Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo on 1 July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History.
He was previously Dean of Faculty of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President Graduate at York University from 2007 to 2011. In 2009 he was elected president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies.
Prior to coming to Ontario, he spent twenty years at the University of Calgary where he was Professor of History and Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2004, he was Interim Vice-President (Programs) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has sat on a number of boards including the management board of Aid to Scholarly Publications Program of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2005 to 2012 and the Board of Directors of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute from 1996 to 2005. In 1993 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
The author of two books and co-editor of three collections, Doug has published more than twenty articles and chapters on the intellectual, political, medical and cultural dimensions of 19th century India, with a particular interest in the impact that the military had upon the character of colonial rule. He is currently co-editing India and the British Empire, a companion volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire Series. He lives in Waterloo with his wife Sandra and daughters Jennifer and Robyn.