Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Joe Borsato

Ph.D. Candidate



MA in History, University of Alberta (2016)
BA (Hons.) in History, University of Calgary (2015)


Joe Borsato researches the history of early modern England and Indigenous-European encounters and entanglements in the Atlantic World, circa 1500 - 1800. He is a first year PhD student with a professional background in museum management, grant writing, and environmental sustainability. Under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey Collins, Joe’s SSHRC-supported doctoral project investigates the roles of natural law, natural philosophy, and Indigeneity in the formation of the English empire in the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods to understand how the English conceived of the natural world and Indigenous peoples in the Atlantic basin. This work will inform the current moment as Canadians address the consequences of colonialism in the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015), the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2019), and the climate crisis.