Dr. Jason Colby

Dr. Jason Colby
Position
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Adviser
History
Credentials

BA (Whitman), MA, PhD (Cornell)

Contact
Office: Cle B216

Office Hours

No office hours during the summer.

Area

Modern U.S. History, International Relations, Environmental and Business History, Pacific Northwest

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Bio

I was born in Victoria and grew up in the Seattle area of Washington State.  During my high school and undergraduate years, I worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska and on fish farms in Puget Sound.  I also studied overseas in Central America.  Before entering graduate school, I taught history and English in Taiwan, worked at a land-use law firm in Seattle, and travelled throughout the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East.  I earned my Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2005 and taught at the University of Texas at El Paso before coming to the University of Victoria in 2007.  I teach and write on modern U.S. history, with particular interests in international relations and environmental history.  My first book explores race, U.S. imperial expansion, and corporate power in Central America.  My second book examines the transformation of human relations with killer whales from the 1960s to the present, and its impact on environmental politics in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected publications

Books:

Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator (Oxford University Press, 2018)

The Business of Empire: United Fruit, Race, and U.S. Expansion in Central America (Cornell University Press, 2011)

  • Honourable mention, Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
  • Honourable mention, Ralph Gomory Prize, Business History Conference

Recent articles and chapters:

“The Whale in the City: Orca Captivity and Environmental Politics in Vancouver,” in Darcy Ingram, ed., Animal Metropolis: Histories of Human-Animal Relations in Urban Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2016)

“Change in Black and White: Orca Bodies and the New Pacific Northwest,” in Susan Nance, ed., Animals and History (Syracuse University Press, 2015)      

Progressive Empire? Race and Tropicality in United Fruit’s Central America,” in Daniel Bender and Jana Lipman, eds. Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism (NYU Press, 2015)

“The Whale and the Region: Killer Whale Capture and the Remaking of the Pacific Northwest,” (Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (2013)

Blogs

“The Real Whale Who Changed the World”

Courses

Course: Title:
HSTR 210A The United States to the Civil War
HSTR 210B The United States from Post-War Reconstruction - present
HSTR 303A The Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1945
HSTR 303B United States since 1945
HSTR 307A   The United States in the World, 1750 - 1914
HSTR 307B The United States in the World, 1914 - present   
HSTR 410

Seminar in American History

  • Beastly Nation: Animals and People in US History
      • A World On Fire: The United States, the Cold War, and the Environment
HSTR 471              

Seminar in World History

  • From Oil to Icons: The History of Whales and People

Grad students

In progress

Gordon Lyall, “Heterodox Hunters, Fugitive Fishers, and Woodland Warriors: Salish Sea Identity in ‘Post’-Colonial Borderlands, 1962-2007” (Ph.D.)

  • Winner of SSHRC Doctoral Award

Isobel Griffin, “Managing the Entertainment: Marine Mammal Technologies at Marineland of the Pacific” (MA)

Jake Sherman, "'A Ship on the Waves of the Zeitgeist:' An Oral History of the Georgia Straight, 1967 – 1973” (MA)


Completed

Blake Butler, “Fishing on Porpoise: The Origins and Early Years of the Tuna-Dolphin Controversy” (MA)

  • Winner of SSHRC Master’s Award

Sheila Hamilton, “Panamanian Politics and Panama’s Relations with the United States Leading Up to the Hull-Alfaro Treaty” (MA, 2014)

Matt Logan, “‘We Say All the Real Things. And We Believe Them’: The Establishment of the United States Information Agency 1953” (MA, 2012)

Carlee Johnson, “Remembering ‘the American Island of Oahu’: Hawai'i Under Military Rule 1941-1945” (MA, 2011)

Jackson Todd, “Politics, Ideals, and Religion: Abraham Lincoln and the Growth to Emancipation 1860-1863” (MA, 2009)

Rob Douglas, “‘Being Successfully Nasty’: The United States, Cuba and State-Sponsored Terrorism” (MA, 2008)