Claire Campbell

Claire Campbell

Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty in Environmental Studies & Sciences
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Professor Campbell is interested in the environmental history of North America and the North Atlantic world, and the history of Canada. She has taught at universities across Canada and in Denmark, in the areas of history, Canadian Studies, and Environment and Sustainability.

Her research seeks to use environmental history to expand public history, and public discussions of sustainability and environmental policy. She is interested in the preservation and interpretation of historic places, the role of the humanities in sustainability education, and historical inspirations for post-industrial society.

Publications include Shaped by the West Wind: Nature and History in Georgian Bay (2005); co-editor, Land and Sea: Environmental History in Atlantic Canada(2013); editor, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 (2011); numerous articles in environmental history; and Nature, Place, and Story: Rethinking Historic Sites in Canada (2017). She is currently working on a co-edited collection on the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as a new project on Canada's Atlantic coastlines.

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of King's College at Dalhousie University
  • M.A., Ph.D., Western University

Course Offerings

HIST 100 Northern Exposures: Canada
An introduction to the history, politics, and culture of the northern half of North America, emphasizing the relationship between environment and national identity.

HIST 215 Mapping History: Nature, Place, and Power
Focusing on the North Atlantic and North America from the seventeenth century onward, this course reads maps as markers of our changing ideas about and impact on the natural world. Crosslisted as ENST 214 and GEOG 206. 

HIST 213 North American Environmental History
This class introduces the practices and purposes of studying our past relationships with nature, using in particular the environments of rivers, to better understand the origins of North America's landscapes today. 

HIST 224 Eighteenth Century North America
A course that explores how different peoples — Indigenous, British, French, canadien, and American — claimed and fought over the environments of North America, shaping today's national borders.

HIST 301 Seminar in Environmental History
An in-depth exploration of different aspects of human interactions with the natural world over time. Currently themed to Islands and Coastlines.

UNIV 200 The West, Nature, and National Myth
An Integrated Perspectives class with Rebecca Meyers (Film & Media Studies) about how Canadians and Americans have approached, inhabited, and transformed the environments of western North America in history and film.

UNIV 200: The Politics and Meanings of Maps
An Integrated Perspectives class with Diane Jakacki (Comparative Humanities) that explores the history of cartography in North America over the past several hundred years, using environmental history and digital humanities.

Current Curriculum Vitae