Whitney Lackenbauer

P. WHITNEY LACKENBAUER, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of the department of history at St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo, Ontario.  He is also co-chair of the Munk School for Global Affairs/Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Arctic Peoples and Security program. 

Lackenbauer is a prolific author and commentator on Arctic affairs.  His recent books include The Canadian Rangers: A Living History (2013), Canada’s Rangers: Selected Stories, 1942-2012 (2013), Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship(co-authored 2011), Canada and Arctic Sovereignty and Security: Historical Perspectives (edited 2011), A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military(co-authored 2010), The Canadian Forces and Arctic Sovereignty: Debating Roles, Interests, and Requirements, 1968-1974 (co-edited 2010), and Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (co-authored 2008), which was the recipient of the 2009 Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy. 

Lackenbauer’s current research includes Arctic sovereignty and security practices since the Second World War, histories of the Joint Arctic Weather Station (JAWS) program and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, and community-based histories in partnership with the Kitikmeot Heritage Society. 

Lackenbauer has travelled extensively in the Canadian Arctic with the Canadian Rangers over the last decade, and is a passionate advocate for increased awareness of Arctic issues amongst southern Canadians.  

You can visit his website at http://www.lackenbauer.ca

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