Dr. Robin Gendron

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Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - History, Anthropology and Ancient Studies - History
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
BA, University of Waterloo
MA, University of Calgary
PhD, University of Calgary
Areas of Specialization:

​Canadian foreign relations and political history.

Research Interests:

Canadian foreign relations, la francophonie, Cold War history, and the international history of Canadian multinational corporations.

Current & Future Research:

I'm currently working on a SSHRC-supported study of the International Nickel Company of Canada Ltd (INCO) and its interests and activities in the Pacific territory of New Caledonia from the 1960s to the 1980s.  This study examines the expansion of Canadian/North American interests in the Pacific region, INCO's responses to the internationalisation and globalisation of the nickel industry, the political and economic evolution of New Caledonia, and relations between Canada, the United States, and France in the late 20th century.  This is part of a broader study that will also examine other INCO operations in Guatemala and Indonesia as well.


"'Undesirable Characters': The Steelworkers, New Caledonia, and Canada-France Relations in the 1970s," submitted for consideration toThe Journal of Pacific History.

"At Odds Over INCO: The International Nickel Company of Canada and New Caledonian Politics in the 1960s,"The Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol., 1 (2009).

"Advancing the National Interest: Marcel Cadieux, Jules Léger, and Canadian participation in the francophone community, 1964-1972," in Greg Donaghy and Michael Carroll eds.,In the National Interest: Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009.  University of Calgary Press, 2011.

"Le Prestige du Canada est en jeu!: le Père Lévesque et l'Université nationale du Rwanda entre le Canada et le Québec aux années soixante,"Le Globe: Revue internationale d'études québécoises, Vol. 12, 1 (2009).

"L'aide au dévéloppement et les relations entre le Canada et la France dans les années 1960 et 1970,"Guerres mondiales et conflits contemporains, 223 (2006).