P. Whitney Lackenbauer

p-whitney-lackenbauerDr. P. Whitney Lackenbauer


Professor, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo


P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a professor of history and co-director of the Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Ontario, and Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group based in Yellowknife. 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.

Select Publications

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)

The Canadian Rangers: A Living History, 1942-2012 (2013)

Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship (co-authored 2011, French translation 2015)

Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (co-authored 2008)


2015-2018 Primary Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant — Project: Canadian-American Relations in the Cold War Arctic, 1946-72

2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards: Scholarly and Academic Book Award, Keith Matthews Award (Canadian Nautical Research Society), and John Lyman Book Award (North American Society for Oceanic History) for Canadian Naval and Maritime History for A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North: Terrestrial Sovereignty, 1870-1939

2011-2015 Co-project lead, ArcticNet Research Grant (co-lead: Dr. Rob Huebert) — Project: The Emerging Arctic Security Environment: External and Internal Dimensions

2010 Fulbright Scholar. Center of Canadian Studies, The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C. — Project: Sovereignties, Security and Stewardship: Canadian-American Relations and the Arctic

2008 Donner Book Prize for best book on Canadian public policy for Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North with Ken Coates, Bill Morrison and Greg Poelzer

Graduate Supervision

Canadian history (military-diplomatic, war and society, political), Aboriginal-military relations, Northern/Arctic history, circumpolar affairs


Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.lackenbauer.ca