Campus: Waterloo
Office: STJ 3008
Email: pwlacken@uwaterloo.ca

P. Whitney Lackenbauer is a professor and chair of the department of history at St. Jerome’s University (University of Waterloo).

His main research areas include northern/circumpolar history, Native-Newcomer relations, war and society, Canadian foreign policy, Canadian political history, and Canadian public policy.

His current research projects include histories of the Joint Arctic Weather Station (JAWS) program from 1946-72, the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line, Canadian sovereignty and security in the Cold War Arctic, Operation Gauntlet: The Canadian-Led Evacuation of Spitsbergen, The Army and the Arctic: (Re)Learning the Lessons since 1946, and a transnational comparison of indigenous peoples during the Second World War.

His books include:

  • Blockades or Breakthroughs? First Nations Confront the Canadian State, 1970-2007 (Montreal & Kingston: McGill Queen’s University Press, 2014, edited with Yale Belanger).
  • A Historical and Legal Study of Sovereignty in the Canadian North, 1870-1942, by Gordon W. Smith (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2014, edited).
  • The Canadian Rangers: A Living History (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).
  • Vigilans: An Illustrated History of 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (Yellowknife: 1 CRPG, 2014).
  • The Canadian Rangers: A Living History (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).
  • Canada’s Rangers: Selected Stories, 1942-2012 (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2013, edited).
  • Canada and the Changing Arctic: Sovereignty, Security and Stewardship.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011.
  • Canada and Arctic Sovereignty and Security: Historical Perspectives (Calgary: Centre for Military and Strategic Studies/University of Calgary Press, 2011, edited).
  • A Commemorative History of Aboriginal People in the Canadian Military (Ottawa: Department of National Defence, 2010, with John Moses, Scott Sheffield, and Maxime Gohier).
  • The Canadian Forces and Arctic Sovereignty: Debating Roles, Interests, and Requirements, 1968-1974 (Waterloo: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, 2010, co-edited with Peter Kikkert).
  • Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North (Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2008, co-authored with Ken Coates, Bill Morrison, and Greg Poelzer). Winner of the 2009 Donner Prize for best book on public policy in Canada.
  • Battle Grounds: The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007).
  • Aboriginal Peoples and Military Participation: Canadian and International Perspectives (Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2007, co-edited with Craig Mantle and Scott Sheffield).
  • Aboriginal Peoples and the Canadian Military: Historical Perspectives (Kingston: CDA Press, 2007, co-edited with Craig Mantle).
  • Kurt Meyer on Trial: A Documentary Record (Kingston: CDA Press, 2007, with Chris Madsen).
  • The Hidden Pierre Elliott Trudeau: The Faith Behind the Politics (Ottawa: Novalis, 2004, co-edited with Richard Gwyn and John English).
  • An Inside Look at External Affairs During the Trudeau Years: The Memoirs of Mark MacGuigan (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2002, editor, foreword by Paul Martin).
  • Mackenzie King: Citizenship and Community (Toronto: Robin Brass Studio, 2002, co-edited with John English and Kenneth McLaughlin.)

Lackenbauer’s recent articles and book chapters include:

