Randy Widdis

Professor, Graduate Coordinator
PhD, Queen's

Office: Classroom Building 325.2
E-mail: Randy.Widdis@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4242
Fax: 306-585-4815

Research interests
Cultural-Historical Geography, Rural Geography, Population Geography, Philosophy and Methodology of Geography, Canada - United States borderland, cultural landscapes and heritage tourism,

EDUCATION

Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Ph.D.         1984
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, M.A.         1977
York University, Downsview, Ontario, B.A. (Hons.)    1975

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Cultural-Historical Geography
Rural Geography
Population Geography
Philosophy and Methodology of Geography
Canada and the United States

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Professor                               University of Regina         2000-
Associate Professor                University of Regina         1992-2000
Assistant Professor                 University of Regina         1986-1992
Sessional Lecturer and
Post-Doctoral Fellow                Queen's University          1984-1986 
Sessional Lecturer                   St. Mary's University        1983-1984
Sessional Lecturer                   University of Manitoba     1982-1983
Course Instructor                    Queen's University           1981-1982 (Summers)
Teaching Assistant                  Queen's University           1977-1982
Teaching Assistant                  McMaster University          1975-1977

COURSES TAUGHT AT PREVIOUS UNIVERSITIES

Introduction to Geography
Geography of the United States 
Historical Geography 
Geography of Canada 
Cultural Geography    
Human Geography    
Economic Geography
Philosophy and Techniques of Geography    

COURSES TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA

Historical Geography of the United States
Geography of the United States
Historical Geography of Canada
Geography of Canada
History and Philosophy of Geography
Historical-Cultural Geography
Population Geography
Human Geography
Rural Geography
Introduction to Geography (Physical & Human)
Saskatchewan Communication Network Introduction to Geography course 
(Satellite Television)
Techniques in Geography
Aboriginal Geography 
Seminar in Geographic Research
Directed Graduate Readings
(Historical Geography, Rural Planning, Behavioural Geography)

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS

Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands
Canadian Migration to the United States
American Migration to the Canadian Prairies
Cultural Landscapes of Saskatchewan
Rural Adaptation and Social Cohesion for Sustainable Development of the Prairies
Sustainable Heritage Tourism
Rural Development and Planning

PUBLICATIONS

Graduate Theses

Ph.D. Thesis: 
With Scarcely A Ripple: The Eastern Ontarian Immigrant Experience in Northern New York at the Turn of the Century
Dissertation Supervisor:  B.S. Osborne

M.A. Thesis:    
A Perspective on Land Tenure in Upper Canada:  A Study of Elizabethtown Township, 1790-1840
Supervisor:  R.L. Gentilcore

Current Book Project

R.W. Widdis, ‘Neighbours in Paradox: The Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands, 1784-1989' (anticipated date of completion - 2016).

Books

R.W. Widdis, Voices From ‘Next Year Country': An Oral History of Rural Saskatchewan (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2006).

J. Bukowczyk, N. Faires, D. Smith, and R. W. Widdis, Permeable Border:
The Great Lakes Basin as Transnational Region, 1650-1990 (Pittsburgh and Calgary: University of Pittsburgh Press and University of Calgary Press, 2005).

R.W. Widdis, With Scarcely A Ripple: Anglo-Canadian Migration into the United States and Western Canada, 1880-1920 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998) (paperback version published in 1999).

Edited Works

B.D. Thraves, A.H. Paul and R.W. Widdis, eds. The Estevan Papers: Proceedings of the 1995 Prairie CAG Meetings, Regina Geographical Studies Series, No. 6 (1997).

A.H. Paul and R.W. Widdis, eds., The Moose Mountain Papers: Studies by Prairie and Plains Geographers - Proceedings of the 1985 Prairie CAG Meeting, Regina Geographical Studies Series, No. 5 (1988).

Chapters in Books

R.W. Widdis, “The Spatial Grammar of Migration Within the Canadian-American Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” in A. Freund and B. Bryce, eds., Entangling North America: Space and Migration History (forthcoming 2014), 61-96.

R.W. Widdis, "Canadians Before 1870," in E. Barkan, ed. Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2013), 31-40.

R.W. Widdis, "American-Resident Migration to Western Canada at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," in G. Marchildon, ed. History of the Prairie West Series, Vol. 2: Immigration and Settlement, 1870-1939 (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2009), 347-372 (reprinted from Prairie Forum 22, 2, 1997, 237-62).

