James McGill Professor Emeritus
Specializing in the social and legal history of Quebec, Brian Young taught in McGill’s History Department from 1975 until his retirement in 2009. His awards include a Killam Research Fellowship and le Prix Gérard Parizeau. In 2010, he received the Governor General’s International Award for Canadian Studies. He is presently James McGill Professor of History (emeritus). A founding member of the Montreal History Group, a research collective based in the History Department, his research interests centre on the social and cultural experience of the nineteenth-century élite. His publications range from the widely-read text, co-authored with John Dickinson, A Short History of Quebec to George-Etienne Cartier: Montreal Bourgeois, The Politics of Codification: The Lower Canadian Civil Code of 1866, and Respectable Burial: A History of Montreal’s Mount Royal Cemetery. He is presently completing a four-generation study of two patrician families in the history of Quebec.