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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Kevin Spooner

Dr. Kevin Spooner

Associate Professor
North American Studies

Contact Information
Phone: ext.2165

Office Location: DAWB 4-159
Office Hours: Winter 2015: Wednesday 2:30-3:30 pm (or by appointment)
Academic Background
B.A. (Trent), B.Ed. (Queen's), M.A, Ph.D. (Carleton)

Professor Spooner joined the Canadian Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier in 2005 and has taught in North American Studies since 2007, when this new program was created. He teaches several undergraduate core courses in the program's Canadian Studies stream and supervises graduate students in the History Department's Tri-University Graduate Program. Prior to arriving at Laurier, he taught with the Canadian Studies Program and History Department at Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. His academic interests include Canadian foreign policy; peacekeeping; race, anti-racism, 'national' and 'regional' identity(ies) and community; and Canadian historiography.


In 2009/10, Professor Spooner will be teaching the following courses:

Fall Term:

NO211: Canadian Identities and Cultures

NO310/HI328: Canada in the World: From Laurier to the 21st Century

Winter Term:

NO110: Canadian Studies: Global Perspectives

NO309C: Canadian-American Relations



"To Peacekeep or Not to Peacekeep? Canada and Mexico Compared." In Dynamics and Trajectories. Eds. Andrew Nurse and Michael Fox. Halifax, NS: Fernwood, forthcoming.

"Just West of Neutral: Canadian Objectivity and Peacekeeping during the Congo Crisis, 1960-61." Canadian Journal of African Studies. forthcoming.

"Canada in Global and Continental Perspectives," Diplomatic History. forthcoming. 

Canada, the Congo Crisis, and UN Peacekeeping, 1960-1964. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2009.

Documents on Canadian External Relations, 1959. Vol. 26. Ed. with Janice Cavell and Michael D. Stevenson. Ottawa: Canadian Government Publishing, 2006.

"Peacekeeping Operations." In Encyclopedia of Prisoners of War and Internment. Ed. Jonathan Vance. 2nd ed. Millerton, New York: Grey House Publishing, 2006. 301-302.

"The Human Cost of War," Journal of Canadian Studies 34.2 (Summer 1999): 224-33. 


"Race, (De)Colonization, and Canadian Peacekeeping in the Congo," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of British Columbia, 2008.

"Peacekeeping Exposed: The Uses and Abuses of Canada's Peacekeeping History," International Council for Canadian Studies Biennial Meeting, University of Ottawa, 2008.

"To Peacekeep and Not to Peacekeep? Two Nations, Two Answers," The New North America, Mount Allison University, 2008.

"Canada's Peacekeeping Paradox," Canada on Display, Trent University, 2007.

"'We're on a peacekeeping operation, not a war-making operation': Canadian Views on the Use of Force in the Operation des Nation Unies au Congo (ONUC)," 50+ Years - Canada and Peacekeeping: History, Evolutions and Perceptions, Organization for the History of Canada, University of Ottawa, 2006.

"West of the Middle: The Bounds of Canadian Diplomatic Impartiality during the UN Peacekeeping Mission to the Congo, 1960-64," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Toronto, 2002.