Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Don Akenson

A. C. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor and
Douglas Professor of Canadian and Colonial History

Canadian and Irish History
Specialization: Ireland since 1800


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74378
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall, 301



Ph.D. Harvard University, 1967
Ed. M. Harvard University, 1963
B.A. Yale College, 1962

Academic Degrees (honorary):

D.Litt (hon.causa) Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2010
D.L.H. (hon. causa) The Queen's University of Belfast, 2008
D. Laws (hon. causa) University of Regina, 2002
D. Litt (hon. causa) University of Guelph, 2000

D. Hum. (hon. causa) Lethbridge University, 1996
D. Litt. (hon. causa) McMaster University, 1995


Dr. Akenson is an internationally acclaimed scholar and author who is considered the world's foremost authority on the Irish Diaspora. He has written several books, including the highly critically acclaimed Surpassing Wonder: The Invention of the Bible and the Talmuds and St. Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus. His most recent novel is the two volume, An Irish History of Civilization (London: Granta, 2006). His most recent academic story book is Exporting the Rapture: John Nelson Darby and the Victorian Conquest of North American Evangelicalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

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