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: 
Spring and Summer by appointment.Fall: Tue 12 to 2 pm or by appointment
Academic Qualifications: 
Date joined Lakehead: 
Previous Teaching/Work: 

I teach a wide variety of courses for the Department of History and Northern Studies on the history of the Canadian, Ontario, and circumpolar north. I also frequently teach courses that cover my professional experience and major and minor areas of training. These include, but are not limited to: Public History, modern Canada, colonial North America, history of socialism/labour, political history, and film and media history. At the graduate level, I teach and supervise students in the MA History program, the MES in Northern Environments and Cultures, and the PhD in Forest Sciences.

I am currently an Associate at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Beginning in July 2017, I returned as Chair of the Department, having served in that capacity between 2012 and 2016. 

Research Interests: 

My research is wide-ranging, but generally deals with the historical political, economic, and social issues relating to northern and remote communities in Canada and the circumpolar north. I am currently undertaking research on the 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 my Publications and Film & Media pages for how the resulting research has been mobilized.

Community and Professional Activities:
I currently both volunteer and sit on the Board of Directors of a number of regional, provincial, national, and international organizations. These include, but are not limited to: