Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross
Associate Professor

BA (McGill), PhD (Pennsylvania)

Office: Cle B232


Canadian and American. Race, immigration, inequality, and urban.

Dr. Stanger Ross is Director of: Landscapes of Injustice

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I am currently the director of Landscapes of Injustice, a 7-year multi-sector grant to research and tell the history of the forced sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned property during the Second World War.

My research and teaching focus on immigration, race, and inequality in twentieth century North America, with an emphasis on urban politics and experience. My first book, Staying Italian: Urban Change and Ethnic Life in Postwar Toronto and Philadelphia, emphasizes the malleability of North American ethnic and religious communities after the Second World War. Italians in North America “did” ethnicity in ways that reflected the cities they inhabited. I also served as the editor (with Franca Iacovetta) of a two part special issue in the Urban History Review entitled, "Encounters, Contests, and Communities: New Histories of Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian City." Since 2010, I have been the chair of the urban studies committee at the University of Victoria. Comprised of faculty members in departments across the university, the committee organizes and hosts The City Talks, a distinguished lecture series that brings international scholars to Victoria for public scholarly talks. I teach courses and supervise graduate work relating to these themes in the history of the United States and Canada.

Selected publications


  • Staying Italian: Urban Change and Ethnic Life in Postwar Toronto and Philadelphia (University of Chicago Press, 2009)

Articles and chapters:

  • with Hildy S. Ross, "Placing the Poor: The Ecology of Poverty in Postwar Urban Canada", Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes, Volume 46, Number 1, Winter 2012, pp. 213-240.
  • "Municipal Colonialism in Vancouver: City Planning and the Conflict over Indian Reserves, 1928-1950s," Canadian Historical Review 89, 4 (December 2008), 541-580.
  • "Citystats: Segregation and Community in Postwar Canada," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (Winter 2008).
  • "Italian Markets: Real Estate and Ethnic Community in Postwar Toronto and Philadelphia", Journal of American Ethnic History 26, 3 (Spring 2007), 23-51.
  • "An Inviting Parish: Community without Locality in Postwar Italian Toronto," Canadian Historical Review 87, 3 (September, 2006), 381-407
  • "Neither Fight nor Flight: Urban Synagogues in Postwar Philadelphia," Journal of Urban History, 32, 6 (September 2006), 791-812


HSTR 230B Canada Since Confederation
HSTR 301 The Historian's Craft
HSTR 309 Race Riots in American Cities
HSTR 329G Race and Ethnicity in Canada since 1900
HSTR 515A Public History

Grad students


  • Jacopo Miro, MA: “Visions of False Creek: Urban Development and Industrial Decline in Vancouver, 1960-1980”


  • Samuel Biagioni, MA
    Topic: Italian Canadian Foodways
  • Kaitlin Findley, MA
    Topic: Internment of Japanese Canadians
  • Vincent Gornall, MA
    Topic: Expositions and Public Space in Seattle and Vancouver
  • Esther Rzeplinski, MA
    Topic:History of Childhood in Canada
  • Steve Fielding, PhD
    Topic: Ethnic Pluralism and Sport in Post WWII Toronto