R.W. Widdis, "Saskatchewan's Cultural Landscapes," in Bernard Thraves, Marilyn Lewry, Janis Dale, and Hans-Georg Schlichtmann, eds., Saskatchewan Geographic Perspectives (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2007), 157-169.

R.W. Widdis, "The Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands, 1784-1989: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges," in Karl Froschauer, Nadine Fabbi, and Susan Pell, eds. Convergence and Divergence in North America: Canada and the United States (Burnaby: Centre for Canadian Studies, Simon Fraser University, 2006), 19-33.

R.W. Widdis, "I Walk the Line: Historical-Geographical Reflections of Canadian Borders and Borderlands," in Michèle Kaltemback and Marcienne Rocard, eds., Le Canada: Nouveaux défis / Canada Revisited (Toulouse, Editions Universitaires du Sud, 2005), 29-43.

R.W. Widdis, "Geography of Saskatchewan," in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2005), 379-388.

R.W. Widdis, "Migration and Urbanization: Some Historical Geographical Insights," in Marc St.-Hilaire et Richard Marcoux, dir., Population et urbanisation au Québec et au Canada, XIXe-XXe siècles (Cheminements) (Sainte-Foy: Centre interuniversitaire d'etudes québecoises, 2004), 12-18.

H. Diaz, R.W. Widdis and D.Gauthier, "Social Cohesion and the Rural Community," in Raymond Blake and Andrew Nurse, eds., The Trajectories of Rural Life: New Perspectives on Rural Life (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2003), 123-136.

R.W. Widdis, "Place, Placelessness and Placemaking as Evidenced in Saskatchewan's Cultural Landscape," in Peter Jonker, John Van Dall, Lawrence Baschak, and David Gauthier, eds., Caring for Home Place: Protected Areas and Landscape Ecology (Saskatoon and Regina: University Extension Press and Canadian Plains Research Center, 1997), 19-27.

R.W. Widdis, "Saskatchewan: The Present Cultural Landscape," in Henry Epp. ed., Three Hundred Prairie Years: Henry Kelsey's Inland Country of Good Report (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 1993), 142-57.

R.W. Widdis, "A Canadian Geographer's Perspective on the Canada-United States Border," in Donald Janelle, ed., Geographical Snapshots of North America, Commemorating the 27th Congress of the International Geographical Union and Assembly (New York: Guilford Press, 1992), 45-48.

R.W. Widdis, "`We Breathe the Same Air': Eastern Ontarian Migration to Watertown, New York in the late nineteenth century," in Wendell Tripp, ed., Coming and Becoming: Pluralism in New York State History (Cooperstown: New York State Historical Association, 1991), 227-46. (reprinted from New York History LXVIII, 3, 1987).

R.W. Widdis, "Tracing Property Ownership in Nineteenth Century Ontario: A Guide to Archival Sources," in Donald H. Akenson ed., Canadian Papers in Rural History, Vol. 2 (Gananoque: Langdale Press, 1980), 83-102.

Articles in Refereed Journals

R.W. Widdis, "Looking Through the Mirror: A Historical Geographical View of the Canadian-American Borderlands,” (forthcoming The Journal of Borderland Studies, 2014)

R.W. Widdis, "'Across A Hundred Torrents': The Changing Geography of Marine Trade in the Great Lakes Borderland During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," Annals, The Association of American Geographers 101, 2 (2011), 356-379.

R.W. Widdis, "Crossing an Intellectual and Geographical Border: The Importance of Migration in Shaping the Canadian-American Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Social Science History 34, 4 (2010), 445-497.

R.W. Widdis, "Globalization, Globalization and the Canadian West as Region: A Geographer's View," Acadiensis XXXV, 2 (2006), 129-37.

R.W. Widdis, L. Dale-Burnett, C. Greenham, "Looking Back at Cohesion," Prairie Forum 30, 3 (2005), 253-88.

R.W. Widdis, "The Murals of Moose Jaw: Commodification or Articulation of the Past?," Historical Geography 28 (2000), 244-62.

R.W. Widdis, "American-Resident Migration to Western Canada At The Turn of the Twentieth Century," Prairie Forum 22, 2 (1997), 237-62.

R.W. Widdis, "Borders, Borderlands and Canadian Identity: A Canadian Perspective," International Journal of Canadian Studies 15 (Spring 1997), 49-66.

