Historian and Teacher

PhD, University of Toronto

Historian and Teacher


Ian Rocksborough-Smith teaches history at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. His primary research interests include the study of late 19th and 20th Century United States, public history, urban studies, and histories of race, religion, and empire in the Atlantic 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 State Historical Society. His book is available for order from the University of Illinois Press entitled: Black Public History in Chicago (April/May 2018).

Ian has received numerous Canadian government and university fellowships and scholarships, including a Fulbright scholarship and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral grant. He has also presented his research at major academic conferences in both Canada and the U.S. Ian has taught North American and Global history on both coasts of Canada and in Toronto. He engages students through multiple literacies and learning styles and is experienced with Blackboard, Moodle, and Canvas Learning Management Systems.