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Keith Carlson PhD UBC, 2003

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Member in History

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Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous history
  • Community engagement
  • Coast Salish ethnohistory
  • North American west & North American Pacific slope
  • Hukbalahap Philippine history
  • Digital Humanities

About me

Keith Thor Carlson is a professor of History and Research Chair in Aboriginal and Community-engaged History.  Born and raised in Powell River on BC's west coast, his scholarship focuses on the Salish people of British Columbia and Washington State. He was adopted as an honorary member of the Sto:lo Nation in a potlatch ceremony in 2001.  He also has emerging research relationships with Cree and Metis communities in Canada's prairie region.  Another research interest remains in mid-twentieth century Philippine peasant history, and in particular in the history of the Hukbalahap.  He is actively engaged in graduate supervision and considers community-engagement fundamental to both his and his students' research. Outside academia he continues to receive ongoing education from Salish knowledge keepers and knowledge interpreters.  

Beyond scholarship Keith loves spending time with his wife and two sons, salmon and trout fishing, strumming the guitar, exploring the outdoors, and wood carving.

PhD UBC 2004; MA UVic 1990; BA UVic 1988





Teaching & Supervision



Coast Salish Indigenous aboriginal community community engagement ethnohistory indigenous history



Education & Training


PhD UBC, 2003

MA UVic 1992

BA UVic 1988