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Johnson, Dr. Gregory

  • Ath 11.55
  • Person
  • 1955 - Present

Born in 1955 and raised on the West Coast of Canada, Dr. Gregory Johnson graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in History and International Relations and a master's degree in History in 1982. He then moved to Toronto and completed a Ph.D. at York University completed in 1989. He subsequently taught at the University of Victoria, Red Deer College and the University of Alberta before joining Athabasca University in 1999.

Although his primary field of study is 20th century Canadian Foreign Policy and International History, Dr. Johnson has produced work on aspects of local history, notably, Lac La Biche Chronicles, a history of Lac La Biche, Alberta, and Why Athabasca? A Brief History of the Origins of Athabasca Landing which was a Town of Athabasca centennial project in 2011. With Town of Athabasca archivist Marilyn Mol and designer Margaret Anderson, he revised the Athabasca Historical Walking Tour booklet in 2018.

As a long-time member of the Athabasca Heritage Society, Dr. Johnson has been involved with historical preservation, notably, the restoration of the West Athabasca School, a rural one-room school located in the Town of Athabasca, and the Athabasca CNR Train Station.