Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross
Associate Professor

BA (McGill), PhD (Pennsylvania)

Office: Cle B232

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

Dr. Stanger Ross is Director of: Landscapes of Injustice

Faces of UVic Research video

Landscapes of Injustice Spring Institute 2016 video


My research and teaching focus on immigration, race, and inequality in twentieth century North America. I am currently the director of Landscapes of Injustice, a 7-year multi-sector and community-engaged project to research and tell the history of the forced sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned property during the 1940s. Throughout my career, I’ve been inspired by the places where I live. As a graduate student in Philadelphia and Toronto, I wrote about how people in each city experienced and created ethnic community. Since moving to British Columbia I’ve written about municipal acquisitions of “Indian Reserves” in Vancouver as well as the social, legal, and political history of the dispossession of Japanese Canadians. In all of this work, I have been fascinated by the experiences and choices of individuals within the context of ideological, institutional, and social patterns. In addition to writing for academic audiences, I’m engaged in a variety of “public history” initiatives that communicate scholarly analysis in museums and popular media.

Selected publications


     *Finalist, Wilson Institute Book Prize (2018)

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

     *Recipient of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism
     Article Prize (2018), Canadian Historical Association
     ** Recipient of the Political History Group Prize for the Best English Language Article
     (2018), Canadian Historical Association

  •  “‘My Land is worth a million dollars’: How Japanese Canadians contested their dispossession in the 1940s” Law and History Review 35, 3 (2017), with Nicholas Blomley and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective.

  • “Suspect Properties: The Vancouver Origins of the Forced Sale of Japanese-Canadian-owned Property, WWII" Journal of Planning History 15, 4 (2016), 271-289, with the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective.

     *Best article in the Journal of Planning History (2015-2017), The Society for American
      City and Regional Planning History 

     *Recipient of the Canadian Committee on Migration, Ethnicity, and Transnationalism
      Article Prize. 

  •  with Hildy S. Ross, "Placing the Poor: The Ecology of Poverty in Postwar Urban Canada", Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d'études canadiennes 46, 1 (2012), 213-240.

  • "Municipal Colonialism in Vancouver: City Planning and the Conflict over Indian Reserves, 1928-1950s," Canadian Historical Review 89, 4 (2008), 541-580.

  • "Neither Fight nor Flight: Urban Synagogues in Postwar Philadelphia," Journal of Urban History 32, 6 (2006), 791-812.

  • “Falling Far From the Tree: Transitions to Adulthood and the Social History of Twentieth-Century America” Social Science History 29, 4 (2005), 625-648, with Christina Collins and Marc J. Stern.




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

Recent Graduate and Honours Student Supervisions


  • Steve Fielding, PhD: “Sporting Multiculturalism: Toronto’s Postwar European Immigrants, Gender, Diaspora, and the Grassroots Making of Canadian Diversity,” (2018)
  • Kaitlin Findley, MA: “The Bird Commission, Japanese Canadians, and the challenge of reparations in the wake of state violence,” 2017
  • Kate Siemens, Hon: Witnessing Internment: Captain V.C. Best’s Letters to Ottawa(2017)
  • Elspeth Gow, Hon: Reconciliation in Theatres of Living Memory: Unsettling Fort Edmonton Park, with Lynne Marks (2017)
  • Martin Strong, Hon: Japanese Canadians and Internment: The Role of The New Canadian as an Agent of Resistance, 1941-1945 (2017)
  • Samuel Biagioni, MA: Homemade Italianita: Italian Foodways in Postwar Vancouver (2016)
  • Ariel Merriam, Hon: ‘Our Appreciation for All Your Goodness and Kindness’: Power, Rhetoric, and Property Relations in the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (2016)
  • Esther Rzeplinski, MA: ‘Although I’m just 12 I’m sure I could do a lot for you’: Political Participation in Children’s Letters to Pierre Trudeau, March-May 1968 (2015)
  • Jacopo Miro, MA: Visions of False Creek: Urban Development and Industrial Decline in Vancouver, 1960-1980 (2011)


  • Nathaniel Hayes, MA
    Topic: TBA
  • Elyse Abma, MA
    Topic: TBA
  • Julia Bristow, MA
    Topic: Muslim Canadians
  • Shaun Williamson, MA
    Topic: Neoconservative Thought and American Prisons