Professor Emeritus
University of British Columbia, BA
University of Wisconsin, 1964, MS, PhD


Research interests focus on European settlement in early Canada and on geographies of colonialism in early British Columbia.

Honours: Order of Canada; Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada; LL.D. honoris causa, York University


HARRIS, C. 2020 On Settler Colonialism. Vancouver: UBC Press



HARRIS, C. 2018 Ranch in the Slocan. Vancouver: Harbour Press



HARRIS, R.C. 2012 ‘The Spaces of Early Canada’ The Canadian Historical Review 91(4), 725-759

HARRIS, R.C. 2012 ‘A Life between Geography and History’ The Canadian Historical Review 93(3), 436-62

HARRIS, R.C. 2012The Native Land Policies of Governor James Douglas’ BC Studies 174, 101-122



HARRIS, R.C. 2011 Making Native Space: Colonialism, Resistance, and Reserves in British Columbia (Vancouver: UBC Press)



University of British Columbia, 1958; BA
University of Montpellier, France, 1959
University of Wisconsin, 1961; MS
University of Wisconsin, 1964; PhD

PhD Title: A Geography of the Seigneurial System in Canada during the French Regime
Supervisor: A. H. Clark, Professor

Academic awards and distinctions (prior to final degree):

Canadian Association of Geographers prize, UBC (1958)
Prize in Canadian History, UBC (1958)
University of Wisconsin Fellow (1961)
Social Science Research Council Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (1962)

Professional Employment Record

Teaching, professional or research position held prior to UBC appointment:

University of British Columbia (1971-present)
University of Toronto (1964-71)
University of Laval, in French (Summer 1967)
University of British Columbia (1963-64)
Oberlin College, Ohio (Spring 1962)

Date of first appointment at the University of British Columbia: 1963

Subsequent ranks including dates of promotion:

Lecturer, University of British Columbia; 1963-64
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; 1964
Associate Professor, University of Toronto; 1968
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia; 1971
Professor, University of British Columbia; 1973
Date of granting of Appointment without Term:

University of Toronto: 1965
University of British Columbia: 1972

Academic or professional awards and distinctions

Fellow, J. S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (New York) (1968-69)
Canada Council Leave Fellowship (1975-76)
Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography, Canadian Association of Geographers (1980)
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada (elected 1982)
Senior Killam Fellow (1982-84)
Prize for outstanding article in the Canadian Historical Review (1985)
Killam Research Prize (1987)
Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association (1988)
Award of Merit, Association for Canadian Studies (1988)
Gold Medal, Royal Canadian Geographical Society (1988)
Doctor of Law, Honoris Causa, York University (1993)
Centenary Medal, Royal Society of Canada (1994)
Award of Distinction, Canadian Cartographic Association (1994)

Editorial Activity

Editorial Board: Journal of Historical Geography (1975-82)
Professional Geographer (1982-86)
Annals, Association of American Geographers (1988-92)

General Editor: Canadian Association of Geographers/McGill-Queen’s Monograph Series (1988-)
BC Studies (co-editor)