Donald Wright

Donald WrightProfessor

Donald Wright completed his degrees at Mount Allison University (BA), McGill University (MA) and the University of Ottawa (PhD). In 1998 he was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of History at NYU.  Prior to joining UNB, he held a joint appointment in the Department of History and Centre for Canadian Studies at Brock University (2000-2005).  In 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.

Dr. Wright's book, The Professionalization of History in English Canada, was shortlisted by the Canadian Historical Association for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history.

Donald Creighton: A Life in History was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2015. It was a finalist for the 2017 Canada Prize awarded by the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences.

He is currently writing a Very Short Introduction to Canada as part of Oxford University Press's Very Short Introduction series.

Dr. Wright served on the executive of the Canadian Historical Association and co-edited the CHA Bulletin/Bulletin SHC (1994-2002); he co-edited of the Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes (2005-2008); he chaired the program committee for the 2011 annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association; and he was a member of the CHA Nominating Committee (2012-2014), of the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize Committee (2012-2014), and of the Garneau Medal Committee (2015).

He is the book review editor for the Canadian Historical Review. If you would like to review for the CHR, feel free to send Don a quick e-mail.

Finally, Dr. Wright has received a number of awards in recognition of his teaching, including the UNB Arts Faculty Teaching Award (2010), the Brock University Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005), and the St. Thomas University Student Union Honour Roll for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (1997).

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Selected Publicationns:

Courses:

  • POLS 1803: The Politics of Climate Change studies climate change and its global political challenges, from security to climate refugees and from mitigation to adaptation.
  • POLS 2202: Canadian Politics examines national and provincial politics with a specific focus on liberalism, the welfare state, and federalism; Quebec nationalism, the Charter of Rights, and gay liberation; post-Fordism, neo-liberalism, and the re-definition of the welfare state.
  • POLS 3105: American Politics examines the United States since the 1960s.  Specific topics include the Cold War, the expansion and contraction of the welfare state, the Civil Rights Movement, the Second Wave women's movement, the war against Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the rise of the New Right and the New Christian Right, and the war on terror.
  • POLS 3251: Canadian Federalism is a senior-level course that, as its name suggests, studies Canadian federalism. It recognizes that Canadian federalism is not static but changes over time to accommodate new demographic, political and fiscal realities. Specific topics include Confederation, the French-English axis, the federal-provincial axis, and the role of the JCPC and the Supreme Court.
  • POLS 3247: Trudeau's Canada studies the life, times and legacy of Pierre Trudeau. Specific topics will include the changing face of Quebec nationalism, bilingualism, multiculturalism, federalism, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the failed Meech Lake Accord. Through biographies, books, movies, documentaries and letters to the editor on the occasion of his death, the course will also examine Mr. Trudeau as a cultural icon.
  • HIST 6301: The Making of Canadian History is a graduate-level course in the Department of History.  It surveys the writing of history in English and French Canada from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Contact Information:

Donald Wright

Professor
Office: Tilley 216
Phone: (506) 458-7494