R.W. Widdis. "Borderland Interaction in the International Region of the Great Plains: An Historic-Geographical Perspective," Great Plains Research 7, 1 (1997), 103-37.

R.W. Widdis, "Saskatchewan Bound: Migration to a New Canadian Frontier," Great Plains Quarterly, 12, 4 (1992), 254-68.

R.W. Widdis, "Generations, Mobility and Persistence: A View From Genealogies," Histoire Sociale 25, 49 (1992), 125-50.

R.W. Widdis, "Belleville and Environs: Continuity, Change and the Integration of Town and Country During the Nineteenth Century," Urban History Review XIX, 1 (1991), 181-208.

R.W. Widdis, "An Evaluation of Canadian Border Crossing Records in the Study of American-Resident Migration to the Canadian West," Bulletin, The Association of North Dakota Geographers 39 (Grand Forks: University of North Dakota Department of Geography, 1989), 18-35.

R.W. Widdis, "Tracing Eastern Ontarian Emigrants to New York State, 1880-1910," Ontario History LXXXI, 3 (1989), 201-23.

R.W. Widdis, "Scale and Context: Approaches to the Study of Canadian Migration Patterns in the Nineteenth Century," Social Science History 12, 3 (1988), 269-303.

R.W. Widdis, "`We Breathe the Same Air': Eastern Ontarian Migration to Watertown, New York in the late nineteenth century," New York History LXVIII, 3 (1987), 261-80.

R.W. Widdis, "With Scarcely A Ripple: English Canadians in Northern New York At The Beginning of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Historical Geography 13, 2 (1987), 169-92.

R.W. Widdis, "Speculation and the Surveyor: An Analysis of the Role Played by Surveyors in the Settlement of Upper Canada," Histoire Sociale 15, 30 (1982), 443-58.

R.W. Widdis, "Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte: An Evaluation of Genealogical Source Data in the Study of Migration," The Canadian Geographer XXVII, 3 (1982), 273-82.

R.W. Widdis, "Science and Humanism in Geography: The Dilemma of the Dialectic," Ontario Geography 15 (1980), 53-64.

R.W. Widdis, "Motivation and Scale: A Method of Identifying Land Speculators in Upper Canada," The Canadian Geographer, XXIII, 4 (1979), 337-51.

Encyclopedia Entries

M. Lewry, W.O. Archibold, R.W. Widdis, "Geographic education and research," in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2005), 377.

R.W. Widdis, "American Immigration to Saskatchewan," in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2005), 55-56.

R.W. Widdis, "The Forty Ninth Parallel," in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 2005), 351-352.

R.W. Widdis, "Canadians, Anglophone," in The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), 253-254.

R.W. Widdis, "Canada," in The Encyclopedia of New York State (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2005), 251-252.

R.W. Widdis. "Anglo-Canadians," in David Wishart, ed., Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004): 226-227.

R.W. Widdis, "The Forty Ninth Parallel," in David Wishart, ed., Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004): 665-666.

R.W. Widdis, "Regina," in David Wishart, ed., Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004): 179.

R.W. Widdis, "Saskatoon," in David Wishart, ed., Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004): 183.

R.W. Widdis, "Hinterland," in Neil L. Shumsky, ed., American Cities and Suburbs: An Encyclopedia (New York: ABC-Clio, 1998), 341-42.

Technical Reports

R.W. Widdis, "Philosophical and Practical Reflections on Ethnocultural Commemoration and Heritage in Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan Ethnocultural Communities Commemoration Workshop (Historic Sites and Monument Board/Parks Canada, 2003).

D.A. Gauthier, R.W. Widdis and M. Lewry, An Historical Ecological Review of Agricultural Activities in Grasslands National Park and Region, 1870-1930 (report to Parks Canada, Prairie and Northern Region, Winnipeg, 1993).

Book Reviews

A Book Review of: Patrick McGreevy, Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the Shaping of America (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009) for The Canadian Geographer 54, 2 (2010), 257-58.

A Book Review of: Stephen J. Hornsby and John G. Reid, eds. New England and the Maritime Provinces: Connections and Comparisons (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005) for The American Review of Canadian Studies 37, 3 (2007), 406.

