Hugh Johnston

Hugh Johnston is a professor emeritus of history at SFU, where he taught for 36 years. For 11 of those years, he was the department chair. Since retirement, he has enjoyed teaching in the Adults 55+ Program at SFU.

He attended the University of Toronto, the Ontario College of Education, the University of Western Ontario, and King’s College at the University of London. Between degrees, he taught high school for three years.

From 1992 to 2001, he served on the board of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organization promoting scholarly exchange; from 1995 to 1996 he was resident director of the institute’s office in Delhi; and in 2001, he was the institute’s president.

He has written about British and South Asian migration and settlement, 18th-century exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and higher education in Canada. His books include British Emigration Policy 1815–1830: Shovelling out Paupers (1972); The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada’s Colour Bar (1979); The Four Quarters of the Night: the Life Story of an Emigrant Sikh (1995); and Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University (2005). He is working on a biography of Kapoor Singh, a Sikh pioneer, mill owner and philanthropist.

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