Jerry Bannister

Associate Professor; Co-ordinator, Canadian Studies Program


Phone: 902-494-1541
Fax: 902-494-3349
Mailing Address: 
Room 3170, Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Ave
PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Early modern Atlantic World history
  • Canadian history
  • Modern Atlantic Canada


  • BA (Memorial)
  • MA (Toronto)
  • PhD (Toronto)

Selected publications

  • "Atlantic Canada in an Atlantic World? Northeastern North America in the Long 18th Century," Acadiensis XLIII, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2014).
  • Jerry Bannister and Liam Riordan, eds., The Loyal Atlantic:  Remaking the British Atlantic in the Revolutionary Era. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012
  • The Rule of the Admirals: Law, Custom, and Naval Government in Newfoundland, 1699-1832. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. (Winner, 2004 Sir John A. Macdonald Prize)
  • William R. Keylor and Jerry Bannister, The Twentieth-Century World: An International History. Canadian Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • "Planter Studies and Atlantic Scholarship: The New History of Eighteenth-Century Nova Scotia," in Stephen Henderson and Wendy Robicheau, eds., The Nova Scotia Planters in the Atlantic World, 1759-1830 ​(Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 2012).
  • "The Oriental Atlantic: Governance and Regulatory Frameworks in the British Atlantic World,” in H.V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John G. Reid, eds., Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c.1550-1850 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • “A River Runs Through It: Churchill Falls and the End of Newfoundland History,” Acadiensis 41, 1 (Winter/Spring 2012).
  • "The Presence of the Past: Memory and Politics in Atlantic Canada since 2000," in Donald Savoie and John Reid., eds., Shaping an Agenda for Atlantic Canada (Halifax: Fernwood, 2011). [co-authored with Roger Marsters].

Awards and honours

Teaching Fall and Winter Terms 2018-2019:

  • CANA/1102F   Halifax and the World, Part 1
  • CANA 2001F   The Idea of Canada:  Social and Political Perspectives
  • CANA 3000F    Interdisciplinary Approaches to Canadian Themes
  • HIST 3750W    Social History of Seafaring:  Maritime Culture in the Age of Sail.
  • HIST 4001W    Seminar in Canadian Studies
  • HIST 4250W    Popular Culture in the Atlantic World
  • HIST 5000W    Directed Readings in Canadian History

Office Hours Fall Term:

  • Fridays, 10:30-11:30 and 2:30-3:30
  • and by appointment