Yale has maintained close ties with Canada for nearly three centuries. Having established a tradition of scholarly and academic excellence in a range of Canadian topics early on, the University played a significant role in the development of Canadian Studies in the U.S.

Yale first accepted Canadian students in the early 18th century and has now graduated the second highest number of Canadians among American universities.

Visiting Bicentennial Professorship of Canadian Studies

The Visiting Bicentennial Professorship of Canadian Studies has been held by over seventeen distinguished scholars since 1997 in fields ranging across History, English, Comparative Literature, History, Political Science, Economics, Architecture, Law, Anthropology, Film Studies, African-American Studies and Latin American Studies. These visiting professorships were made possible by a gift in 1976 from the Canadian government to Yale of the Bicentennial Professorship of Canadian Studies.  Matched by Yale funds, this endowed, visiting professorship brings a distinguished visitor from a Canadian university to Yale for one semester or one academic year. The Bicentennial chair moves between departments and professional schools on a competitive basis. Each visiting professor teaches at least one course per term and engages students and faculty.  Many also organized lectures and workshops that bring Canadian and other public intellectuals, policy makers and academics to Yale to further engage their specialty areas.

The Canadian Collection in the Yale Library is one of the two best in the U.S. Through the William Inglis Morse Fund, Yale has been able to buy rare Canadian publications for many years, and the Library’s holdings now include standard publications and local histories; “underground” and ethnic publications; French- Canadian literature; collections of Canadian music; and historical sound recordings. The Library is one of a limited number in the U.S. to hold partial depository status for Canadian Government publications. It also possesses the most complete U.S. collection of the provinces’ documents and receives all significant Canadian serials and newspapers.


Jay Gitlin
June 29, 2021
Each year, the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University awards its Book Prize to the work that offers the best exploration of Canadian history and...
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
October 23, 2019
The following article, written by Ella Goldblum, appeared in the October 23, 2019, Yale Daily News: (link is external) At a Tuesday panel, experts of Canadian studies...
November 20, 2017
“A living tree” was how Professors David Cameron, Yale University, and Richard Albert, Boston College and 2015-16 Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Associate Professor of...