Allan Greer

Allan  Greer
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Leacock, Rm 618
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7



514-398-4400 ext.094345
Email address: 
allan.greer [at]
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Colonial North America
Leacock, Rm 618

PhD (York)

Specialization by time period: 
1450 - 1800
Specialization by geographical area: 
North America
Curriculum vitae: 
Office hours: 

Winter 2020: On leave


Allan Greer came to McGill in 2009 from the University of Toronto.  He has also held appointments at the University of British Columbia and the University of Maine, and was a visiting fellow at the John Carter Brown Library (Providence, RI), Clare Hall, Cambridge University and the Institut d'études avancées de Paris.

Originally trained as a historian of early Canada, over time he expanded the scope of his research and teaching to include colonial North America, the history of native peoples of the Americas and the history of the Atlantic World.  He is centrally involved in Montreal's French Atlantic History Group.

Allan Greer has published extensively on, among other topics, the social history of early French Canada, the Canadian Rebellion of 1837-38, state formation, the early modern Jesuits, religious change and colonization, colonial saints, property and the history and historiography of New France.  His books have won a number of national and international awards.

Greer’s current project examines questions of property formation in New France, New Spain and New England.  This synthetic and comparative study analyzes the processes by which settler forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the 16th to the 18th century.  This research has been supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Killam Foundation.

Graduate supervision: 

Colonial North America, Early Canada, French Atlantic World

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