Liza Piper

Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
2-37 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



Broadly speaking, the questions driving my research seek to understand how invisible, intangible, and abiotic elements of other-than-human nature—whether pathogens, rocks and minerals, energy, climate and ice—are powerful agents in our past. I explore these questions primarily in the context of the lands that are now northern and western Canada, which has led me to engage with histories of settler colonialism, industrialization, infrastructure, pollution, environmental activism, and resource politics. 


HIST 123 - Plague: Disease and Epidemics in History

The causes, impacts, and experiences of disease in human history.

HIST 290 - Introduction to History as a Discipline

Introduction to the basic concepts of historical inquiry and techniques of research and writing in History. Course includes lectures and discussions. Required for History majors. Prerequisite: A previous course in History or consent of the Department.

HIST 488 - Topics in the History of Medicine

Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

HIST 606 - Comprehensive Topic Course

Historiographical course focused on one of the department's designated graduate fields of study. May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HIST 698 - Topics in the History of Medicine

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Featured Publications

L. Piper

Cambridge University Press. 2023 August; 10.1017/9781009320924

L. Piper

Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. 2021 September; 38 (2):285-319 10.3138/cbmh.491-112020

L. Piper

Journal of Northern History. 2020 June; 13 (2):17-41

Jon Clapperton, Liza Piper

University of Calgary Press. 2019 January;

L. Piper and H. Green

Canadian Historical Review. 98 (3):532-567

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