Liza Piper

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

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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 467 - Topics in Alberta History

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

HIST 664 - Topics in Western Canadian History

HIST 700 - Graduate Research and Writing

Research-intensive course in which students prepare and defend an article-length primary-source-based research paper. May be repeated for credit in different years as course content necessarily differs. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

HIST 701 - Comprehensives and Candidacy Colloquium

Preparation for the comprehensive and candidacy exams. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

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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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