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Department of History, University of Calgary
I am an energy historian with a background in both International History and International Relations. My current research interests include European and North American energy history after 1945 as well as the history and politics of the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic. I have published on Canada's foreign and Arctic policies, transatlantic relations, and the concept of energy security. As the Canada Research Chair in the History of Energy, I am focusing on the 1970s' energy crises, energy integration in Europe and North America, and the role of energy in Arctic Canada. My research will show how these different histories of energy affect the role energy plays today in society and politics. I am tracing the emergence of energy security as a powerful story that continues to influence politics. In addition, using oral and everyday historical sources, I am exploring how people have made sense of energy before, and what it means to them now.
|List Affiliations:||Former Review Editor for H-Energy
|Interests:||Diplomacy and International Relations
I am Canada Research Chair in the History of Energy at the University of Calgary. Before joining the University of Calgary in July 2014 I was a lecturer at King's College London, UK, first in War Studies (2007-2010) and then in International Politics (2010-2014). At King's I was also the Research Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security EUCERS. From 2002 to 2007 I was Assistant Professor of North American History at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
I hold a Masters degree in American Studies from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where I also received my PhD in International Relations with a study on US-German (energy) relations in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which was published in 2006 with Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Die deutsche Kohlenkrise in nationalen und transatlantischen Kontext).
I was a Visiting Scholar at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto (Government of Canada Award, 2004), at the Centre for European Studies, Carleton University (2008) and the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies, Oslo (2013).
I am on the editorial board of the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and the University of Calgary Press, where I also serve as the series editor for the "Energy, Ecology and Environment" series.