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Queen's University

Department of History

Ian McKay's latest book wins Sir John A Macdonald Prize

Ian McKay's most recent book, Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920 (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2008) has won the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for 2009. The prize is awarded annually by the Canadian Historical Association to the best book in Canadian history. For more details and past winners see:

Professor McKay has taught Canadian History at Queen's since 1988. His research interests lie in Canadian cultural history, in the economic and social history of the Atlantic Region of Canada in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in the history of Canada as a liberal order. In addition to more than forty articles and book chapters and four solely or jointly edited books, he has published four monographs with another likely to appear next year. His major works include Rebels, Reds, Revolutionaries: Rethinking Canada's Left History(Toronto 2005); The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia (Kingston & Montreal, 1994, a second edition of which has just been published by Carleton Library, Toronto; and the edited For a Working-class Culture in Canada: A Selection of Colin McKay's Writing on Sociology and Political Economy, 1897-1939 (St. John's, 1996).

His article "The Liberal Order Framework: A Prospectus for a Reconnaissance of Canadian History," Canadian Historical Review 81.3 (2000) won the best CHR article of the year Award in 2000 and his book The Quest of the Folk also won an honourable mention for the Sir John A Macdonald Prize in 1995.

In addition to his outstanding scholarship Ian has gained an unequaled and surely unmatchable reputation as a graduate supervisor in the Department of History. To date he has successfully supervised the work of more than 50 graduate students including no less than 19 PhDs (and has jointly supervised another seven).

Ian is currently on academic leave during which he is holding the Eakins Fellowship at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. 


May 27, 2009

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