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Adele Perry


Distinguished Professor


Dr. Adele Perry is a distinguished professor of history and women’s and gender studies. She is a historian of colonialism, imperialism, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, racism, and western Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Perry has published On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871; Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Nineteenth-century Imperial World; and Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories we Remember. She co-edited People’s Citizenship Guide and four volumes of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s HIstory. Applying a historical perspective to contemporary human rights issues, Perry has challenged racism in healthcare delivery and in her own profession, along with barriers to library access for people who are homeless. From 2003-2014, Perry held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair, and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a past president of the Canadian Historical Association. 



Perry, Adele. 2021. “Whiteness and BC History in the Age of COVID-19.” BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, no. 210 (July): 11–20.,

McCallum, Mary Jane Logan, and Adele Perry. 2018. Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City. Univ. of Manitoba Press.,

Perry, Adele. 2016. Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember. Semaphore Series. Winnipeg: ARP Books.

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