Blake Brown

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts
History

Faculty Member Information

Education

Ph.D., History, Dalhousie University, 2005
B.A., History (Honours), Acadia University, 2000
M.A., Criminology, University of Toronto, 2000
Bachelor of Laws, , University of Toronto, 2000
M.A., History, York University, 1999

Academic Work Experience

2015 - Present, Graduate Coordinator , Atlantic Canada Studies Program
2014 - 2014, Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in Wellington
2010 - Present, Associate Professor, Department of History & Atlantic Canada Studies Program, Saint Mary’s University
2008 - 2008, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair & Visiting Scholar, Department of History, Vanderbilt University
2007 - 2010, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
2007 - Present, Adjunct Associate Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University
2005 - 2007, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University
2003 - 2007, Part-Time Professor, Dalhousie Law School, Dalhousie University
2003 - 2004, Visiting Junior Fellow, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto
2003 - 2003, Fellow, J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, University of Wisconsin
2000 - 2001, Visiting Researcher, Harvard Law School, Harvard University

Membership

2003 - Present, Canadian Law & Society Association
2003 - 2008, Association for Canadian Studies
2002 - Present, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society
2001 - Present, Canadian Historical Association
1998 - Present, American Society for Legal History
1997 - Present, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History

Honours

2012 Book Prize for Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada Canadian Law & Society Association - 2013
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - 2005
Graduate Essay Prize Canadian Journal of History - 2003
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship Dalhousie University - 2001
Izaak Walton Killam Doctoral Fellowship Dalhousie University - 2001
Queen's Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - 2001
Patricia Myhal Scholarship for Excellence in Legal Writing University of Toronto - 2000
Dean’s List University of Toronto - 2000
Cassels Brock & Blackwell Prize University of Toronto - 2000
Essay Prize Saskatchewan Law Review - 2000
JSD Tory Fellowship University of Toronto - 2000
Osgoode Society Legal History Book Prize University of Toront - 2000
University Medal in History Acadia University - 1996
Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales Entrance Scholarship University of Toronto - 1996
Margaret L. Ford Scholarship Acadia University - 1995
A.H. Maclean Prize in History Acadia University - 1995
Manning Summer Research Award Acadia University - 1994
Margaret L. Ford Scholarship Acadia University - 1994
W. Gordon Ross Memorial Scholarship Acadia University - 1994
E. Blanche Thomas Prize Acadia University - 1993
Dr. Esther Isabell Clark Wright Scholarship Acadia University - 1993
Margaret L. Ford Scholarship Acadia University - 1992
Fred C. Manning Scholarship Acadia University - 1992

Teaching: Course / Program Development

2006/03 - Present, Teaching At Saint Mary`s University

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Brown Blake. (2011)"Review of James Wood, Militia Myths: Ideas of the Canadian Citizen Soldier, 1896-1921", Militia Myths: Ideas of the Canadian Citizen Soldier, 1896-1921 , British Journal of Canadian Studies 1:24, 86-87
Brown Blake. (2011)"Review of Peter Vronsky, Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada", Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada , British Journal of Canadian Studies 1:26, 130
Brown Blake. (2008)"Review of Barry Cahill, Frank Manning Covert: 50 Years in the Practice of Law", Canadian Historical Review 4:87, 405-407
Brown Blake. (2008)"Review of Patrick Brode, Courted and Abandoned: Seduction in Canada", Ontario History 2:95, 217-219
Brown Blake. (2008)"Review of Christopher English, Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume IX: Two Islands: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island", Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume IX: Two Islands: Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island , Dalhousie Law Journal, 463-471
Brown Blake. (2005)"Review of Peter Oliver, The Conventional Man: The Diaries of Ontario Chief Justice Robert A. Harrison, 1856-1878", Ontario History 97:1, 97-99
Brown Blake. (2004)"Review of David Murray, Colonial Justice: Justice, Morality, and Crime in the Niagara District, 1791-1849", Law and History Review 22:3, 681-683
Brown Blake. (2004)"Review of F. Murray Greenwood & Barry Wright, Canadian State Trials; Volume II: Rebellion and Invasion in the Canadas, 1837-1839", Canadian Historical Review 85:1, 122-125