A Book Review of: Mika Roinila, The Finnish Immigrant Experience in North America, 1880-2000: Studies in Cultural Geography (Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edward Mellen Press, 2006) for The Canadian Geographer 51, 2 (2007), 252-54.

A Book Review of: Yossi Katz and John C. Lehr, The Last Best West (Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, 1999) for Prairie Forum 27, 2 (2002), 272-75.

A Book Review of: R. Bruce Shepard, Deemed Unsuitable: Blacks from Oklahoma Move to the Canadian Prairies in Search of Equality in the Early 20th Century Only to Find Racism in their New Home (Toronto: Umbrella Press, 1997) for Prairie Forum 23, 1 (1998), 138-40.

A Book Review of: Dean L. May, Three Frontiers: Family, Land, and Society in the American West, 1850-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994) for Utah Historical Quarterly 63, 4 (1995), 379-81.

A Book Review of: Eric Ross, Full of Hope and Promise: The Canadas in 1841 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991) for The Canadian Geographer 37, 4 (1993), 378-9.

A Book Review of: Guy M. Robinson, ed., A Social Geography of Canada: essays in honour of J. Wreford Watson (Edinburgh: North British Publishing, 1988) for Great Plains Research, Vol. 3, 1 (1993), 135-7.

A Book Review of: John Welsted, John Everitt and Christoph Stadel, eds., Brandon: Geographical Perspectives on the Wheat City (Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1988) for Urban History Review XVIII, 3 (1990), 265-7.

Book Reviews of Bernard Bailyn, The Peopling of British North America (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986), Voyagers to the West (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986) for New York History LXX, 1 (1989), 119-22.

Articles in Non-Refereed Publications

R.W. Widdis, "Exodus: The Canadians Who Moved South," Kingston Whig Standard Magazine (March 9, 1985).

Collaborative Research

The Community and Population Health Research Training Program (CAPHR), Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan (2002-2008)

Social Cohesion Project, University of Regina (1999-2003)

Prairie Ecosystem Study (PECOS), Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan (1994-98)

CIDA Project, Universities of Regina and La Serena, Chile (1991)

Presentations at Learned Societies

Nov. 2013       “The Spatial Grammar of Canadian-American Borderlands,” ACSUS (Association for Canadian Studies in the United States) 2013 Biennial Meeting, Tampa, USA

Aug. 2012       “Aboriginal Heritage Tourism and “The Tourist Gaze’: The Case of Wanuskewin Heritage Park,” International Conference of Historical Geographers, Prague, Czech Republic.

Sept. 2011 "Negotiating the Evolution of Canadian Borders and Canadian-American Borderlands: An Historical Approach," Borderland Regions in Transition Conference XI, Geneva, Switzerland and Grenoble, France.

April 2010 "'Across A Hundred Torrents': The Changing Geography of Marine Trade in the Great Lakes Borderland During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries,"Association of Borderlands Studies Conference, Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Reno, Nevada.

Sept. 2009 "The Changing Geography of American Investment in Urban Canada, 1880-1950," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers Prairie Division, Russell, Manitoba.

June 2008 "Looking at Saskatchewan Through a Liminal Lens," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Québec City, Québec.

Jan. 2008 "Mapping the Evolution of the Canadian-American Borderlands," Borderland Regions in Transition Conference IX, Victoria, B.C. and Bellingham, WA.

May 2007 "The Great Plains and Prairies As Transnational Region," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Apr. 2007 "The Configuration and Reconfiguration of the Canadian American Borderlands," The Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Aug. 2006 "Conceptualizing and Mapping the Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands," International Conference of Historical Geographers, Hamburg, Germany

Sept. 2005 with Brian S. Osborne, "Landscapes, Inscapes, and Georegions: An Historical Geographical Perspective on Saskatchewan's Proscapes," Saskatchewan Centennial History Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan

June 2005 with Kim Turchenek, "Mapping the Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

May 2005 "Globalization, Globalization and the Canadian West as Region: A Geographer's View," Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Apr. 2005 "'An Interval of Resonance': The Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands, 1784-1989," The Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado

Oct. 2004 "The Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands, 1784-1989: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges," Convergence and Divergence in North America Colloquium, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia

Mar. 2004 "I Walk the Line: Historical Geographical Reflections on Canadian Borders and Borderlands," Revisiting Canada's Borderlands Conference, Toulouse, France

Apr. 2003 "Moving North, Moving South: Cross-Border Migration Within the Canadian-American Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Association, Las Vegas, Nevada

