Adjunct Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

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Peter Rider


Office Hours

(Winter 2016): Monday and Wednesday 16:30 – 17:15

 Courses Taught

(Winter 2016): HIS3103 History of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces

Areas of Specialization

Domain: Urban, Public and Material History

Area and Period: Post-Confederation Canada, with an emphasis on the Atlantic Provinces



Peter Rider's undergraduate degree is from Carleton University, and he completed his M.A. and PhD. at the University of Toronto. After teaching at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Prince Edward Island, he pursued a career in Public History. He was the Atlantic Provinces Historian and Curator at the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the National Museum of Man and the Canadian Museum of Civilization) for 31 years. During this time he served as the principal co-ordinator of the Atlantic Canada Newspaper Survey, a database of advertisements appearing in selected newspapers from the region before 1900, and was Editor-in-Chief of Material History Review and Associate Editor of Urban History Review. Peter Rider has published in the fields of urban, material, public and social history and curated numerous exhibitions on a wide range of subjects. His books are Charlottetown: A History (2009); A Kingdom of the Mind: How the Scots Helped Make Canada, ed. with Heather McNabb (2006); Studies in History and Museums, ed. (1994); and History of Atlantic Canada: Museum Interpretations, ed (1981), and he produced and co-authored a CD-ROM, Balancing the Scales: Canada's East Coast Fisheries (1999).


Current projects involve an analysis of religious stained glass windows from a material history perspective and a revisiting of earlier work on the munitions industry in Canada during the First World War.


Since 2000, Peter Rider has been an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Ottawa and teaches courses in the History of the Atlantic Provinces, Public History, Material History, and the Shaping of Canada's Identities.

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