About Me

IMG_2663 (1)My name is Ian Milligan and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo. In 2016-17, I am the inaugural Marshall McLuhan Centenary Fellow in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. My primary research focus is on how historians can use web archives. In 2016, I was awarded the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Early Career Award. I also hold an Ontario Early Researcher Award.

I’m principal investigator of the Web Archives for Historical Research group, which is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. If you’re interested in these research questions, please let me know, as I often have funding for graduate students (MA or PhD) interested in working with born-digital sources. Between 2013 and 2016, I’ve received over half a million dollars in federal and provincial funding.

I am additionally a member of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History (which covers the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and Wilfrid Laurier University). My official UW profile is here. I teach courses in historical methodology, postwar Canada, and digital history, and supervise graduate students in diverse areas including postwar Canadian history, video games, and childhood studies.

As noted, I am principal investigator of a SSHRC/Ontario MRI-funded study looking at how historians will be able to use web archives. Preliminary research findings for this have appeared in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, in a prize-winning article entitled “Mining the Internet Graveyard,” as well as the International Journal of Humanities and Arts ComputingDigital Studies, and Code4Lib journal. Some of these methods were employed in a Histoire Sociale/Social History article on Canadian Web regulation as well. You can find out more in my CV.

My first book, Rebel Youth, appeared in 2014 with UBC Press. It represented the culmination of my first research trajectory, an exploration of young workers, students, and New Leftists during Canada’s long sixties. My second book, Exploring Big Historical Data: The Historian’s Macroscope, is a co-written collaborative textbook written with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart. It just came out!

Finally, I’m currently writing a third book: I’ll tell you more about it when it’s ready.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at i2milligan@uwaterloo.ca.