Feb. 2003 "Theoretical and Conceptual Challenges Facing the Canadian-American Borderlands Scholar," Annual Meeting of the Eastern Historical Geographers Association, St. Augustine, Florida

Aug. 2001 Organizer and Discussant for the session entitled "Borderland Reflections: The Next Generation," International Historical Geographers' Conference, Québec City, Québec

Nov. 1999 "The Canadian-American Borderlands: An Historical-Geographical Perspective," X Reunion of North American Scholars of Mexico, Fort Worth, Texas

Mar. 1999 "Border Crossings: Regional Dimensions of Migration Within the Canadian-American Borderlands at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," The Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii

Oct. 1998 "Migration Within the International Region of the Plains and Prairies," The Western Literature Association and the Canadian Association for American Studies Joint Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta

Aug. 1997 "The Murals of Moose Jaw: Commodification or Articulation of the Past?," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland

Apr. 1997 "Space, Place and Justice: A Geographical Perspective," The Justice Agenda: Entering the Next Millennium, School of Human Justice 20th Anniversary Celebration and Colloquium, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan

Oct. 1996 "Canadian Destinies: Longitudinal Approaches to the Study of Intracontinental Anglo-Canadian Migration," Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, New Orleans, Louisiana

Sept. 1996 "Place and Placelessness As Evidenced in Saskatchewan's Cultural Landscape," Caring for Home Place Conference ‘96, Regina, Saskatchewan

May 1996 "Charting the Invisible Voyagers: Strategies for Tracing Intra-continental Anglo-Canadian Migration During the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Apr. 1996 "Borderland Interaction in the International Region of the Great Plains: An Historic-Geographical Perspective," 20th Anniversary Interdisciplinary Symposium, The Center for Great Plains Studies, Lincoln, Nebraska

Nov. 1995 "A Genealogical Window into a Largely Invisible Migration," Biennial Meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Seattle, Washington

Nov. 1993 "Red River Bound: Anglo-Canadian Migration to the Eastern North Dakota at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Annual Meeting of the Social Science Historical Association, Baltimore, Maryland

June 1993 with D.A. Gauthier and M. Lewry, "Terrae Incognitae: Recreating the Historical Environment of Grasslands National Park," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

Aug. 1992 "Migration to a Canadian Frontier: A Tracing Strategy," Eighth International Conference on Historical Geographers, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Nov. 1991 "The Present Cultural Landscape," The Kelsey Tri-Centennial Conference: An Exploration of Saskatchewan's Heritage, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Nov. 1991 "Understanding Anglo-Canadian Migration to the United States: A Canadian Perspective," Canadian Migration to Michigan and the Great Lakes Region: A Sharing of Cultures Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

June 1991 "A Geographical Analysis of the Rural Development Corporation Program in Saskatchewan," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

May 1991 "In Search of the Invisible Immigrant: Anglophone Canadian Migration to the United States," Facing North/Facing South Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Oct. 1990 "Canadian Border Crossing and Homestead Records As Data Sources for Saskatchewan Migration Research," Annual Meeting of American Geographers Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Division, Kearney, Nebraska

Oct. 1990 "Saskatchewan Bound: American Migration to a New Canadian Frontier," Annual Meeting of the Eastern Historical Geographers Association, Quebec City, Quebec

Apr. 1990 "Sharing the North American Continent: Sources, Methods and Approaches to the Study of Intracontinental Migration During the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Toronto, Ontario

Sept. 1989 "An Evaluation of Canadian Border Crossing Records in the Study of American Migration to the Canadian West," combined meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers Prairie Division and the Association of North Dakota Geographers, Minot, North Dakota

May 1989 "Belleville and Environs: Continuity, Change and the Integration of Town and Country During the Nineteenth Century," The Nineteenth Century Canadian City: Internal Change and External Links, a conference hosted by the Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh

Nov. 1988 "A `Damnably Difficult Task': Comparing Nineteenth Century Quintean Persisters and Movers," Annual Meeting of the Social Science Historical Association, Chicago, Illinois

Oct. 1987 "The Role of Mobility in a Developing Ontario Community: A Genealogical Approach," Annual Meeting of the Social Science Historical Association, New Orleans, Louisiana

Oct. 1986 "An Application of the Ravenstein Model to Canadian Out-Migrants, 1880-1900," Annual Meeting of the Social Science Historical Association, St. Louis, Missouri

