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Rainer Baehre

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Dr. Rainer Baehre, B.A., M.A. (Waterloo), M.Phil. Ph.D.(York)

Phone: (709) 637-6278

Email: rbaehre@grenfell.mun.ca

Office:  AS332J

Professor – Historical Studies; (cross-listed) Social/Cultural Studies


Dr. Baehre teaches Canadian history, comparative social and cultural history, Indigenous history, environmental history, and several courses in twentieth-century history. His research has focused on interconnectedness of social and cultural institutions of the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in Canada, and how "power/knowledge" manifested itself historically in fields like criminal justice, medicine and psychiatry, social welfare, immigration, inequality, race, gender, and Indigenous-settler encounters. In addition to Outrageous Seas: Shipwreck and Survival in the Waters off Newfoundland, 1583-1893 (McGill-Queen's), he has authored many chapters in collections of Canadian social and legal history as well as studies of Newfoundland and Labrador..​



(Undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, fellowships, certificates)


Ph.D. (1985) York University

M.Phil. (1977) University of Waterloo

M.A. (1976) University of Waterloo

B.A. (1973) History, University of Waterloo




Representative Publications

(Up to 10 citations)

  • "Reconstructing Heritage and Cultural Identity in Marginalized and Hinterland Communities: Case Studies from Western Newfoundland, Canada," London Journal of Canadian Studies, 30 (2015). 
  • "Indigenizing the Academy: The Case of Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Newfoundland Mi'kmaq Resurgence," Morning Watch: Journal of Educational and Social Analysis 40, 3-4 (2013): 104-115.
  • "Whose Pine-Clad Hills: Forest Rights and Access in Newfoundland and Labrador's History," Newfoundland Quarterly 103, 4 (2011): 42-47.
  • "Sustainability in the Humber River Basin", International Journal of Global Warming 3 No.1/2 (2011): 3- 29. Co-authored.
  • "Nineteenth Century Medical and Anthropological Views of the Labrador Inuit," in "Very Rough Country": Proceedings of the Labrador Explorations Symposium.  Ed. Martha MacDonald. St. John's: The Labrador Institute, 2010.  228-250.
  • "Early Anthropological Discourse on the Inuit and the Influence of Virchow on Boas," Etudes Inuit Studies 38, 2 (2008): 13- 34.
  • "Diplomacy, Legal Issues, and Foreign Fishing in Newfoundland, 1814-30: Revisiting the 1815 Treaty of Paris and the 1818 Convention," Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Vol. 10, a Festschrift in Memory of Peter N. Oliver.  Eds. Jim Phillips, R. Roy McMurtry, and John T. Saywell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press for Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2008.
  • "Trying the Rebels: Emergency Legislation and the Colonial Executive's Overall Legal Strategy in the Upper Canadian Rebellion," in Canadian State Trials, Vol. 2; Rebellion in the Canadas.  Eds. Barry Wright and Murray Greenwood. Toronto: The Osgoode Society, 2002. pp. 41-61.
  • Outrageous Seas: Shipwreck and Other Narratives from Newfoundland Waters, 1583-1896. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. 
  • "Imperial Authority and Colonial Officialdom of Upper Canada in the 1830s: the State, Crime, Lunacy, and Everyday Social Order," in Law, State, and Society: Essays in Modern Legal History.  Eds. Susan Binnie and Louis Knafla. Toronto: Law Society of Upper Canada and University of Toronto Press, 1995.  pp. 181-214.
Recent awards 
Current research projects and grants

Title: "An Environmental History of the Humber River Basin region." This research in the environmental history of the Humber River Basin region attempts to develop an understanding of the historical relationship between the region's natural and human environments. 


Title: "Qalipu First Nations Mapping Project"

I am an ongoing contributor to a project developing a new map of Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland) using entirely Mi'kmaq place names.


Research interests and expertiseEnvironmental history of western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula; Aboriginal history of Newfoundland and Labrador; social/cultural/political history of Upper Canada

Chair, Historical Studies

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