Jay2008_crThis website chronicles my work as a professional historian. Here you will find published articles, summaries of completed research projects, and links to social media sites.

From 1994 to 2006 I taught undergraduate and graduate history courses in Canada and the United States. From 2003 to 2013, I was an instructor in the Officer Professional Military Education programme for the Canadian Armed Forces. I currently work for Statistics Canada; during the summer tourist season I am a tour guide and Road Scholar lecturer/group leader.

My research interests chiefly relate to Atlantic Canada, Arctic and Canadian Military history. My portfolio includes commissioned research for public sector agencies such as Canada Post Corporation, Parks Canada Agency, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and Nova Scotia Archives. I also conduct historical research for private sector clients.

Coastline Custom Tours offers private tours for visitors to Halifax; my services are marketed through ToursByLocals.com

James (Jay) F. E. White, PhD
August 2016


Why Arambec?

“Arambec” (also spelled “Arembec”) is an old English word first used in the early 1500s to describe the region I live in. “Norumbega” is a variation of the same word often seen on old maps of New England. Although most of my research focus has been post-1850, I’ve always been fascinated by the period 1500 to 1600 in the history of Atlantic Canada. The few sources that survive describe a fabulously rich ecosystem. When I visit places like the gannet colony on the Gaspé peninsula or go whale-watching in the Bay of Fundy, I am reminded that what we see today is a remnant of what Europeans discovered here a millenium ago.