June 1986 "Inheritance, Land Transfer and Mobility in the Bay of Quinte Region, 1780-1900: A Genealogical Approach," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Sept. 1985 "Genealogical Sources in Canadian Mobility Research: Some Preliminary Findings," Meeting of the Eastern Historical Geography Association, Castine, Maine

Sept. 1984 "Canadians in Upper New York State: A Case Study of International Migration," Combined Meeting of the Ontario Historical Geographers and the Eastern Historical Geography Association, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

May 1983 "Canadian Emigration to the United States: A Prosopographical Approach," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 1982 "With Scarcely A Ripple: Canadians in Watertown, New York at the Turn of the Century," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Université d'Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario (session organizer)

Aug. 1981 "Speculation and the Surveyor," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Newfoundland

Oct. 1978 "Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte: Migration to and From A Canadian Frontier," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, Toronto, Ontario

May 1977 "Property Transfer and Persistence in Upper Canada: A Guide to Archival Sources," Spring Meeting of the Ontario Historical Geographers, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario

Oct. 1976 "A Technique for Identifying Land Speculators in Upper Canada," Fall Meeting of the Ontario Historical Geographers, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

May 1976 "Land Utilization and Socio-Economic Data from the Nineteenth Century Assessment and Census Rolls," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Université de Laval, Québec City, Québec

Invited Scholarly Presentations at Other Universities/INSTITUTIONS

Oct. 2013 “More Than Meets the Eye: The Cultural Landscapes of Saskatchewan,” Keynote Speaker for CIRPA (Canadian Institutional Research Planning Association) Annual Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan

Oct. 2012 “Figuring, Configuring and Reconfiguring: Some Reflections on Borderlands, Transnationalism and Migration,” Borderlands and Transnationalism: New Perspectives on Immigration in Canada and the United States Workshop, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Oct. 2012 “The Mosaic vs. the Melting Pot? Myths and Realities of Cultural Pluralism in Canada and the United States,” roundtable discussion as part of the Borderlands and Transnationalism: New Perspectives on Immigration in Canada and the United States Workshop, York University, Toronto, Ontario

June 2010 "Looking Through the Mirror: Historical Geographical Reflections On Our Common Border," Borderlines/Borderlands: Culture and the Canada-U.S. International Boundary, A Symposium Sponsored by The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Embassy of Canada together with the provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Québec, Washington, D.C.

Jan. 2010 "Re-Imagining the Canada-United States Border: A Postmodern Historical Geographical Perspective," Re-Imagining the Canada-United States Border: Designing Public Policy for an Uncertain Future Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Feb. 2007 "Toward A Historical Geography of the Canadian-American Borderlands: Theoretical, Conceptual and Methodological Issues," Keynote Speaker for Unbounding Spaces and Places Seminar, part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Series on Globalizing the Americas: World Economies and Local Communities, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

Aug. 2004 "Decoding Saskatchewan's Cultural Landscapes," University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

May 1999 "Borders, Borderlands and Canadian Identity," University of Western Washington, Bellingham, Washington

May 1999 "Borders, Borderlands and Canadian Identity," University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Apr. 1999 "Migration and Urbanization: Some Historical Geographical Insights," Laval University, Québec City, Québec.

Oct. 1996 "Borderland Interaction in the International Region of the Great Plains," University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Oct. 1996 "Saskatchewan: The Present Cultural Landscape," University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Feb. 1988 "Anglo-Canadian Migration to the United States: A Historical-Geographical Approach," Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba.

Oct. 1987 "Exodus: The Canadians Who Moved South," University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Distinctions, Honours, Fellowships, Scholarships

SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2013-2019 ($3,890,000 - co-applicant)

Awarded Visiting Scholar Stipendiary Fellowship, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University, Winter Term 2011.

Association of Borderland Studies Nomination Award, 2008.