Book

Brown Blake. "Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada" (Spring - 2012)
Brown Blake. "A Trying Question: The Jury in Nineteenth-Century Canada" (Spring - 2009)

Book Chapters

Brown Blake. (2013). ""‘Possession of arms among these men … might lead to serious consequences’: Regulating Firearms in the Canadas"", Essays in the History of Canadian Law, Volume XI: Quebec and the Canadas, 503-537
Brown Blake, Llewellyn Jennifer. (2010). ""‘Capitalist ‘justice’ as peddled by the ‘Noble Lords’: Toronto Electric Commissioners v. Snider et al"", Work on Trial: Cases in Context, 15-42
Brown Blake. (2009). ""‘Stars and Shamrocks will be Sown:’ The Fenian State Trials, 1866-67"", Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914, 35-84
Brown Blake. (2009). ""One Version of History: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Use of History in the Quebec Secession Reference"", Framing Federalism for the Twenty-First Century: Historical Essays in Honour of John T. Saywell., 15-50
Brown Blake. (2004). ""'To Err is Human, To Forgive Divin': The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Labour Relations Board, 1947-1965"", The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle, 449-489
Brown Blake, Jones Susan. (2004). ""A Collective Biography of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, 1900-2000"", The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia 1754-2004: From Imperial Bastion to Provincial Oracle, 204-242

Journal Articles

Brown Blake, Yhard Noelle. ""The harshness and injustice of the common law rule … has frequently been commented upon": Debating Contributory Negligence in Canada, 1900-1950", Dalhousie Law Journal 36:1 (Spring - 2013), 137-169
Brown Blake. "‘Every boy ought to learn to shoot and to obey orders’: Guns, Boys, and the Law in Canada from the late Nineteenth Century to the Great War", Canadian Historical Review 93:2 (Spring - 2012), 196-226
Brown Blake. "‘Pistol Fever’: Regulating Revolvers in Late-Nineteenth-Century Canada", Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 20:1 (Spring - 2009), 107-138
Brown B. "“That privilege … of having Grand jurymen from our towns”: Grand Juries, Municipal Reform, and Responsible Government in Nova Scotia", Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 10 (Spring - 2007), 47-71
Reid L, Ram N, Brown Blake. "Compensation for Gamete Donation: The Analogy with Jury Duty", Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 16:1 (Spring - 2007), 35-43
Brown Blake. "Storms, Roads, and Harvest Time: Criticisms of Jury Service in Pre-Confederation Nova Scotia", Acadiensis 36:1 (Spring - 2006), 93-111
Brown Blake. ""Three Cheers for Lord Denman": The Irish, Reformers and Jury Packing in Nova Scotia, 1833-1845", Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 16 (Spring - 2005), 139-167
Brown Blake. "A Taxonomy of Methodological Approaches in Recent Canadian Legal History", Acadiensis 34 (Spring - 2005), 145-155
Brown Blake. ""A Delusion, A Mockery, and a Snare": Challenges to the Array and Jury Selection in England and Ireland, 1800-1850", Canadian Journal of History 39 (Spring - 2004), 1-26
Brown Blake, Kimball Bruce. "The Highest Legal Ability in the Nation: Langdell on Wall Street, 1855-1870", Law & Social Inquiry 29:1 (Spring - 2004), 39-104
Brown Blake. "The Supreme Court of Canada and Judicial Legitimacy: The Rise and Fall of Chief Justice Lyman Poore Duff", McGill Law Journal 47 (Spring - 2002), 559-591

