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Originally posted in UW’s Daily Bulletin

BSIA faculty member and St. Jerome’s University History professor Whitney Lackenbauer has been selected as the 2017-18 Killam Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary. The Killam Visiting Scholar Program annually selects a distinguished scholar to come to the University of Calgary and make “a significant contribution to academic life”, while participating in research and teaching programs of the host department, as well as engaging in their own research.

In Lackenbauer’s case, this means pursuing his active research program on historical and contemporary Arctic affairs, guest lecturing in various courses in history, political science, and anthropology, as well as giving public lectures, organizing and participating in workshops, and organizing an international conference on Canada-Russia Arctic relations, which will be held in winter 2018. Lackenbauer is on sabbatical from St. Jerome’s University and the BSIA for the 2017-18 academic year, while in this role.

“This release from my regular teaching and service obligations is facilitating an exciting range of research activities,” Lackenbauer explains, who already has nine books and sixteen articles, and book chapters either published in 2017 or slated for publication by the end of this year.

“Professor Lackenbauer is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading experts on Arctic history and politics,” says Canada Research Chair Petra Dolata, his host at the University of Calgary. “Although relatively young (43 years old), he has received a long list of honours, awards, and grants for his scholarship. His exceptional work reflects a deep commitment to academic, policy, political, and community-level engagement, and his leadership in shaping scholarly and policy debates through award-winning interdisciplinary research makes him a most worthy candidate for this appointment.”

Through his research program asking “What Kind of Security for the Arctic?” Professor Lackenbauer will collaborate with University of Calgary colleagues to establish new frameworks for investigating and understanding the changing security landscape in the Arctic.