Office: 3017 ADM
Canadian and US Aboriginal and Environmental History
History of Indian Policy
History of Science
Dr. Binnema entered the historical profession after teaching high school English and social studies for several years. He has been teaching at UNBC since 2000, where he now teaches in the fields of Canadian and United States history, aboriginal history, and environmental history.
He has written several books that examine various aspects of environmental history, aboriginal history, and the history of science.Common and Contested Ground (2001) examines the human and environmental history of the northwestern plains of North America from AD 200 to 1806. With Gerhard Ens of the University of Alberta, he published The Hudson’s Bay Company Edmonton House Journals, Correspondence, and Reports: 1806-1821 (2012). That book consists of primary documents and a long essay offering a new interpretation of the history of the northern plains and Athabasca region between 1806 and 1821. “Enlightened Zeal”: The Hudson’s Bay Company and Scientific Networks, 1670 to 1870” (2013), is the first book to examine the relationship between science and a major chartered monopoly over its entire lifetime. Dr. Binnema also co-edited two collections of original articles, New Histories for Old: Changing Perspectives on Canada's Native Pasts (2007) and From Rupert's Land to Canada (2001). He has also published many scholarly articles including articles in Environmental History, The Canadian Historical Review, Journal of the Early Republic, Western Historical Quarterly, and The Journal of Canadian Studies.
Dr. Binnema’s graduate students have explored a wide range of topics in the aboriginal and environmental history of Canada and the United States.
Dr. Bryce joined UNBC in July 2014 after receiving his PhD from York University in 2013. His research focuses on migration, education, and health in Argentina and Canada. His work has appeared in the Journal of Social History, Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos, the Canadian Historical Review, and the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. He is the co-editor of Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada (University Press of Florida, 2015).
His monograph (in progress), Regimes of Pluralism: Language, Religion, and Ethnicity in Argentina and Canada, 1880-1930, examines how German-speaking immigrants, bilingual citizens, politicians, and religious leaders contested ideas of pluralism and national belonging in a period when evolving categories of citizenship began to solidify. By stepping outside the conventional boundaries of Latin American and Canadian history, the comparison contributes to debates about state power, nationalist ideologies, and the construction of ethnicity in the Southern Cone and North America.
At UNBC, Dr. Bryce will teach courses on Latin America, health in the Americas and Europe, and world history. In 2014-15, he is teaching "Environment, Export Economies, and Workers in Latin America since 1850," "Global Public Health," and "World History since 1550."
Office: 3003 ADM
Colonial Latin America
Women's and Gender History
Religion, Health, and Political Culture
Dr. Holler is currently on sabbatical until July 1, 2016
Dr. Holler is a specialist in colonial Latin America and women’s/gender history who joined UNBC in 2003. She is the author of Escogidas Plantas: Nuns and Beatas in Mexico City, 1530-1601 (Columbia University Press, 2003/205). She is also author of articles and book chapters on early colonial Mexico; co-author, with Peter Bakewell, of the third edition of his History of Latin America (Blackwell, 2009); and co-author of the forthcoming Gendered Society: Canadian Edition (Oxford, 2010). Her current research projects include a SSHRC-funded book-length study of the Cortes Conspiracy of 1566 and a project on women's bodies, health, emotion, and sexuality in early colonial New Spain.
A past winner (2005) of UNBC's teaching award, Dr. Holler teaches fourth-year seminars on childbirth and women's bodies and the history of masculinity; History 190 (The West and the World to 1660); and courses on the history of Latin America. She also teaches an introduction to gender studies (WMST 103) in the Women's Studies Program, of which she is coordinator.
Office: 3010 ADM
Medieval Spanish History with a focus on Gender
and Medieval European History
Dr. Wessell Lightfoot received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. Her research focuses on the lives of women often seen as “powerless” in late medieval Europe—lower status women, Jewish women and converted Jewish women—and how they navigated marriage, property, family alliances and religion in 14th and 15th century Spain. Her book, Women, Dowries, and Agency: Marriage in Fifteenth-Century Valencia was published by Manchester University Press in 2013. Currently, she is working on a collaborative project with Alexandra Guerson (University of Toronto) entitled “Negotiating Conversion: Jewish Women, Conversas, and Migration in Late Medieval Catalonia”. This project is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant.
Dr. Wessell Lightfoot has published articles in Viator, the Women’s History Review, and book collections including "The Power to Divide? Germania Marriage Contracts in Early Fifteenth-Century Valencia" in Across the Religious Divide: Women, Property and the Law in the Wider Mediterranean (ca. 1300-1800) (Routledge, 2010). Her article "The Projects of Marriage: Spousal Choice, Dowries and Domestic Service in Early Fifteen-Century Valencia" Viator 40.1 (2009) was named the 2009 article of the year by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
In September 2014, Dr. Wessell Lightfoot was named as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists.
She teaches courses on medieval and early modern European history, medieval Spain, European women's history, the witch hunts and the medieval Mediterranean.
Office: 3091 ADM
UNBC Department of History Alumni Liaison
Canadian legal and crime history with an emphasis
on the 19th and 20th centuries
Dr. Jonathan Swainger joined UNBC in September 1992 and has lived and taught in Terrace, Fort St. John and Prince George. He was History Department Chair from 2004 to 2009 and his teaching includes Canadian, legal, crime, and historiography. His research centers on legal and crime history in which he has published numerous articles on topics including capital punishment, the politics of judicial appointments, seditious language and free speech during the First World War, crime and community identity, and teen culture in northern British Columbia during the 1950s. His books and edited collections include The Canadian Department of Justice and the Completion of Confederation (2000), The Alberta Supreme Court at 100: History and Authority (2007), Laws and Societies in the Prairie West, 1670-1940 (2005) with Louis A. Knafla, and People and Place: Historical Influences on Legal Culture (2003) with Constance Backhouse.
Currently Dr. Swainger is engaged in an assortment of book projects including a history of the University of Northern British Columbia’s first quarter century that is scheduled for release in 2015, a study of crime history in the Peace River country of British Columbia, and a history of northern British Columbia with Ted Binnema. Currently, a number of his smaller research projects include work on the crime history of Prince George in the 1920s
Dr. Charles Jago, Professor
VA (Western Ontario), PhD (Cambridge)
Dr. Jago has retired from UNBC and remains Professor Emeritus
The Department of History thanks you for your years of service and wishes you well
Dr. Gordon Martel, Professor
BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy), PhD (Toronto)
Dr. Martel is now retired from UNBC and remains Professor Emeritus
The Department of History wishes you well in your retirement.
Dr. William Morrison, Professor
BA (McMaster), MA (McMaster) PhD (Western Ontario), DLit (Brandon)
Dr. Morrison is now retired from UNBC and remains Professor Emeritus
The Department of History wishes you well in your retirement.
Dr. Nathan Smith
Assistant Professor - Term
BA Hons (York), MA (Toronto), PhD (Toronto)
History of modern Canada
Interests range widely in terms of themes, including
war and society, labour, citizenship, popular politics
and activism, society and culture