Associate professor and primary investigator of the web archives for historical research group

Milligan headshotIan Milligan's 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. In 2016, he was awarded the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Outstanding Early Career Awardand 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. Between 2013 and 2020, Milligan has received over a million dollars as principal investigator in federal, provincial, and foundation funding.

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  • 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 710 Canadian History Major Field

Key Areas of Graduate Supervision

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