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James “Jim” Mochoruk

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James Mochoruk
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A Professor of History at the University of North Dakota, he was born, raised, and educated at Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jim received a BA (Honours) from the University of Winnipeg, and an MA and PhD from the University of Manitoba. Since arriving at UND in 1993, he has taught comparative courses in Canadian and US history at the undergraduate and graduate level, a two-course series on the British Empire/Commonwealth, and graduate historiography. He has developed more courses in Canadian history, most notably one on native history.

Mochoruk specializes in researching northern development in Canada and the social and labor history of western Canada. He has also examined the nature of historical writing in the “Wests” of Canada and the United States.

He was recognized as UND’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the year in 1998 and has been the recipient of a Faculty Research Grant from the Government of Canada, a Faculty Research Seed Money Grant from UND, and a variety of other awards and distinctions in both the United States and Canada. He has also been the author or editor of numerous publications including articles, book chapters, abstracts, monographs, and books. The most recent of Mochoruk’sbooks, “Formidable Heritage”: Manitoba’s North and the Cost of Development, 1870 to 1930 was awarded the Manitoba Historical Society’s Margaret McWilliams Award for best scholarly book in 2005.

His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:

An Interview with Mitch Sago
Manitoba History
, Number 9, Spring 1985

Review: Daniel Stone (editor), Jewish Radicalism in Winnipeg, 1905-1960
Manitoba History, Number 46, Autumn/Winter 2003-2004

Literary, Architectural, and Popular Approaches to the History of Winnipeg
Manitoba History, Number 55, June 2007

Manitoba Expands Northward: A Special Edition of Manitoba History
Manitoba History, Number 68, Spring 2012

The Construction of a Regional Identity: Northern Manitoba on the Eve of Industrialization
Manitoba History, Number 69, Summer 2012

William James Sisler, A Most Unconventional, Conventional Man. Part One: The Educator as a Young Man
Manitoba History, Number 78, Summer 2015

William James Sisler, A Most Unconventional, Conventional Man. Part Two: The Educator as Assimilationist, Defender and Public Intellectual
Manitoba History, Number 79, Fall 2015

Review: Orest T. Martynowych, The Showman and the Ukrainian Cause: Folk Dance, Film, and the Life of Vasile Avramenko
Manitoba History, Number 80, Spring 2016

Review: Thomas M. Prymak, Gathering a Heritage: Ukrainian, Slavonic, and Ethnic Canada and the USA
Manitoba History, Number 80, Spring 2016

Review: Sandra Semchuk, The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps
Prairie History, Number 1, Winter 2020

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