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Teaching -- Publications -- Biography -- Interests
To learn my philosophy of teaching, access my teaching philosophy page.
My university teaching experience is listed on my teaching dossier.
(Photo: Grant at Library and Archives Canada, July 2007.)


Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA)

I have been engaged in YATA and NATO issues since November 2002, when the educational Prague Atlantic Student Summit was held at the same time as the NATO Head-of-State Summit.
I served for one year on the YATA international executive board as Vice President - Education. I was elected to this post at the YATA / Atlantic Treaty  Association AGM, Athens, December 2006.

The 2007 YATA / Atlantic Treaty Association AGM was held in Ottawa from 31 October-2 November. A new YATA board was chosen. Its members are from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Portugal, and the United States.

Here is Hell: Canada's Engagement in Somalia (UBC Press, 2007) is an expanded and revised version of my doctoral dissertaton on Canada's engagement in the Somalia peace operations of 1992-93. The book uses original research - such as Access to Information Requests, document content analysis, and interviews with eighty-five different senior Canadian, U.S. and UN decision makers (there were 110 interviews total) to tackle a controversial and still topical subject. Click on the cover at right for a longer description of the book, the table of contents, the dust jacket reviews, and secure Internet purchase options. The complete list of interviewees is also available. This information is not available anywhere else, including in the published book.
For Grant's complete publication list, click here to access his cv.
Media outreach: articles about Grant and his research:
Vanguard Magazine profiled Grant's research (and published Here is Hell excerpts) in its March / April 2007 issue. A profile and interview with Grant appeared in Panorama, the award-winning newsletter of Carleton University's Faculty of Public Affairs, in 2006. Please click the external link "Studying Somalia" Pamorama (Spring 2006) if you would like to read it.
He has been contacted for interviews or quoted by CBC Television, CBC Radio, the "It's Your Government" program on iChannel, Toronto StarOttawa Citizen, Embassy Magazine, Now Magazine (Toronto) and, as noted above, Vanguard Magazine.  The newspaper articles in which Grant was quoted are available on his media outreach page.
Latest News and Updates:
The 2007-08 Here is Hell national book tour is finished! Many people got a copy signed and personally inscribed. The tour encompassed five cities in four provinces - from Fredericton in the East, to Calgary in the West. Stops were Winnipeg, Fredericton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Calgary (co-hosted by the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary).
Here is Hell was 5th on the paperback non-fiction best seller list of the McNally Robinson book stores in Winnipeg, for the week of June 17th 2007. This was a result of the national book tour stop there on the 18th.
Dr. Grant Dawson is currently: Sessional Lecturer in History and in Political Science, Carleton University.
He has taught History for the University of Ottawa and Royal Military College, and lectured on political science and history at universities and conferences across Canada.

Longer professional biography of Grant
  • Science fiction
I am a big fan of Star Trek and various sci-fi books and movies.
  • Middle and long-distance running

(Photo: start, Ottawa Fall Colours Half Marathon, October 2006. I got a PB or a 'personal best' in the race.)

Most often I race the 10K, Half & and Full Marathon distance.  I have run the Boston Marathon four times (2005-08). My current PBs are:
5K - 18:47 (2008)
10K - 37:42 (2008)
Half - 1:23:02 (2008) 
Full - 2:57:49 (2008)
External links to my racing team & former running coach: