Dr. David Rossiter


Environmental Studies


(360) 650-2821


Arntzen Hall 232

Office Hours:

Winter 2020 - Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11 and 1-2

A broadly trained human geographer with interests in cultural, historical, and political sub-fields, Rossiter received his PhD in Geography from York University in 2005. In addition to teaching and writing in these areas, he serves as Associate Editor for Book and Film Reviews for BC Studies​.

2019-20 courses:

Winter   - ENVS 204 Human Geography

              - ENVS 331 | C/AM 331 Canada: Society and Environment

Research Interests

Dr. Rossiter's research focuses on human geographies of settler colonialism in northwestern North America, with particular emphasis on the politics of land and resources in the territory that has come to be known as British Columbia. His projects have investigated intersecting spaces of environmental and Indigenous politics, historical constructions of settler resource geographies, and political geographies of Indigenous and Crown territorial claims. He is currently studying historical geographies of recreation in the mountainous North Shore region of Vancouver, BC.


Recent Articles and Chapters

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, "The Geography of the Crown: Reflections on Mikisew Cree and Williams Lake," Supreme Court Law Review 94, 2020, 187-205.

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, "The Politics of Refusal: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 61(2), 2017, 165-177.

David A. Rossiter and Patricia Burke Wood, "Neoliberalism as Shape-shifter: the Case of Aboriginal Title and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," Society and Natural Resources 29(8), 2016, 900-915.

David A. Rossiter, "The ‘Nature’ of Canadian Studies in the United States," American Review of Canadian Studies 45(3), 2015, 259-65.

David A. Rossiter, "The Nature of a Blockade: Environmental Politics and the Haida Action on Lyell Island, British Columbia" in Y.D. Belanger and P.W. Lakenbauer (eds.) Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015, 70-89.


PhD and MA Geography, York University; BA Hons. Geography, University of British Columbia