James (Jay) F.E. White, PhD
Halifax, Nova Scotia
 E-mail: jaywhites(at)gmail(period)com
Tel: +1 (902) 420-1223 


Ph.D. McMaster University (1994)       Download my PhD dissertation
  M.A.  Dalhousie University (1984)
  B.A.   Mount Allison University (1982)
  Doctoral fields    Canadian History (Major); U.S. & British (Minors)




2003-2013   Assistant Professor, Royal Military College of Canada
2006   Assistant Professor, St. Mary’s University
2004-2005   Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Vincent University
1999-2005   Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
1997-1998   Assistant Professor, Acadia University
1994-1996   Visiting Lecturer, Western Washington University


2015 – Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917.
Client: Canada Post Corporation
2014 – Military Units of Halifax Fortress in Two World Wars.
Client: Parks Canada Agency
2014 – Garrison Response to the Halifax Explosion.
Client: Parks Canada Agency


2013 – Norwegian Contributions to Canadian Arctic Exploration Research Report.
Client: Canada Post Corporation


2012 – Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918 Research Report.
Client: Canada Post Corporation


2011 – Cable Ships Research. Mid-19th century and post-1970 aspects.
Client:  Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


2009 – “East Coast Port”: Halifax at War, 1939-1945
Digitization Project. Consultant and contributing author.
Client: Nova Scotia Archives


2008 – Canadian Navy Centenary Research Report.
Client: Canada Post Corporation


2008 – MS St. Louis and the Hamburg-American Line.
Client:  Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


2008 – “Canada’s Ocean Playground”: The Tourism Industry in Nova Scotia, 1870-1970 Digitization Project. Consultant and contributing author.
Client: Nova Scotia Archives


2007 – Captain Robert A. Bartlett, Arctic explorer Research Report.
Client: Canada Post Corporation


2000 – Impact of Ocean Liners on Nova Scotia.
Client: Maritime Museum of the Atlantic


“Mobility in Place: The Irish-Catholics of Victorian Halifax,” Historical Studies Occasional Paper Vol. 81, Canadian Catholic Historical Association (2015), 139-166.
“‘A Vista of Infinite Development’: Surveying Nova Scotia’s Early Tourism Industry,” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal Vol. 6 (2003), 144-169.
“God’s Ark: Subscription Book Publishing and the Titanic,” Acadiensis XXVIII, No. 2 (Spring 1999), 93-118.
“Hardly Heroes: Canadian Merchant Seamen and the International Convoy System, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin Du Nord, Vol. V, No. 4 (October 1995), 19-36.
“Exploding Myths: The Halifax Harbour Explosion in Historical Context” in Alan Ruffman and Colin D. Howell, eds., Ground Zero: A Reassessment of the 1917 Explosion in Halifax Harbour (Halifax: Nimbus Publishing, 1994).
“The Homes Front: The Accommodation Crisis in Halifax, 1941-1951,” Urban History Review, XX No. 3 (February 1992), 117-127.
“Halifax: Ein kanadisches Etappen-Gebiet,” in M.Hiller, Eberhard Jackel, and Jurgen Rohwer, eds., Stadte im 2. Weltkrieg (Essen: Klartext Verlag, 1991), 168-183.
“Pulling Teeth: Striking for the Check-off in the Halifax Shipyards, 1944,” Acadiensis, XIX No. 1 (Fall 1989), 115-141. Reprinted in Michael Earle, ed., Workers and the State in Nova Scotia (Fredericton: Acadiensis Press, 1989).


Review of Colin Pengelly, Sir Samuel Hood and the Battle of the Chesapeake
Canadian Naval Review (Winter 2010), 42-43.


Review of Barry Gough, Through Water, Ice & Fire: Schooner Nancy of the War of 1812 Canadian Naval Review (Spring 2008), 43-44.
“Portia White,” Halifax Daily News Supplement, 25 March 2001.
Review of Marshall Everett, ed., Story of the Wreck of the Titanic (reprint, 1999) The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord, (Fall 1999), 58-59.
Review of Robert G. Halford’s The Unknown Navy: Canada’s Merchant Marine in World War II in The Northern Mariner/Le Marin Du Nord, Vol. VI, No. 4 (October 1996).
“Conversations with Capt. Anthony MacPherson Ross, F.R.G.S., M.I.N.,” serialized in four parts, Argonauta, XI, Nos.1-4 (1994).
“Forlorn Hope: The Last Stand of HMS Jervis Bay,” Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 2 November 1990, B1-B2.


French language proficiency (C/B/C; Public Service of Canada tested 11/2006)


Independent Tour Operator, Coastline Custom Tours, 2016-2018
Private tour guide, Canbird Tours (Halifax), 2013-2015
Lecturer/tour guide, Road Scholar programs, 2011-2018
Onboard historian, Clipper Cruise Line, 2000-2005
Onboard historian, Cruise West, 2006
Onboard historian, Haimark Cruise Line, 2015