Presentation

Brown Blake. "‘As a rule, it is not advisable to bring an action against a physician’: Litigating Medical Malpractice in Canada, 1902-1935", Canadian Law and Society Association Annual Meeting (Spring - 2015)
Brown Blake. "Medical Malpractice in Interwar Canada: Negotiating the Boundaries of Personal Responsibility, Medical Ethics, & Public Policy", Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting (Spring - 2015)
Brown Blake. "Doctors versus Patients: A Legal History of Medical Malpractice Litigation in Canada, 1902-1935", Social Science History Association (Fall - 2014)
Brown Blake. "The Canadian Medical Profession and the Politics of Malpractice Litigation, 1880-1914", Mobilisations politiques et prises de parole citoyenne au Québec et au Canada (Fall - 2014)
Brown Blake. "Firearms Owners and the Emotions of Grievance in Postwar Canada", Comparing Civil Gun Cultures: Do Emotions Make the Difference Conference (Summer - 2014)
Brown Blake. "“The harshness and injustice of the common law rule … has frequently been commented upon”: Debating Contributory Negligence in Canada, 1900-1950", Conference on the Legal Histories of the British Empire (Summer - 2012)
Brown Blake. "Firearm Laws and the Emergence of a Gun Lobby in Postwar Canada", International Conference on Law & Society (Spring - 2012)
Brown Blake. "‘We are gradually getting like Chicago’: Gun Control in Interwar Canada", Transformation: State, Nation, and Citizenship in a New Environment Conference (Fall - 2011)
Brown Blake. "‘Requiring the registration of firearms…must be approached with extreme caution’: Police and Gun Control Debates in Canada, 1968-1978", Canadian Historical Association Annual Conference (Spring - 2011)
Brown Blake. "‘Too many foreigners [are] carrying weapons and something will have to be done’: Canadian Gun Control and the World Wars", Canadian Law & Society Association Annual Meeting (Spring - 2011)
Brown Blake. "‘When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns’: The Formation of the Canadian Gun Lobby, 1972-1978", People and Politics: Interactions between Citizens and the Canadian State Conference (Winter - 2011)

Other Publications

Brown Blake. "William Francis O’Connor"
Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol.16 (Spring - 2015)
Brown Blake. "Canada’s semi-tough stance on semis"
Opinion Page, Halifax Chronicle Herald (Spring - 2014)
Brown Blake. "Humphrey Mellish"
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol.16 (Spring - 2014)
Brown Blake. "Haymarket Trial, Illinois"
The American Midwest: An Interpretative Encyclopedia (Richard Sisson, Christian Zacher, and Andrew Cayton) (Spring - 2007)
Brown Blake. "Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree: The Boom Years of the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Trade, 1915-1960"
The Beaver (Spring - 1999)

Service: Institutional Committees

Senate Curriculum Committee, 2013/03 - None (247)
University Review Committee, 2011/03 - 2013/03 (248)
History Graduate Coordinator Appointment Committee, 2011/03 - 2011/03 (249)
SMUFU Observer, University Review Committee, 2010/03 - 2011/03 (SMUFU Observer)
Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Arts, 2009/03 - 2011/03 (251)
Selection Committee (American History position), Department of History, 2009/03 - 2010/03 (252)
Research Committee, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, 2008/03 - 2011/03 (253)
SMUFU Observer, University Review Committee, 2008/03 - 2008/03 (255)
SMUFU Observer, University Review Committee, 2008/03 - 2008/03 (256)
History Society liaison, 2008/03 - None (254)
Selection Committee (Asian History position), Department of History, 2007/03 - 2008/03 (257)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Chair and Jury Member for Article Prize awarded by the Political History Group of the Canadian Historical Association, Political History Group of the Canadian Historical Association 2014/03 - Present
Council Member, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 2014/01 - Present
Peer-reviewed book manuscript , Osgoode Society and the University of Toronto Press 2013/03 - 2013/03
Peer-reviewed article manuscript, Australia Journal of Legal History 2013/03 - 2013/03
Peer-reviewed article manuscript, Histoire sociale / Social History 2012/03 - 2012/03
Peer-reviewed article manuscript, Acadiensis 2012/03 - 2012/03
Peer-reviewed article for edited collection, Carswell Press 2012/03 - 2012/03
Peer-reviewed article manuscript, Osgoode Hall Law Journal 2011/03 - 2011/03
Council Member, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 2011/03 - Present
Program Committee, American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri 2010/03 - 2011/03
College of Reviewers, Canada Research Chair Program 2010/03 - Present
Peer-reviewed book manuscript, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the University of Toronto Press 2009/03 - 2009/03
Peer-reviewed book manuscript, University of British Columbia Press 2009/03 - 2009/03