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Dr. Kirsten Greer

Dr. Kirsten Greer

Dr. Kirsten Greer

Faculty of Arts & Science - History and Geography, Assistant Professor
office: R213
ext: 4625
web: Kirsten Greer


BA, McGill University;
MA, Wilfrid Laurier University;
PhD, Queen's University

Areas of Specialization:

Cultural and historical geography, critical geopolitics, environmental history, political ecology, geographies of science

Research Interests:

Networks of empire, science, and nature; imperial geopolitics; environmental histories of the British Empire; colonial afterlives of imperial knowledge; politics of biodiversity heritage

Current & Future Research:

Zoogeography and empire; militarization of the North Atlantic; environmental histories of the “Near North”; geopolitics of the Gulf Stream


K. Greer, Red Coats and Wild Birds: Empire, Science, Nature in the new book series, “Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges,” University of North Carolina Press (forthcoming)

K. Greer, “Zoogeography and imperial defence: tracing the contours of the Nearctic Region in the temperate North Atlantic, 1838-1880s,” Geoforum (forthcoming)

Greer, K. (2013) Geopolitics and the avian imperial archive: the zoogeography of region-making in the late 19th-century British Mediterranean. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103: 1317-1331.

Greer, K. (2012) Untangling the avian imperial archive. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, special issue on Alternative Ornithologies 20: 59-71.

Cameron, L. and K. Greer (Eds.) The Translocal Ecologies Compendium, Network in Canadian History and Environment, 2012.

Greer, K. (2009) Ornithology on “the Rock”: territory, fieldwork, and the body in the Straits of Gibraltar in the mid-nineteenth century. Historical Geography 37: 26-52.

Greer, K. (2008) Placing colonial ornithology: imperial ambiguities in Upper Canada, 1791-1841. Scientia Canadensis 31: 85–112.

Greer, K. and L. Cameron (2005) ‘Swee-ee-et, Can-a-da, Can-a-da, Can-a-da’: sensuous landscapes of birdwatching in the eastern provinces, 1900-1939. Material History Review 62: 35-48.

Greer, K. and J. Kay Guelke (2003) Intrepid naturalists and polite observers: recreational birdwatching and gender in southern Ontario, 1791-1886. Journal of Sport History 30: 323-346.


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