Congratulations Tina Loo!

Tina Loo has been awarded the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies. The Chair is occupied by a distinguished Canadianist for a period of two years. The McLean Chair teaches the Senior Seminar in Canadian Studies (CDST 450), and, in the second year of tenure, gives the McLean Lectures in Canadian Studies. These lectures are published by UBC Press in the McLean Series in Canadian Studies

Professor Tina Loo just completed two terms as a Canada Research Chair in Environmental History. She is the author of three outstanding books, and the editor of two more, plus numerous, often prize-winning articles including a prize from the Canadian Historical Review for best article of 2011 for “An Environmental History of Progress: Damming the Peace and Columbia Rivers” (with Meg Stanley). Her most recent book is States of Nature: Conserving Canada’s Wildlife in the Twentieth Century which was awarded the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best scholarly book in Canadian History in 2007 and the Harold Adams Innis Prize for the Best English-language book in the Social Sciences, awarded by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in 2008.

Dr. Loo is also public historian as befits an historian of environmental history. She teaches introductory courses in the history of Canada and the global environment, as well as more specialized ones exploring the environmental history of North America.  She writes a column in the mass-market history magazine Canada’s History for which she was a Western Magazine Awards Finalist for Best Column. She was a Member of the Council of the Canadian Historical Association and Chair of its Advocacy Committee and is now a Member of the Executive Council of the American Society for Environmental History.

Dr. Loo’s most recent project, tentatively called “Moved by the State,” is a SSHRC-funded book project on state-sponsored, forced relocations in postwar Canada.

Tina Loo joins a long list of some of UBC's most distinguished Canadianists, including Alan Cairns (Political Science), W. H. New (English), Cole Harris (Geography),  John Helliwell (Economics),  Julie Cruikshank (Anthropology), Sherrill Grace (English), Ken Carty (Political Science), John O’Brian (Art History) and Graeme Wynn (Geography).