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Lackenbauer Selected as 2017-18 Killam Visiting Scholar

Lackenbauer Selected as 2017-18 Killam Visiting Scholar

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

St. Jerome’s University History professor Whitney Lackenbauer has been selected as the 2017-18 Killam Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary. The primary purpose of the program  is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian Universities, including the University of Calgary. The award consists of a stipend of $50,000 (CAD) plus a research and travel allowance of $3,000 (CAD).


The Killam Visiting Scholar Program annually selects a distinguished scholar to come to the University of Calgary and make “a significant contribution to academic life”,  while participating in research and teaching programs of the host department, as well as engaging in their own research. In Lackenbauer’s case, this means pursuing his active research program on historical and contemporary Arctic affairs, guest lecturing in various courses in history, political science, and anthropology, as well as giving public lectures, organizing and participating in workshops, and organizing an international conference on Canada-Russia Arctic relations, which will be held in winter 2018. Lackenbauer is on sabbatical from St. Jerome’s University for the 2017-18 academic year, while in this role.


“This release from my regular teaching and service obligations is facilitating an exciting range of research activities,” Lackenbauer explains, who already has nine books and sixteen articles, and book chapters either published in 2017 or slated for publication by the end of this year.


“Professor Lackenbauer has established himself as an internationally recognized scholar of Canadian and Northern history, along with Arctic foreign and public policies,” says Scott Kline, Vice President Academic and Dean at St. Jerome’s University, “and this Killam award is well-deserved recognition of the quality of his research and his ability to bring that research to the public.”


 “Professor Lackenbauer is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on Arctic history and politics,” explains Canada Research Chair Petra Dolata, his host at the University of Calgary. “Although relatively young (43 years old), he has received a long list of honours, awards, and grants for his scholarship. His exceptional work reflects a deep commitment to academic, policy, political, and community-level engagement, and his leadership in shaping scholarly and policy debates through award-winning interdisciplinary research makes him a most worthy candidate for this appointment.”


Through his research program asking “What Kind of Security for the Arctic?” Professor Lackenbauer will collaborate with University of Calgary colleagues to establish new frameworks for investigating and understanding the changing security landscape in the Arctic.  His work is also supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant on Canadian-American Relations in the Cold War Arctic, 1946-72; and a Department of National Defence - Defence Engagement Program (DEP) Targeted Engagement Grant on Russia’s Arctic Interests: Implications for Canadian Defence, Security, and Foreign Policy.


He is also co-investigator on SSHRC grants looking at Navigating Canadian Arctic waters: Uniformity and Unilateralism in Law-Making in the Era of the International Polar Code (led by Kristin Bartenstein at Laval); and La perception des Autochtones des Forces canadiennes comme élément explicatif de leur faible représentation (led by Jean-François Savard at L’Ecole nationale d’administration publique).


Lackenbauer is also supported by a University of Waterloo Robert Harding/Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant for his project on Liminal Citizen-Soldiers: The 1916 Canadian Expeditionary Force Soldier Riots Reconsidered; and a St. Jerome’s University (SJU) Faculty Research Grant for a project on Indigenous Perspectives on the World Wars: Letters in the Canadian Department of Indian Affairs Archives.


Marilyn Caird, Administrative Manager
Vice President Academic and Dean’s Office
St. Jerome’s University
(519) 884-8111 x28245