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Athabasca University

Dr. Eric Strikwerda

Associate Professor, History



  • B.A. (University of Alberta)
  • M.A. (University of Saskatchewan)
  • Ph.D. (York University)


Eric Strikwerda is Associate Professor, History. He previously taught Canadian history at the University of Alberta. He currently co-ordinates and teaches Canadian history courses in the Centre for Humanities. Currently he is working on a history of western and northern Canada following Canada’s acquisition of the territory in 1870. He is also researching the history of nutrition and nutrition policy in Canada following the Second World War.

Selected Publications

Canada Needs All Our Food Power: Industrial Nutrition in Canada, 1941-1948 Labour/Le Travail 83 (Spring, 2019)

Newfoundland and Labrador Maligned: Taking Stock of Nutritional Health in Rural Newfoundland and Labrador, 1912-1949 Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region 47.1 (Spring, 2018)

Frustrating National Narratives (review) Journal of Canadian Studies 51.1 (Winter, 2017)

The Rise and Fall of Alberta’s Welfare State Alberta Views (December, 2014)

The Wages of Relief: Cities and the Unemployed in Prairie Canada, 1929-1939 (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2013)

(with Alvin Finkel) War, Repression, and Depression, 1914-1939 in Alvin Finkel, ed., Working People in Alberta: A History (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2012)

Married men should, I feel, be treated differently: Work, Relief, and Unemployed Men on the Urban Canadian Prairie, 1929-1932 Left History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Historical Inquiry and Debate 12 (Autumn, 2007)

From Short-Term Emergency to Long-Term Crisis: Public Works Projects in Saskatoon, 1929-1932 Prairie Forum 26.2 (Autumn, 2001)

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