I received my PhD in Canadian History at Carleton University in 2002. Prior to joining Laurier in 2005, I taught at Trent University, in Peterborough, with the Canadian Studies Program and the Department of History.
Contributing to the development of North American Studies here at Laurier, I served as program coordinator from 2009 to 2014. Currently, I am Director of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies.
I teach core courses for North American Studies and upper-year courses in aspects of the history of Canadian foreign policy for the History department.
My area of expertise is the history of Canadian foreign policy, particularly Canada’s contribution to international peacekeeping and Canadian relations with Africa. Canada’s place in the world, from the 1940s to the 1960s, remains an important focus in my writing. I am currently working on projects that explore the impact of decolonization on Canadian relations with Africa during the governments of John Diefenbaker and Lester Pearson.
Certificate of Merit, International Council for Canadian Studies (2019)
Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award, Wilfrid Laurier University (2016)
The C. P. Stacey Prize, Canadian Committee for the History of the Second World War / Canadian Commission for Military History (2009).
I am willing to supervise graduate students pursuing projects related to the history of Canadian foreign policy, particularly in the Cold War era.
Spooner, Kevin. “The Diefenbaker Government and Foreign Policy in Africa.” In Reassessing the Rogue Tory: Canadian Foreign Relations in the Diefenbaker Era. Eds. Janice Cavell and Ryan Touhey. University of British Columbia Press (2018).
Spooner, Kevin "'Awakening Africa': Race and Canadian Views of Decolonizing Africa." In Dominion of Race: Rethinking Canada's International History. Eds. Laura Madokoro, Francine McKenzie, and David Meren. University of British Columbia Press (2017).
Spooner, Kevin. "Legacies and Realities: UN Peacekeeping and Canada, the Past and Present." In Canada and the United Nations: Legacies, Limits, and Prospects. Eds. Robert Teigrob and Colin Mccullough. McGill-Queen's University Press (2016).
Spooner, Kevin. "Present at the Creation? Canada, UN Intervention, and the Congo as a Failed State, 1960-64." In From Kinshasa to Kandahar: Canada and Fragile States in Historical Perspective. Eds. Michael Carroll and Greg Donaghy. University of Calgary Press (2016).
NO105: Billionaires, Beavers, and Banditos
NO211: Canadian Identities and Cultures
NO/HI312: Canadian-American Relations
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Languages spoken: English