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Jeff Keshen

Dean, Faculty of Arts

The author of five books, 11 edited books and more than 25 scholarly articles, Jeff Keshen is a historian of 20th century Canada, specializing in War and Society.

Among his works, Propaganda and Censorship in Canada’s Great War was awarded the best book in non-fiction by the Writers Guild of Alberta. It was also shortlisted for the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada’s Harold Adams Innis Prize for the best book in the Social Sciences. Jeff Keshen’s book, Saints, Sinners and Soldiers: Canada’s Second World War (translated as Saints, Salauds et Soldats: Le Canada et la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale) was shortlisted for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best book in the Humanities — a prize awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Federation of Canada — as well as for the C.P. Stacey Prize for the best book in Military History.

His teaching has garnered the University of Ottawa’s Excellence in Education Prize and the Government of Ontario’s Leadership in Education Award.

Committed to service, he also received the Government of Ontario’s June Callwood Award for Volunteerism to recognize his work in creating and managing for six years the University of Ottawa’s Experiential Learning Service that placed up to 2,000 students annually in volunteer placements connected to their coursework, a program that attracted more than $1.2 million in foundation and government grants.

Before starting as dean for the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University in July 2012, he served as Chair of the Department of History at the University of Ottawa. He is also an adjunct professor in the Centre of Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.