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John Clarke

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.A., Queen's (Belfast), M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Western Ontario)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6292
Office:A304 Loeb Building


I graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 1965. I received my M.A. in historical geography from the University of Manitoba in 1966. Between 1966 and 1970 I completed a doctorate and a post-doctoral year at the University of Western Ontario. I came to Carleton in 1971 to teach first year and a course in historical geography. My research field is the historical geography of pre-Confederation Canada. I am especially interested in Upper Canada: land and land policy, land prices, the perception of land quality, ethnicity and land, ideology and land and Indian land claims.

Research Interests

  • Rural settlement in Canada
  • Land Prices in Ontario in the Nineteenth Century
  • Agriculture in Ontario in the Nineteenth Century

Recent Publications

Ordinary People of Essex: Environment, Culture and Economy on the Frontier of Upper Canada, 1788-1850. McGill-Queens University Press (forth-coming 2010).

Land, Power and Economics on the Frontier of Upper Canada (Kingston and Toronto, McGill-Queen’s Press) 2001.

Clarke, John and John Buffone., “Manifestations of Imperial Policy: The New South Wales System and Land Prices in Upper Canada in 1825,” Canadian Geographer , vol. 40, 2 (1996), pp. 121-36.

Clarke, John and John Buffone., “Social Regions in Mid-Nineteenth Century Ontario,” Histoire sociale/Social History, vol. 28, 55 (1996), pp. 193-217.

Clarke, John and John Buffone. “Colonial Land Policy: The ‘New System’ in Upper Canada in 1825” (Ottawa: Carleton University Department of Geography Discussion Paper no. 12, 1994 ) 46 pp.


  • Canadian Association of Geographers