Dr. Raymond Blake - 2016 Award for Excellence in Research

Raymond Blake

Named by colleagues across the Canadian scholarly landscape as a “leading historian,” “credit to his profession,” and “accomplished scholar,” historian Raymond Blake is known for not only the depth and influence of his research, but also for his ability to collaborate with others and form interdisciplinary partnerships.

Blake has written and edited 14 books, working with major university presses, and he has several other books currently in process with the University of Toronto Press. As many of his academic colleagues note, the gold standard for historical research is the publication of monographs, and these works are typically the culmination of years of painstaking archival research. The publication of so many books—alongside many articles in scholarly journals—is an extraordinary achievement.

The quality and content of Blake’s research is also noteworthy. Some of his scholarship illuminates the history of federal-provincial relations and enhances our understanding of the evolution of social welfare programs in Canada. By focusing on issues such as equity, inclusion and democracy, Blake has been an influential force on the discourse of the public good, and his research has been important to policy-makers. Blake has demonstrated a commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research, having collaborated with political scientists, economists, lawyers, and sociologists, among others.

Blake is also one of a very few researchers at the University of Regina to be awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant. This flagship funding program for humanities and social sciences researchers is a prestigious honour that speaks to Blake’s importance and accomplishments as a researcher. One colleague and University of Regina Research Chair notes, “Raymond is, without a doubt, one of the most accomplished scholars in Western Canada, and the University of Regina is lucky to have him in its ranks.”

The Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Research focuses on the impact of the candidate’s research in his/her discipline, as well as on the public good.