Welcome!  I am Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at Nipissing University.  My full CV is available here.  The following is some highlights.

Series Editor (with R.W. Sandwell and Colin Duncan) of McGill-Queen’s Rural, Wildland and Resource Studies Series)

Areas of Interest

Agricultural history of Canada, particularly the history of subsistence production and its relationship to capitalist markets for food; Global food systems; Environmental history of Canada; Food history; British Columbia

Courses Taught

Hist 1106 Food: A North American History

Hist 2166 Survival: Canada in Global Environmental History

Hist 2167 Bodies and Nature in the Environmental Era

Hist 3267 Food, Land and Subsistence in Human History

Hist 4485 Land and Colonialism in the British World

Hist 5107 Canadian Environmental History (graduate course)

Selected Publications


Subsistence Under Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (edited with Dean Bavington and Carly Dokis). Montréal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.


Creating a Modern Countryside: Liberalism and Land Resettlement in British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007. Winner of the K.D. Srivastava Prize for excellence in scholarly publishing.

“John Bull and Sons: The Empire Marketing Board and the Creation of an Imperial Food System,” in Franca Iacovetta, Valerie Korinek, and Marlene Epp, eds., Edible Histories: Towards a Canadian Food History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“The Long Question of Food and Land,” review essay of books by C. Allen, C. Czajkowski, L. Armstrong, and D. Deur & N.J. Turner, BC Studies, 184 (Winter 2014/2015): 125-137.

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