John Sandlos

Position

Professor

Academics

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Western (2004-06)
  • Ph.D. York University (2004)
  • M.E.S. York University (1997)
  • B.A. McGill University (1993)

Contact

Department of History
Office: AA-1022
Email: jsandlos@mun.ca
Toxic Legacies Project: www.toxiclegacies.com
Twitter: @JohnSandlos
Toxic Legacies Twitter: @toxiclegacies
Phone: (709) 864-2429

Research Interests

Environmental History; Canadian History; the Canadian North; Aboriginal People and Conservation; the History of Wildlife Management and National Parks; Mining in Northern Canada; Environmental Aesthetics and Ideas.

Current Research

My research interests incorporate broad themes from the field of environmental history. Most recently I have been studying the impact of northern mining and toxins on indiegenous communities. 

My recent and current major reseach projects are the following:

Teaching

Fall 2017
  • HIST 1013 - Issues in Canadian History - first year writing course (CRW) on Canadian Environmental History
  • HIST 3030 - Environmental History (Distance Course)
Winter 2018
  • HIST 6010 - Graduate Seminar in Canadian History

Student Supervision

I am interested in working with graduate students or honours students whose research plans falls into the broad field of Canadian environmental history. I am particularly interested in working with graduate students who would like to conduct research on the history of mining, toxic legacies or other industrial activities in northern Canada.

Selected Publications

Guardians of Eternity Film (click to watch online a film about the Toxic Legacies Project)

Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, “Ghost Towns and Zombie Mines: The Historical Dimensions of Mine Abandonment, Reclamation and Redevelopment in the Canadian North,” in Stephen Bocking and Brad Martin, eds. Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2017).

John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, “Toxic Legacies, Slow Violence and Environmental Injustice at Giant Mine, Northwest Territories,” The Northern Review 42 (2016): 7-21

Nathan Bennett, Robin Roth, Sarah C Klain, Kai Chan, Patrick Christie, Douglas A Clark, Georgina Cullman, Deborah Curran, Trevor J Durbin, Graham Epstein, Alison Greenberg, Michael P. Nelson, John Sandlos, Richard Stedman, Tara L Teel, Rebecca Thomas, Diogo Veríssimo, Carina Wyborn, “Conservation Social Science: Understanding and Integrating the Human Dimensions to Improve Conservation,” Biological Conservation (In Press Nov. 2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.10.006.

Nathan Bennett, Robin Roth, Sarah Klain, Kai Chan, Douglas Clark, Georgina Cullman, Graham Epstein, Michael Nelson, Richard Stedman, Tara Teel, Rebecca Thomas, Carina Wyborn, Deborah Currans, Alison Greenberg, John Sandlos, Diogo Verissimo, “Mainstreaming the Social Sciences in Conservation,” Conservation Biology (2016) DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12788.

Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, “Ghost Towns and Zombie Mines: The Historical Dimensions of Mine Abandonment, Reclamation and Redevelopment in the Canadian North.” Perspectives on the Environmental History of Northern Canada, Stephen Bocking and Brad Martin, eds. (forthcoming with the University of Calgary Press’ Canadian History and the Environment Series).

John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, Eds. Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory (Calgary: University of Calgary Press). Winner of the Canadian Studies Network Prize for Best Edited Collection (2016)

John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, “Aboriginal Communities, Traditional Knowledge, and the Environmental Legacies of Extractive Development in Canada,”Extractive Industries and Society Vol. 3, Issue 2 (2016): 278-87

John Sandlos, Arn Keeling and Kevin O'Reilly, Communicating Danger: A Community Primer on Communicating the Arsenic Hazards at Yellowknife’s Giant Mine to Future Generations. Open Access Report.

Jean-Sebatien Boutet, Arn Keeling an John Sandlos, “Mining and the Aboriginal Social Economy.” In Northern Communities Working Together: The Social Economy of Canada’s North, edited by Chris Southcott (University of Toronto Press, 2015), 198-227.

John Sandlos, “Point Pelee’s Summer of Discontent,” Blockades or Breakthroughs?: Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State, 1970-2010, edited by Yale Belanger and P. Whitney Lackenbauer (McGill-Queen’s, 2014).

John Sandlos, “National Parks in the Canadian North: Co-Management or Colonialism Revisited?” In Stan Stevens, ed., Indigenous Peoples, National Parks, and Protected Areas: a New Paradigm Linking Conservation, Culture, and Rights (University of Arizona Press, 2014), 133-49.

John Sandlos, "Nature’s Nations: The Shared History of Game, Fish, and Forest Protection between Canada and the United States,"International Journal of Environmental Studies Monograph, Series Vol. 70, Issue 3 (2013), 358-7.

John Sandlos and Arn Keeling, Zombie Mines and the (Over)Burden of History, The Solutions Journal Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2013) http://thesolutionsjournal.anu.edu.au/node/23361.

Peter Alagona, John Sandlos and Yolanda Wiersma, “Past Imperfect: Using Historical Ecology and Baseline Data for Contemporary Conservation and Restoration Projects,” Environmental Philosophy Vol. 9, No. 1 (2012), 49-70.

John Sandlos Arn Keeling, “Claiming the New North: Mining and Colonialism at the Pine Point Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada,” Environment and History Vol. 18, No. 1 (2012), 5-34.

John Sandlos, “Nature’s Playgrounds: The Parks Branch and Tourism Promotion in the National Parks, 1911-1929,” for volume edited by Claire Campbell titled, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011,(University of Calgary Press), 53-78.

Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, “Shooting the Archives: Document Digitization for Historical-Geographical Collaboration,” History Compass Vol. 9, No. 5 (May 2011), 423-432.

Yolanda Wiersma and John Sandlos, “Once there were so many: Animals as Ecological Baselines,” Environmental History Vol. 16, No. 3 (July 2011- in special forum honoring the 50th anniversary of Peter Matthiessen’s Wildlife in America), 400-407.

John Sandlos and Arn Keeling), “Environmental Justice goes Underground? Historical Notes from Canada’s Northern Mining Frontier.” Environmental Justice 2,3 (Sept. 2009), 117-125.

John Sandlos, "Not Wanted in the Boundary: the Expulsion of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Band from Riding Mountain National Park," Canadian Historical Review Vol. 89, No. 2 (June 2008), 189-221.

John Sandlos,Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press). Winner of the Canadian Historical Association's 2008 Clio Prize for best book on the history of the Canadian North. Winner of the Forest History Society's 2008 Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Prize for best book in forest and conservation history.

Liza Piper and John Sandlos, “A Broken Frontier: Ecological Imperialism in the Canadian North,” Environmental History Vol. 12, No. 4 (October 2007), 759-95.

John Sandlos, “Federal Spaces, Local Conflicts: National Parks and the Exclusionary Politics of the Conservation Movement in Ontario, 1900-1935.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (2005), 293-318. Winner of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association Prize.

John Sandlos, “Purple Loosestrife and the Bounding of Nature in North American Wetlands.” In Thomas Heyd, ed., Recognizing the Autonomy of Nature (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005), 137-53.

John Sandlos, “Landscaping Desire: Poetics, Politics in the Early Biological Surveys in the Canadian North.” Space and Culture, Vol. 6, Issue 4 (November 2003), 394-414.

John Sandlos, “Where the Scientists Roam: Ecology, Management and Bison in Northern Canada.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 37, No. 2 (Summer 2002), 93-129.

John Sandlos, "From the Outside Looking In: Aesthetics, Politics and Wildlife Conservation in the Canadian North.” Environmental History, Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2001), 6-31. 

Contact

Department of History

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca