James Pitsula


Office: AH.334
E-mail: James.Pitsula@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4212
Fax: 306-585-4827

Current classes
WINTER 2013 - History 202 - Canada from World War II to the Present; History 307 - Social History of the 'Sixties' in North America: FALL 2013 - History 202 - Canada from World War II to the Present; History 406/806 - Canada and World War I

Research interests
Canadian history; nineteenth- and twentieth-century social, cultural and political history; Canada in the First World War and the inter-war period.

Faculty Profile

James Pitsula: Professor, BA Honours (University of Saskatchewan), MA (York), PhD (York)

Short Bio

James Pitsula is Professor at the Department of History, University of Regina, where he has taught since 1978.  He is a specialist in post-Confederation Canadian history, but also teaches a course in the Sixties in North America.  His recent work has focused on the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan and on the impact of the First World War on cities and institutions in Western Canada.


Current research has been focused on completion of a book titled Keeping Canada British: The Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Saskatchewan, in which he argues that the history of the Klan in this province is qualitatively different from that of the organization of the same name that flourished in the United States in the 1920s.  The main goal was to keep Canada British, which, of course, was of no interest south of the border.  The book situates the history of the Saskatchewan Klan in the 1920s in the context of the larger debate on Canadian national identity that occurred in the years following the First World War.  His next research project examines the impact of the First World War on the University of Saskatchewan, with a focus on how the traumatic events of 1914-1918 shaped the culture and development of that institution, as well as the lives of the students, professors, and staff members, who were connected with it.

Courses Taught

HIST 102: Canada's Wars
HIST 113: Introduction to Canadian History
HIST 201: Canadian History, 1867 to 1939
HIST 202: Canadian History, 1939 to the Present
HIST 304: Canadian Military History New France to the Afghanistan War
HIST 306: Canadian Social History
HIST 307: Social History of the “Sixties” in North America
HIST 401: Canadian Intellectual History
HIST 406: Canada and the First World War
HIST 415:  The Writing of Canadian History

Recent Publications

Honouring Our Past, Embracing Our Future: Celebrating a Century of Excellence in Education at the University of Regina Campus (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2001)

For All We Have and Are: Regina and the Experience of the Great War (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2008)

New World Dawning: The Sixties at Regina Campus (Regina: Canadian Plains Research Center, 2008)

As One Who Serves: The Making of the University of Regina (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006)

Awards and Distinctions

Regina Municipal Heritage Award in Education, 2010
Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford, 2009-2010
President’s Scholar, University of Regina, 2005-2007
Garth Ferguson Award for Excellence in Televised Education, 2006
Western Magazine Awards: Gold Award Best Article—Saskatchewan, 2006.