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Norman Hillmer

Chancellor's Professor (History and International Affairs)

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Phone:613-520-2828
Email:norman.hillmer@carleton.ca
Office:446 Paterson Hall

Professor Hillmer is accepting graduate students for Canadian history, and welcomes inquiries about specific areas of supervision.

Book Projects

  • Canadian Peacekeeping
  • Canada Among Nations 2017
  • The Colonial and Imperial Conferences, 1887–1937

Recent Honours and Awards

Order of Canada, 2016

Charles P. Stacey Prize, 2015-2016

Finalist (for OD. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition): Canada Prize in the Humanities, 2015; Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, 2016; and John W. Dafoe Book Prize, 2016.

William Goodenough Association of Canada (Goodenough College), Benefactors’ Award, 2014

Visitor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012

Select Publications, 2008-2016

“Intolerant Allies: Canada and the George W. Bush Administration, 2001-2005,” Diplomacy & Statecraft, 27, 4 (2016), 726-45 [with Stephen Azzi].

“The Prime Minister of the Few,” in Adam Chapnick and Christopher Kukucha, eds., The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy: Parliament, Politics, and Canada’s Global Posture (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2016), 258-268.

“Parliament Will Decide: An Interplay of Politics and Principle,” International Journal, vol. 71, 2 (2016), 328–337 [with Philippe Lagassé].

O. D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), xii, 424.

Editor, O. D. Skelton: The Work of the World, 1923-1941 (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press and The Champlain Society; both editions, 2013), xx, 55 page introduction, 517 pp.

“Evaluating Prime Ministerial Leadership in Canada: The Results of an Expert Survey,” Canadian Political Science Review, 7, 1 (2013), 13-23 [with Stephen Azzi].

“Evaluating Prime-Ministerial Performance: The Canadian Experience”, in Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart, and James Walter, eds., Understanding Prime-Ministerial Performance: Comparative Perspectives (London: Oxford University Press, 2012), 242-63 [with Stephen Azzi].

“National Independence and the National Interest: O. D. Skelton’s Department of External Affairs in the 1920s,” in Greg Donaghy and Michael K. Carroll, eds., In the National Interest: Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009 (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011), 11-26.

“The Canadian War Museum and the Military Identity of an Unmilitary People,” Canadian Military History, XIX, 3 (Summer 2010), 19-26.

“O. D. Skelton: Innovating for Independence,” in Greg Donaghy and Kim Richard Nossal, eds., Architects and Innovators: Building the Department of External Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009/ Le développement du ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Commerce international, de 1909 à 2009 (Montreal and Kingston: School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University/ McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009), 59-73.

Canada’s International Policies: Agendas, Alternatives, and Politics (Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2008) [with Brian W. Tomlin and Fen Osler Hampson], vi, 432 pp.

Completed Graduate Supervisions, 2012-2017

Sarah Hogenbirk, “Women Inside the Canadian Military, 1938-1966,” Ph.D., History, 2017

Nicole Marion, “Canada’s Disarmers: The Complicated Struggle Against Nuclear Weapons, 1959-1963,” Ph.D., History, 2017.

Alan J. Stephenson, “Canadian National Security Culture: Explaining Post 9/11 Canadian National Security Policy Outcomes,” Ph.D., Political Science, 2016 (Dissertation Committee).

John Valentine, “Football, Nationalism, and Protectionism: The Federal Defence of the Canadian Football League,” Ph.D., Canadian Studies, 2016 (Dissertation Committee).

Paige Mcdonald, “If Japan Should Attack: Perceptions of Fear and Threat in British Columbia’s Newspapers, 1941-1943,” M. A. Thesis, History, 2016.

Andrew Sopko, “An (Im)Balance of Expectations: Civil Defence in Ottawa, 1951-1962.” M. A. Thesis, History, 2015.

Richard Newport, “The Outsider: Elizabeth P. MacCallum, the Canadian Department of External Affairs, and the Palestine Mandate to 1947,” Ph.D., History, 2014.

Meghan Stewart, “Peacekeeping and the Canadian War Museum: Complexity, Controversy, and Challenging Mythology,” M. A. Research Essay, History, 2014.

Sarah Dougherty, “Establishing Meaning: The Founding Stories of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival,” M. A. Research Essay, History, 2014.

David Tough, “The Rhetoric of Dominion Income Taxation and the Modern Political Imaginary in Canada, 1910-1945,” Ph.D., History, 2013 (Dissertation Committee).

Anthony P. Michel, “The Nile Voyageurs: Recognizing Canada’s Role in the Empire, 1884-1885,” Ph.D., History, 2012.

Michel Legault, “Lowered, Shipped, and Fastened: Private Grief and the Public Sphere in Canada’s Afghanistan War,” M. A. Thesis, History, 2012.

Malcolm E. O. Ferguson, “Canada’s Response: The Making and Remaking of the Canadian War Memorial,” M. A. Thesis, History, 2012.