After a 30-year absence I returned to higher education in 2010 as a doctoral candidate in history at Canada’s York University. In 2012 I received a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the federal government in support of my doctoral research, and was awarded the William E. Taylor Fellowship as the outstanding doctoral award recipient by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). In April 2015 I was awarded my PhD after successfully defending my dissertation “Stone of Power: Dighton Rock, Colonization, and the Erasure of an Indigenous Past.” I was awarded a Dissertation Prize by York University, and in 2016 I received the Distinguished Dissertation Award for Humanities, Social Sciences and Fine Arts from the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies. I held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship under Dr. Susan Roy at the University of Waterloo, during which I delivered the Sal Weaver Memorial Lecture for the department of anthropology, A revised version of my dissertation, incorporating additional research, was published in 2017 by the University of North Carolina Press as The Place of Stone. In 2018, I published Beardmore: The Viking Hoax that Rewrote History with McGill-Queen’s University Press, and delivered the Edward S. Rogers Lecture in Anthropology at the Royal Ontario Museum. I’m currently researching and writing a new book for McGill-Queen’s with the working title Jackson’s Wars: A.Y. Jackson, the Great War, and the Birth of the Group of Seven.
Conference papers and lectures
Pseudohistory and the Demarcation Problem (Canadian Historical Association 2014) HunterCHApseudohist
White Tribism, Lost Tribes, and the Multiple Migration Displacement Scenario (Sal Weaver Memorial Lecture, University of Waterloo, 2016, and Ethnohistory 2016) HunterSalWeaver2016
Yroquet’s World: Champlain, Trade, and Indigenous Deathways (Circles of Interaction Conference, 2015) DouglasHunterYroquetsWorld