. One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance. Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 2017.
Dwayne R. Menezes and Heather N. Nicol. 2019. The North American Arctic: New Trends in Regional Security. London: University College London Press. Submitted for editorial review.
Heather N. Nicol and P. Whitney Lackenbauer. 2017. A Networked North. Waterloo: Centre for Federalism and Public Policy.
Â Lassi Heininen and Heather Nicol. 2017. Climate Change from a Northern Point of View. Waterloo: Centre for Federalism and Public Policy.
Book Chapters and Articles:
Heather Exner-Pirot, Maria Ackren,Natalia Loukacheva,Heather Nicol, Annika E. Nilsson, Jennifer Spence. 2019. Form and Function: The Future of the Arctic Council. The Arctic Institute. February 2019
Heather N. Nicol. 2019. The U.S. Chairmanship: Round Two: Methods and Protocols. Doug Nord ed., Leadership for the North: The Influence and Impact of Arctic Council Chairs. Springer.
Heather N. Nicol. 2019. Trade, Trump, security and ethics: The Canada-US Border in continental perspective. Anssi Paasi et al. Borderless Worlds For Whom? London and New York: Routledge.
Heather N. Nicol. 2017. Rescaling Borders of Investment: The Arctic Council and the Economic Development Policies. Journal of Borderlands Studies.
Heather N. Nicol. 2017. From Territory to Rights: New Foundations for Conceptualizing Indigenous Sovereignty. Geopolitics. https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2016.1264055
Associate Professor (English)
B.A. (Victoria), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Office: Champlain College H25
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext 6015
Research interests: Canadian fiction; Canadian women’s life-writing; Romanticism in Canadian literature; literary and cultural constructions of girlhood; postcolonial literature and theory