Ryan O'Connor

Environmental Historian

RyanOConnor Ryan O'Connor is a historian of the environment movement, with a particular focus on Canada. Having completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario, he is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University. The author of a forthcoming monograph about first wave environmental activism in Toronto, he is also co-editor of a forthcoming collection on Canadian environmentalism.



Toronto the Green: The Origins of Canada’s Environmental Movement. UBC Press, contract signed.


The Great Green North: The History of Canada’s Environmental Movement. To be submitted to University of Calgary Press. Co-edited with Stephen Bocking.

“Talking Green: Oral History and Environmental History.” Oral History Forum 30 (2010). Special journal issue, co-edited with Alan MacEachern.


Journal Articles

“Advertising the Canadian Environmental Movement: The Story of Vickers and Benson.” Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, forthcoming.

“An Ecological Call to Arms: The Air of Death and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario.” Ontario History, forthcoming.

“Agrarian Protest and Provincial Politics: Prince Edward Island and the 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration.” Acadiensis 37:1 (Winter/Spring 2008): 31-55.

Ryan can be e-mailed at: ryanoconnor@trentu.ca