The Politics of Making Paradise

A Forum on Robert A.J. McDonald, A Long Way to Paradise: A New History of British Columbia Politics. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021).


  • Bradley Miller UBC History
  • Lara Campbell
  • Will Langford
  • Elizabeth Mancke
  • Jeremy Mouat



glaciers, environment, climate change, new media


This forum brings together a group of Canadian historians to discuss Robert A. J.

Author Biographies

Bradley Miller, UBC History

Bradley Miller is an associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Keenleyside Chair in Canada and the World. He is the author of Borderline Crime: Fugitive Criminals and the Challenge of the Border, 1819-1914, published by University of Toronto Press and the Osgoode Society in 2016. He is currently researching and writing on the history of international law in British North America/post-Confederation Canada.

Lara Campbell

Lara Campbell is a professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches North American gender and women’s history, social movement history, and feminist theory. She has published widely on the history of the 1960s, the welfare state, the Great Depression, and feminism. Her most recent monograph is A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia, published by UBC Press in 2021, which received the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia and the Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize for British Columbia history.

Will Langford

Will Langford teaches history at Dalhousie University. His research focuses on political activism, social movements, and transnational connections.

Elizabeth Mancke

Elizabeth Mancke is professor of history and Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada at the University of New Brunswick. She specializes on the impact of European expansion on systems of governance overseas, with a focus on Atlantic Canada. She began her professional training at the University of British Columbia with a master’s in Canadian history, an experience that included helping Bob McDonald organize the 1984 BC Studies Conference.

Jeremy Mouat

Jeremy Mouat is a professor emeritus with the University of Alberta. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 1988, where he also took an undergraduate course in BC history with Bob McDonald. Much of his research concerns the history of resource development, about which he has several ongoing projects.