Tim Stapleton

Dr. Timothy Stapleton


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Educational Background

B.A. History, Memorial University, 1989

Doctor of Philosophy History, Dalhousie University, 1993

M.A. History, Dalhousie University, 1990


Substantive Academic Positions:

Professor/Associate Prof/Assistant Prof, Department of History, Trent University 1998-2015

Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Fort Hare, South Africa 1995-98

Post-doctoral Fellow/Lecturer, Department of History, Rhodes University, South Africa 1993-94


Research Affiliations:

Nigerian Defence Academy 2019-present

University of Zambia 2013

University of Botswana 2010

University of Zimbabwe 2000-2009

Rhodes University 1991-92


Areas of Research

African History, Military History


Course number Course title Semester
HTST 202 LEC 01 01 An Intro to Military History 2021
HTST 402 LEC 01 01 Military History of Africa 2020
HTST 57301 SEC 01 S01 Topics in African History 2021
HTST 63701 LEC 01 01 Topics in Military History 2020


Military Culture in British Colonial West Africa

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant, 2016-2021

A History of Tracking in Southern Africa

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), External Standard Grant, 2011-13

The Wrong Side of History: Black Soldiers and Police in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1923-1980

SSHRC, External Standard Grant, 2007-2009

War and Society in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) 1914-18

SSHRC, External Standard Grant, 2001-2003

Ways of War in Conquest Era Nigeria, 1860-1930

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSRHC) Insight Grant, 2023-27


  • Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award, Africa Conference, University of Texas at Austin. 2019
  • Outstanding Reference Source, Reference and User Services Association (American Library Association). 2018
  • Leader in Internationalization, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary. 2020
  • 2021


In the News

  • Coup in Zimbabwe. CTV News. (2017)
  • The Forgotten Heroes of Empire. Al Jazeera. (2019)
  • Finding Your Roots. PBS.
  • Queen Nzinga. Radio France International (RFI).
  • Death of Nelson Mandela. La Presse. (2013)