2015 LA&PS Awards for Distinction in Research, Creativity or Scholarship

Sean Kheraj – Emerging Researcher Category

Dr. Sean Kheraj is being recognized in the Emerging Researcher category for his inspiring scholarship and his academic and public reach. Since defending his dissertation in 2008, he has been exceptionally productive, innovative and dynamic as a Canadian environmental historian.

Professor Kheraj is an award-winning author with his monograph Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History, a ground-breaking contribution to his field and the history of Vancouver, B.C. His peer-reviewed work is published in leading publications and his newest project is once again attracting national and international attention.

He is currently working on the history of human-animal relationships in cities, a study of the effects of European colonization on Manitoba’s ecology and Canada’s history of oil pipeline spills. The relevance of his work is underscored by the vast number of radio, television and newspaper interviews in which he has participated. He extends his influence into the realm of electronic media by creating a wealth of publicly available digital resources on environmental history. His well-known Nature’s Past series surpasses 40 podcast episodes and has been used by faculty to aid in teaching undergraduates.

Professor Kheraj has created a unique and creative mode of student engagement through his weekly video casts and discussions, blending his on-line presence with innovation in bringing students into the realm of studying environmental history.