Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Introducing Alan Whitehorn

Alan Whitehorn is an Armenian-Canadian author and academic. He is a grandson of an orphan of the Armenian genocide. Dr. Whitehorn is Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. He is also a cross-appointed professor at Queen’s University in Kingston and an Associate of the Institute for Humanities at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby. He received his BA from York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Carleton University. While at Carleton University, he was research director on David Lewis's memoirs The Good Fight.

For almost three decades Professor Whitehorn has taught at RMC in the areas of Canadian political parties, public opinion, comparative politics and political theory. Dr. Whitehorn was the first holder of the J.S. Woodsworth chair in Humanities at Simon Fraser University. During 1997/1998 he was a visiting associate at McGill University and adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University. In 2005, he was a visiting professor at Carleton University.

Amongst his publications are a number of articles, chapters and poems on the Armenian genocide, including the book The Armenian Genocide: Resisting the Inertia of Indifference (co-author with Lorne Shirinian). Professor Whitehorn has published a number of writings on the former Yugoslavia. He has written extensively on Canadian politics both in scholarly books and in newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Canadian Socialism: Essays on the CCF-NDP, Political Activists: The NDP in Convention (co-author with Keith Archer), and co-editor (with Hugh G. Thorburn) of Party Politics in Canada (8th). His earlier book with Hybrid Press was Poems: Political and Philosophical.

Professor Whitehorn has written a number of entries for The Canadian Encyclopedia, Oxford Companion to Canadian History, and The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. He has chapters in the following books: Party Politics in Canada, Party Democracy in Canada, The Canadian General Election of 1988, Leaders and Leadership in Canadian Politics, The Canadian General Election of 1993, Gender and Contemporary Canadian Politics, The Canadian General Election of 1997, The Canadian General Election of 2000, Mapping Canadian Federalism for India, The Canadian General Election of 2004, The Canadian Federal Election of 2006, Canadian Parties in Transition and Yearbook on International Communist Affairs .

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