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 2008 ($3,000 - sole investigator)

The Albert B. Corey Prize (shared with three co-authors), awarded biennially by the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association for "the best book on Canadian-American relations or on the history of both countries," 2006

The Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers John Warkentin Award for Scholarly Contribution to the Geographical Study of the Western Interior, 2004

SSHRC Research Grant, 2002-2005 ($54,000 - sole investigator)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 2001 ($5,000 - sole investigator)

2 University of Regina Transdisciplinary Project Grants, 2001 ($3,000 - co-holder)

Nominated for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize by the Canadian Historical Association, 1999

Nominated for the Sharlin Award by the Social Science Historical Association, 1999

SSHRC Strategic Theme Grant on Social Cohesion, 1999-2004 ($495,000 - co-investigator)

James J. Hill Research Grant, 1999 ($2,500 U.S. - sole investigator)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1998 ($3,500 - sole investigator)

Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (elected 1998)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1997 ($5,000 - sole investigator)

Associate Fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies (elected 1997)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1996. ($5,000 - sole investigator)

Tri-Council Green Plan Eco-Research Grant 1994-1996 ($200,000 - co-investigator)

President of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers, 1994-95

Fulbright Fellowship, 1994 (awarded April 1993) ($16,500 U.S.)

SSHRC Operational Grant, 1992-1993 ($5,000 - sole investigator)

AUCC-CIDA Microfund Planning Mission Grant, 1992 ($10,000 - co-investigator)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1992. ($3,500 - sole investigator)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1991. ($5,000 - sole investigator)

Association for Canadian Studies Writing Award, 1991-1994. ($1,500)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1990 ($5,000 - sole investigator)

SSHRC Research Grant, 1989-1992 ($17,000 - sole investigator)

President's SSHRC General Research Grant, 1989 ($5000)

Paul S. Kerr Award for the best article in New York History, 1987 ($1,000 U.S.)

SSHRC Research Stipend, 1986-1987 ($15,000 - sole investigator)

SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellowship, 1986-1988 (declined)

SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellowship, 1984-1986 ($24,000)

Queen's Research Stipend, 1984

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1981-1982

Queen's University Scholarship, 1980-1981

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 1979-1980

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1978-1979

Queen's Graduate Scholarship, 1977-1978

Ontario Scholar, 1971

Graduate Theses Supervised (or co-supervised)

Canart, Christina, 2012, “Farmers’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Government Programming at the Ground Level: A Manitoba-Saskatchewan Case Study Comparison, M.A., Department of Geography, University of Regina

Dale-Burnett, Lisa, 2002, "Change and Adaptation in the Palliser Triangle," Ph.D., Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina

Gerlach, Loretta, 2001, "Inner City Community Development: Strategy for Evolution," M.A., Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina

Indome, Alberta, 1999. M.A. "Changes in Farmers' Farm Operations in Southern Saskatchewan, 1970s-1990s," M.A., Department of Geography, University of Regina

Phillips, Lana, 1998. M.A. "Women and Planning: Towards A Safe Urban Environment," Department of Geography, University of Regina

Ofosuhene, Maxwell, 1998, M.A. "A Comparison of Community Development Strategies in Rural North Dakota and Rural Saskatchewan," Department of Geography, University of Regina

Herman, Laura, 1996, M.Sc., "Perceptions of Organic Farming in Saskatchewan," Department of Geography, University of Regina

Addo, Edward, 1992, M.A., "A Geographical Analysis of the Rural Development Corporation's Programme in Saskatchewan," Department of Geography, University of Regina

Luti, Mike Ogaah, 1992, M.A., "A Geographical Analysis of the Delivery of Medical Services in Rural Saskatchewan: A Case Study of the Prince Albert Region," Department of Geography, University of Regina.

Boyd, Stephen, 1989, M.A., "Prairie Bound: A Geographical Investigation of German, Scandinavian, and Canadian-Born Settlement in Southern Saskatchewan, 1896-1930," Department of Geography, University of Regina.

MEMBERSHIP ON GRADUATE THESIS COMMITTEES

- seven Ph.D

- five Masters

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Royal Geographical Society of Canada
Canadian Association of Geographers 
Association of American Geographers (1980-1999)
Prairie Division of Canadian Association of Geographers (President - 1994-1996)
Social Science History Association (1986-1999)
Institute of British Geographers Historical Geographers Research Group
Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (2000-2005)
Association of Canadian Studies
Association for Borderlands Studies

Media-Related Work

CBC Saskatchewan Morning Radio Show, Fall 2008 - several television and radio interviews with local media

Review Work

Book and article assessments for McGill-Queen's University Press, University of Manitoba Press, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, The Canadian Geography, Ontario History, Prairie Forum, New York History, Great Plains Quarterly