Chapnick, Adam 1976-
Chapnick, Adam 1976-
Born 1976. Education: Trent University, B.A. (with honors), 1998; Carleton University, M.A., 2000; University of Toronto, Ph.D., 2004. Hobbies and other interests: "Spinning, fitness, reading."
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Academician. Canadian Stage Company, consultant in sales and marketing, 2000-03; University of Toronto Schools Alumni Board, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, director, 2000-02; University of Toronto, Toronto, instructor in history, 2003, lecturer in history, 2004-06, director of the Teaching Assistants' Training Programme and University College Writing Workshop tutor; Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, assistant professor of defense studies, 2006—; Canadian Forces College, Toronto, deputy chair of the Department of Command, Leadership, and Management, 2006-07, deputy director of education and research, 2007—. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow, 2005; John Holmes Library Endowment trustee.
Academic Council on the United Nations System, Association for Canadian Studies, Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Canada's History Society, Canadian Historical Association, Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies, Canadian Political Science Association, Educational Developers Caucus, International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History (founding member), Organization for the History of Canada, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Marvin Gelber Prize, International Journal, 2000, for superior article by a junior Canadian scholar; Marcel Cadieux Distinguished Writing Award, International Journal, 2005, for best article published; recipient of numerous academic fellowships, grants, and scholarships.
(Editor) Through Our Eyes: An Alumni History of the University of Toronto Schools, 1960-2000, Trafford (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 2004.
(Editor, with Norman Hillmer) Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the Twentieth Century, McGill-Queen's University Press (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), 2007.
Contributor of chapters to numerous academic books. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals and academic journals, including International Journal, International Insights, Canadian Military Journal, Policy Options, Journal of Canadian Studies, American Review of Canadian Studies, Ontario History, University of Toronto Quarterly, Canadian Council on International Law Bulletin, Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Calgary Herald, SITREP, Toronto Star, and Canadian Foreign Policy.
Editorial and advisory board member of various journals, including History of Canada Online, 2003, Organization for the History of Canada, 2001—, Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2001-03, and E-merge, the Student Journal for International Affairs, 1999-2002.
Adam Chapnick is a Canadian academician. His writing primarily deals with Canadian history and nationalism. Chapnick completed his undergraduate studies at Trent University in 1998, and earned a master of arts degree two years later from Carleton University. He completed a Ph.D. in history at the University of Toronto in 2004. By that point, however, he had already received the Marvin Gelber Prize from the International Journal for publishing a superior article in the journal while still considered a junior Canadian scholar. The same year he was awarded his doctorate, he published his first book, Through Our Eyes: An Alumni History of the University of Toronto Schools, 1960-2000, based in part on his experience working as director of the University of Toronto Schools Alumni Board from 2000 to 2002. After graduating, Chapnick began lecturing at various universities in Canada, including the University of Toronto, Royal Military College, and Canadian Forces College.
In 2005 Chapnick published The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations with UBC Press. The book outlines the role Canada played at the San Francisco conference in 1945 that led to the formation of the United Nations (UN). Although Chapnick concedes that Canada's role in the world body's formation in the fields of economics and social matters was significant, its role overall was overstated. Instead he argues that the formation of the UN did more to change Canada as a nation than Canadian input altered the UN.
A contributor to Reference & Research Book News claimed that with The Middle Power Project "Chapnick offers the first thorough, published account" of Canada's involvement in the creation of the UN. Lisa L. Ferrari, writing in the American Review of Canadian Studies, thought that "Chapnick offers a careful, thorough examination of a tightly circumscribed (both temporally and conceptually) topic. Students of Canadian history may find that Chapnick does not tell his story as they expect to hear it; but they will also find themselves persuaded by his history." Ferrari added that "Chapnick does not flinch from showing Canadian failures, foibles, and mistakes. He weaves his history meticulously, documents it exhaustively, and does not shy away from controversial claims. His writing is dense but wonderfully clear, except when untranslated French passages obscure some of his meaning. Any student of twentieth-century Canadian history or the history of international organization can benefit from Chapnick's insightful analysis." Andrew S. Thompson, writing on H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, commented that "Adam Chapnick ably demonstrates," through "crisp chapters," Canada's connection with the UN and "enhances our understanding of Canada's foreign relations." Thompson concluded that The Middle Power Project "is an impressive book, exhaustively researched and convincingly argued. It significantly revises our understanding of Canada's role in the creation of the United Nations and it should be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in Canadian history."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
American Review of Canadian Studies, fall, 2006, Lisa L. Ferrari, review of The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations.
Canadian Book Review Annual, 2005, Ryan Touhey, review of The Middle Power Project, p. 4009.
Canadian Historical Review, December, 2006, Francine McKenzie, review of The Middle Power Project, p. 690.
Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, March, 2006, J.L. Granatstein, review of The Middle Power Project, p. 1287.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online, August, 2006, Andrew S. Thompson, review of The Middle Power Project; November, 2006, Robin S. Gendron, review of The Middle Power Project.
International History Review, December, 2006, Patrick H. Brennan, review of The Middle Power Project, p. 889.
International Journal, Volume 61, number 4, autumn, 2006, William Hogg, review of The Middle Power Project, pp. 993-96.
Literary Review of Canada, April, 2006, David M. Malone, review of The Middle Power Project, pp. 8-9; November, 2007, Jason Bristow, review of Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the Twentieth Century, pp. 26-27.
Osgoode Hall Law Journal, winter, 2006, Valerie Culp, review of The Middle Power Project.
Reference & Research Book News, February, 2006, review of The Middle Power Project.
University of Toronto Quarterly, Volume 76, number 1, 2007, David Webster, review of The Middle Power Project, pp. 547-548.
Canadian Forces College Web site,http://www.cfc.forces.gc.ca/ (December 9, 2007), author profile.
University of Toronto Web site,http://www.utoronto.ca/ (December 9, 2007), author profile.