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 Joan Dawson, Nova Scotia’s Lost Communities: The Early Settlements That Helped Build the Province Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal Vol. 22 (2019).


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, 2015-2019
Lecturer/tour guide, Road Scholar programs, 2011-2019
Private tour guide, Canbird Tours (Halifax), 2013-2015
Onboard historian, Haimark Cruise Line, 2015
Onboard historian, Cruise West, 2006
Onboard historian, Clipper Cruise Line, 2000-2005