Stephen Patterson, historian, aboriginal and political history
University of New Brunswick
Stephen E. Patterson is professor emeritus in history at the University of New Brunswick. After receiving his B.A. degree from UNB, he attained the M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, specializing in the history of the American Revolution. His book, Political Parties in Revolutionary Massachusetts, laid the groundwork for his continuing research into the roots of Loyalist and Federalist politics and thought, and an examination of the American Court tradition. His research and publication has also focused on the European encounter with aboriginal Americans and the British treaty relationship with the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet in Atlantic Canada. His interest in Loyalists and aboriginal people has come together in work on early Nova Scotia and New Brunswick land use policies. As an 18th-century specialist, he examines aspects of British, American, and Canadian history.