Ph.D Candidate, McGill University
Dustin Valen is an architectural historian and educator currently in the
final stages of completing a Ph.D. at McGill University. His research addresses the intersection of architecture, imperialism, and the
environment during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and spans
several geographies, including Newfoundland, Britain, and Canada.
He is particularly interested in how architectural responses to climate
shape socio-natural and socio-political boundaries in colonial settings,
as well as how these boundaries bear on individuals who work and
dwell in buildings and landscapes. Dustin has presented original
research papers across Canada and internationally and has published
essays in the JSAH, Urban History Review, RACAR, and the JSSAC. His research has been recognized through numerous grants and
awards, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is
the recipient of the 2017 Founders’ JSAH Article Award for his recent contribution to the society’s journal.
- Imperial Atmospheres and British Bodies in 19th Century Africa (Journée d’étude 2017)
- Factitious Airs: Climate, Bathing, and Architecture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain (UAAC/AAUC 2019)