Petrakos, Christopher

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Historical Studies - History

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NE 4296
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
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On Sabbatical for 2018-19 Academic Year
Christopher Petrakos

Dr. Christopher Ross Petrakos is an assistant professor, teaching stream, at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Since completing his dissertation in 2011, Dr. Petrakos has published in the areas of early modern and modern British history. His articles have appeared in the American Review of Canadian Studies, the 49th Parallel (forthcoming), Anglican and Episcopal History, the Journal of Early Modern Culture, and the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies.

Since 2015, Dr. Petrakos has focused his research on what he calls the “Klondike borderlands,” the vast goldfields, trading posts, and Christian Missions straddling the 141st Meridian West, the boundary separating Alaska and the Yukon Territories. This research project has taken him to conferences, libraries, and archives all over Canada and the United States—from Ottawa, Toronto, and Chicago all the way to Fairbanks, Dawson City, and Whitehorse. His most current research centers on the Bishop of Selkirk, William Carpenter Bompas and his ministry among First Nations and Inuit in the second half of the nineteenth century. 

Dr. Petrakos has taught over two dozen different courses in history since he began teaching in 2009. His teaching is student centered and his courses emphasize active and experiential learning. In the fall term he teaches two courses in the utmONE program, which is designed as an introduction to university life for first-year students in addition to his courses in the Historical Studies Department. He is a regular liaison for the Historical Studies Student Association and the Editor-in-Chief of Prandium: The Journal of Historical Studies. Students interested in independent studies or ROPs on any area of early modern or Modern British history are welcome to contact him.

For the 2018-2019 year Dr. Petrakos is on sabbatical.

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