Appointment of the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster University

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Announcements Administration
September 15, 2015
Ontario, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Canadian History / Studies, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies

The announcement of the appointment of the Wilson Chair will appear on McMaster's Daily News today (

Please welcome Dr. Ian McKay as the next L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History. (His appointment begins 1 January 2016.) 

Dr. McKay is a highly influential historian of Canada, whose books include The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia  (1994),  Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History  (2005), Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920 (2008), and [with Jamie Swift], Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety (2012).  A short thought piece he published in 2000, ““The Liberal Order Framework: A Prospectus for a Reconnaissance of Canadian History” has shaped discussions of Canadian history ever since. He also has had a very direct influence on the profession, by supervising more than 30 PhD students and countless MA students at Queen’s University since 1988.

Congratulations to Pamela Swett and the entire Department of History for selecting and securing such a fine historian to lead the Wilson Institute for Canadian History.

More exciting announcements to come! 

Dr. Ken Cruikshank
Dean, Faculty of Humanities
Professor, Department of History

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Debbie Lobban
Administrative Assistant
Wilson Institute for Canadian History
Department of History
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4L9

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