Ian Milligan

Associate Professor
Ian Milligan headshotIan Milligan is an associate professor of history at the University of Waterloo. His primary research focus is on how historians can use web archives, as well as the impact of digital sources on historical practice more generally. He is author of two monographs: History in the Age of Abundance (2019) and Rebel Youth (2014). Milligan also co-authored Exploring Big Historical Data (2015, with Shawn Graham and Scott Weingart) and edited the SAGE Handbook of Web History (2018, with Niels Brügger).

Milligan is principal investigator of the Archives Unleashed project, which has received over $1.6 million in funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Early Career Award and in 2019 he received the Arts Excellence in Research award from the University of Waterloo. Milligan held an Ontario Early Researcher Award between 2015 and 2020. Since 2013, his research has been additionally supported by two SSHRC Insight grants, one SSHRC Insight Development Grant, and two SSHRC Connection grants.

Milligan is currently co-editor of Internet Histories and was a co-program chair of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. He has an extensive interdisciplinary service record, sitting on selection committees for multiple granting agencies as well as sitting on the steering committee for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. At Waterloo, Milligan is a member of the Arts Faculty Tenure & Promotion Committee, the University Senate, and for the 2020-21 academic year, is an elected faculty representative on the University of Waterloo Board of Governors.

He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with his partner, son, and daughter.

You can read his full CV here, or his website here.


  • B.A. (Hons) Canadian History, Queen's University, 2006
  • M.A. Canadian History, York University, 2007
  • Ph.D Canadian History, York University, 2012

Research and teaching interests

  • Canada
  • Digital
  • Social Movements

Courses taught

  • HIST 109 Ten Days That Shook the World
  • HIST 216 (Long) History of the Internet
  • HIST 250 The Art and Craft of History
  • HIST 303 Digital History
  • ARTS 490 Socio-Cultural Implications of AI
  • HIST 602 Canadian History II
  • HIST 610 Digital History
  • HIST 710 Canadian History Major Field

Key Areas of Graduate Supervision

  • Postwar Canada
  • Digital history
  • Historical methodologies
  • Internet/Web history
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