In recognition of SFU’s 50th Anniversary, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is highlighting some of our former faculty members; in 2013, Dean John Craig hired Simone Hanebaum, an SFU graduate student in History, to conduct biographical research in the SFU Archives.

The biographies published here, researched and written by Hanebaum, feature some of the faculty members who helped create and shape FASS.   We are keen to add details and correct errors: please get in touch.

Over 350 FASS faculty biographies are complete but not yet online;
please check back, as we will add new biographies regularly.

Simone Hanebaum: About the Biographies

When Dean John Craig hired me to research biographies for FASS faculty as part of commemorative activities for the 50th anniversary I did not know much about SFU’s history. I started with a close reading of Professor Emeritus Hugh Johnston’s Radical Campus

Armed with a better general knowledge, I headed to the basement of Maggie Benston to the SFU Archives, and also relied on course guides, SFU News and The Peak archives, WorldCat, journal articles, and social media profiles for the research. 

Made possible by the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the generous assistance of the archival staff at the SFU Archives, the biographies project thus includes faculty who were tenure track or continuing lecturers for a minimum of 5 years, with the exception of a few scholars deemed too significant to scholarship or to SFU’s history to omit.

Any inaccuracies or omissions are unintentional, and an open invitation to add information or to correct mistakes is extended to all, particularly to faculty, past and present: please feel free to get in touch.

About the Biographer

Simone Hanebaum came to SFU in 2009 as an undergraduate after spending two years studying the International Baccalaureate at the United World College of the Adriatic in northern Italy. Graduating with the Gold Medal and the Stephen MacIntyre Book Prize in History, she was awarded her BA with Distinction in History, with a minor in Archaeology, in 2012. 

Simone stayed at SFU for graduate studies in early modern English history under the supervision of Dr. John Craig. Her thesis examined Thomas Bentley’s ‘Monumentes of Antiquities’ manuscript and she received her MA in History in 2014. After a year working as the researcher on the FASS Faculty Biography project, she is now a Ph.D. student in History at the University of Cambridge, UK.