Brian Osborne

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (Southampton)


Dr. Brian Osborne is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he has taught since 1967. His research areas include aboriginal history, settlement history, cultural landscapes, and the role of the “culture of communications” in the development of a Canadian sense of place. He has published extensively on the Kingston area, his most widely read piece being the volume he wrote with Donald Swainson, Kingston: Building on the Past (1988) which he is currently reworking into a new edition. His most recent volume is The Rock and the Sword: A History of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston (2004). Professor Osborne’s current research considers symbolic landscapes, monumentalism, and performed commemoration as contributors to the construction of social cohesion and national identity.

Professor Osborne has served as a consultant for the National Capital Commission, Heritage Canada, Parks Canada, Canada Post, and the National Film Board. He is currently Past-President of the Ontario Historical Society, Past President of the Kingston Historical Society, and serves on the boards of several heritage organisations.