Ian Rocksborough-Smith holds a PhD from the University of Toronto. His primary research interests include the study of late 19th and 20th Century North American History, African American studies, and urban life. His teaching interests extend to histories of race, class, and empire in the Americas and the world. He has published in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Harvard University’s African American National Biography, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey and the Journal of the Illinois Historical Society. He currently has a book under contract at the University of Illinois Press, tentatively entitled Black Public History in the Windy City: Civil Rights Activism from World War II to the Cold War and is working on a new project about the history of race, urban America, and Catholic Chicago.
Ian has received numerous Canadian government and university fellowships and scholarships, including a student Fulbright award and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral grant. He has also presented his research at major academic conferences in both the Canada and the U.S. Ian has taught North American and global history on both coasts of Canada and Toronto. Most recently he has taught history at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and is now teaching at the University of British Columbia’s Corpus Christi College in Vancouver.