Allan English


Department of History


Watson Hall, Room 129


Allan English served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for 25 years in various operational and instructional positions as an air navigator. He teaches Canadian Military History in the Queen’s University History Department. His book Understanding Military Culture: A Canadian Perspective was published in 2004 and he continues to research and publish in that area. He has taught various courses related to military culture, organizational change, and ethics and the military profession at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada and to senior and general/flag officers at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto for over 30 years.

Some of his recent research examines how lessons learned from historical experience can be applied to improve military, veteran and family health policies and practices today and in the future. He has been associated with the Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) since its inception in 2010. He is a member of CIMVHR’s College of Peer Reviewers, Conference Scientific Planning Committee, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Military Veteran and Family Health. His latest research examines systemic obstacles to culture change in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), especially that change intended to reduce the incidence of sexual misconduct in the CAF. His latest work is as co-editor and chapter author in the book Why We Fight: New Approaches to the Human Dimension of Warfare (2020).

Current Interests/Research:

  • Canadian military culture
  • Military and veterans health care
  • Command and leadership in the armed forces
  • Canadian air force history