  • “The Dog in the Manger – and Letting Sleeping Dogs Lie: The United States, Canada and the Sector Principle, 1924-1955.’” The Arctic Ocean: Essays in Honour of Donat Pharand. Edited by Suzanne Lalonde and Ted McDorman. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming Fall 2014. (With Peter Kikkert.)
  • “Premier Partners: Canada, the United States and Arctic Security.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (forthcoming Fall 2014).       (With Rob Huebert.)
  • “Archipelagic Analogs? Indonesian Baselines, Canadian Arctic Sovereignty, and the Framing of Mental Maps, 1957-62.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 50 (forthcoming Fall 2014). (With Peter Kikkert.)
  • “Asian States and the Arctic: National Perspectives on Regional Governance.” The Handbook of the Politics of the Arctic. Edited by Geir Hønnelan. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2014. (With James Manicom.)
  • “‘The War Will Be Won When the Last Low-Level Flying Happens Here in Our Home’: Innu Opposition to Low-Level Flying in Labrador” in Blockades or Breakthroughs? First Nations Confront the Canadian State ed. Yale Belanger and P.W. Lackenbauer. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. 119-65.
  • “A Bridge Too Far? The Oka Crisis” in Blockades or Breakthroughs? First Nations Confront the Canadian State ed. Yale Belanger and P.W. Lackenbauer. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. 166-221.
  • “The Tragedy of Ipperwash” in Blockades or Breakthroughs? First Nations Confront the Canadian State ed. Yale Belanger and P.W. Lackenbauer. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. 253-313. (With Victor Gulewitsch.)
  • “The Gustafsen Lake Standoff” in Blockades or Breakthroughs? First Nations Confront the Canadian State ed. Yale Belanger and P.W. Lackenbauer. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014. 314-55. (With Nick Shrubsole.)
  • “Sovereignty, Security, and Arctic Development.” Invited Homeward Bound commentary, Journal of Ocean Technology 9, no. 2 (summer 2014). (With Adam Lajeunesse.)
  • “Canadian Responses to Asian Interests in the Arctic.” Invited commentary for Asia Policy 18 (July 2014).
  • “Canada’s Northern Strategy and East Asian Interests in the Arctic” in East- Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security and International Politics ed. Ken Coates and Kimie Hara. Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014. 78-117. (With James Manicom.)
  • “East Asian States and the Pursuit of Arctic Council Membership” in East- Asia-Arctic Relations: Boundary, Security and International Politics ed. Ken Coates and Kimie Hara. Waterloo: Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2014. 199-216. (With James Manicom.)
  • “Baptism by Ottoman Fire: Newfoundland, Memory, and the Gallipoli Campaign.” In Gallipoli: History, Memory and National Imagination ed. Mehdi Ilhan. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu (Turkish Historical Society), 2014. 101-140.
  • “Leading From Above: The Royal Canadian Air Force and the Evolving Arctic Security Environment.” Guest editorial, Airforce Magazine (Winter 2014), 1-2.
  • “India’s Emerging Arctic Interests.” Arctic Yearbook 2013 ed. Lassi Heininen. Akureyri, Iceland: University of the Arctic/Northern Research Forum, 2013. 1-24.
  • “Mirror Images? Canada, Russia, and the Circumpolar World.” In The Fast-Changing Maritime Arctic: Defence and Security Challenges in a Warmer World ed. Barry Scott Zellen. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2013. 257-80.
  • “Sovereignty and Security in the Canadian North: (Re)Learning the Lessons.” Canadian Issues/Thèmes canadiens (Association for Canadian Studies) (Winter 2013), 7-9.
  • “The Military as Nation-Builder: The Case of the Canadian North — The 2013 Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture in Military and Strategic Studies,” Journal of Military and Strategic Studies 15/1 (Summer 2013): 1-32.
  • “The Chinese Pole,” Policy Options 34, no.4 (April-May 2013): 12-15. (With James Manicom.)
  • “Sentinels of Sovereignty: How the Canadian Rangers came to be the shadow army of the North,” Canada’s History (formerly The Beaver) (April/May 2013): 48-50.
  • “The Canadian Rangers: Supporting Canadian Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship since 1947,” Above and Beyond: Canada’s Arctic Journal (September/October 2012): 31-36. [In-flight magazine for First Air.]
  • “Sovereignty for Hire: Civilian Contractors and the Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line”in De-Icing Required: The Canadian Air Force’s Experience in the Arctic ed. P.W. Lackenbauer and W.A. March.       Sic Itur Ad Astra: Canadian Aerospace Power Studies Series No.4. Trenton: Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre, 2012. 95-112. (With Daniel Heidt.)
  • “Inuit-Air Force Relations in the Qikiqtani Region during the Early Cold War” in De-Icing Required: The Canadian Air Force’s Experience in the Arctic, ed. P.W. Lackenbauer and W.A. March. Sic Itur Ad Astra: Canadian Aerospace Power Studies Series No.4. Trenton: Canadian Forces Air Warfare Centre, 2012. 73-94. (With Ryan Shackleton.)
  • “Setting an Arctic Course: Task Force 80 and Canadian Control in the Arctic, 1948,” The Northern Mariner 21/4 (October 2011): 327-58. (With Peter Kikkert.)
  • “Polar Race or Polar Saga? Canada and the Circumpolar World,” in Arctic Security in an Age of Climate Change ed. James Kraska (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 218-43.
  • “Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian Rangers: Canada’s ‘Eyes and Ears’ in Northern and Isolated Communities,” in Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Vol. 2 ed. Cora Voyageur et al (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011): 306-28.
  • “Sovereignty and Security: The Department of External Affairs, the United States, and Arctic Sovereignty, 1945-68,” in In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009, ed. Greg Donaghy and Michael Carroll (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011): 101-20. (With Peter Kikkert.)

Recent graduate theses completed under his supervision are:

  • Sheau Lih Vong, “Northern Visions: Inuit Health Care, Vocational Training, and Social Change, 1950-1960” (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2014)
  • Thirstan Falconer, “Governing the ‘Government Party’: Liberal Party of Canada Leadership Conventions of 1948, 1958 and 1968” (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2012).
  • Philip Isard, “Northern Vision: Northern Development during the Diefenbaker Era” (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2010).
  • Peter Kikkert, “Pragmatism and Cooperation: Canadian-American Defence Activities in the Arctic, 1945-1951″ (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2009).
  • Michael Paiva, “Surmounting Trade Barriers: American Protectionism and the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement” (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2009).
  • Daniel Heidt, “From Bayonets to Stilettos to UN Resolutions: The Development of Howard Green’s Views Regarding War” (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2008).
  • Matthew Capel, “‘Damned If They Do And Damned If They Don’t’: The Inferiority Complex, Nationalism, and Maclean’s Music Coverage, 1967-1995″ (M.A., University of Waterloo, 2007).

For more information, you can visit his personal website at www.lackenbauer.ca