Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross

Dr. Jordan Stanger-Ross
Professor, University of Victoria Provost’s Engaged Scholar, 2020-2025
Office: Cle B232

BA (McGill), PhD (Pennsylvania)

Area of expertise

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

Office Hours

Please email for an appointment.


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. This project has been recognized by Heritage BC for outstanding contributions to provincial history and by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for excellence in anti-racist education. With collaborators in Canada and Japan, I am also in the midst of a SSHRC funded project entitled Exile: The Expulsion of Japanese Canadians, 1946, on political decisions and legal battle that resulted in the exile of 4,000 Japanese Canadians to Japan after the close of the Second World War.

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.

Dr. Stanger Ross is Director of: Landscapes of Injustice

Landscapes of Injustice: Reflections on 7 years of community engaged research
(A talk for the Vancouver Historical Society, September 23, 2021)


Selected publications

Selected publications


     * Shortlisted for the Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize

     *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:

  • “Remembering the Holocaust in a Settler Colonial City,” with Lynne Marks, History and Memory (in press 2021).

  • “Naziism in Canada”?: The Internment of Japanese Canadians and the History of Comparison,” in Helga Thorson and Charlotte Schallie Ed., After the Holocaust: Human Rights and Genocide Education in the Approaching Post-Witness Era (Regina: University of Regina Press, 2020), 63-82.

  • Impermanent Apologies: on the Dynamics of Timing and Public Knowledge in Political Apology"Human Rights Review with Matt James & the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective Hum Rights Rev (2018). 

  • “The Unfaithful Custodian: Glenn McPherson and the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians,” Journal of American Ethnic History (summer 2018), with Will Archibald and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective.

  • “Promises of Law: The Unlawful Dispossession of Japanese Canadians,” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 54, 3 (2017), with Eric Adams and the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective.

*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