University of Calgary

Whitney Lackenbauer

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Dr. Lackenbauer is Professor of Modern Canadian History co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo) and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group based in Yellowknife.  A prolific author on Arctic sovereignty and security issues, his recent books include Vigilans: A Short History of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (forthcoming 2015), Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State (co-edited 2014), A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North, 1870-1942 (edited 2014), Legal Appraisals of Canada’s Arctic Sovereignty: Key Documents, 1904-58 (co-edited 2014), The Canadian Rangers: A Living History, 1942-2012 (2013, shortlisted for the Dafoe prize), Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship (co-authored 2011, French translation 2015), A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military  (co-authored 2010), and Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (co-authored 2008, winner of the 2009 Donner Prize for the best Canadian book on public policy).  His current research includes histories of Arctic sovereignty and security policies and practices since the Second World War, Aboriginal-state relations, and contemporary circumpolar affairs.  His books-in-progress include China and the Arctic: The Evolving Interests of a “Near Arctic State” and What They Mean for Canada; The Joint Arctic Weather Stations: Sovereignty and Science in the High Arctic; The DEW Line: A Spatial History; Operation Gauntlet: The Canadian-Led Evacuation of Spitsbergen, 1941; and Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War: A Comparative History. He is primary investigator on a three-year research program funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada Insight Grant (2015-18) on “Canadian-American Relations in the Cold War Arctic, 1946-72.”

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