Michel S. Beaulieu (2016)

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu

Chair and Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8341
Office Location: 
Ryan Building 3021
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 12 to 2 pm or by appointment
Academic Qualifications: 
Date joined Lakehead: 
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Michel S. Beaulieu, PhD, CAHP teaches a wide variety of courses covering his professional experience and major and minor areas of training. Recently, these have included undergraduate and graduate courses on Applied and Public history, Canadian history, Ontario History, Northern Ontario, comparative colonial North America, and transnational labour and political history. He also teaches the first year Making of the Modern World and fourth year Community Placement courses. At the graduate level, he teaches and supervises students in the MA History program, the MES in Northern Environments and Cultures, and the PhD in Forest Sciences

Outside of Lakehead, Beaulieu is currently an Associate at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, and a practicing heritage specialist holding a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). Beaulieu has previously held Visiting Professorships at the University of Helsinki and McMaster University and been a Visiting Lecturer at the International Summer School in Karelia, Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation  Click here for more information on past positions.

Beaulieu serves in leadership roles and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of regional, provincial, national, and international organizations. Currently, these include President, Alumni Association of Lakehead University; President, Canadian International Council - Thunder Bay Branch; President, The Champlain Society; Vice President, the Ontario Historical Society; Vice-President, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society; Board of Directors of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario; and an Executive Member of the Archives Association of Ontario - Northwestern Ontario Archivist's Association.

Since 2015, Beaulieu has been the co-editor of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's peer-reviewed journal Papers & RecordsHe is also serves on the International Advisory Committee for Faravid: Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja [Journal for Historical Research and Archaeological Studies] published out of Oulu University, Finland.

Research Interests: 

Beaulieu's research generally explores the historical political, economic, and social issues relating to northern and remote communities in Canada and the circumpolar north. Current projects include a history of politics and development in Northwestern Ontario between 1935 and 2000 and a comparative study on sustainable community development in Northern Ontario, Finland, and Uruguay funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Past research has focused on early Canadian labour and socialist organizations operating in Northwestern Ontario and film and media history.  See his Publications and Film & Media pages for how the resulting research has been mobilized.