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Queen's University

Will Langford

Ph.D. Candidate


Phone:  613-533-2150
Fax:  613-533-6298



Current Research:

'Helping People Help Themselves': Democracy, Development, and the Global Politics of Poverty in Canada, 1964-1976

My dissertation focuses on the changing meaning of democracy in an emerging global world.  I argue that development programs were central to Canadian efforts to democratize society and to spread democratic values across the globe during the Cold War.  The federal government initiated a number of development programs from the mid-1960s that sought to "help people help themselves."  Community development, regional development, and international development emerged as concurrent, if contested, schemes to revitalize liberal democracy within and beyond Canada's borders.



"Gerald Sutton Brown and the Discourse of City Planning Expertise, 1953-1959," Urban History Review/Revue d'histoire urbaine 41, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 30-41.

"'Is Sutton Brown God?' Planning Expertise and the Local State in Vancouver, 1953-1972," BC Studies 173 (Spring 2012): 11-39.


Review of Christopher Klemek, The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal: Postwar Urbanism from New York to Berlin (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011), Urban History Review/Revue d'histoire urbaine 41, no. 2 (Spring 2013): 51-52.


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000