David Rossiter

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Dr. Rossiter's academic interests are in cultural, historical, and political geography, with a focus on British Columbia and Canada. In addition to teaching and writing in these areas, he serves as Associate Editor for Book and Film Reviews for BC Studies​. He is also affiliated with WWU's Center for Canadian-American Studies.


PhD and MA Geography, York University; BA Hons. Geography, University of British Columbia

Research Interests

Dr. Rossiter studies human geographies of settler colonialism in northwestern North America, with particular emphasis on the politics of land and resources in the territory that has come to be known as British Columbia. His projects have investigated the production of settler resource spaces, intersections of environmental politics and Indigenous territorial sovereignty, and the political geographies of Crown claims to Indigenous territories. He is currently studying historical geographies of outdoor recreation in the mountainous North Shore region of Vancouver, BC.


Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, Unstable Properties: Aboriginal Title and the Claim of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming 2022.

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, "The Geography of the Crown: Reflections on Mikisew Cree and Williams Lake,Supreme Court Law Review 94, 2020, pp.187-205.

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, "The Politics of Refusal: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 61(2), 2017, pp.165-177.

David A. Rossiter and Patricia Burke Wood, "Neoliberalism as Shape-shifter: the Case of Aboriginal Title and the Northern Gateway Pipeline," Society and Natural Resources 29(8), 2016, pp.900-915.

David A. Rossiter, "The ‘Nature’ of Canadian Studies in the United States," American Review of Canadian Studies 45(3), 2015, pp.259-65.

David A. Rossiter, "The Nature of a Blockade: Environmental Politics and the Haida Action on Lyell Island, British Columbia" in Y.D. Belanger and P.W. Lakenbauer (eds.) Blockades or Breakthroughs? Aboriginal Peoples Confront the Canadian State. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014, pp.70-89.

David A. Rossiter, “Crossing the Line: Reflections on a Transnational Lifeworld” in Rémy Tremblay and Susan Hardwick (eds.), Transnational Borders, Transnational Lives: Academic Mobility at the Borderland. Quebec City: Presses de la Université du Québec, 2014, pp.41-52.

David A. Rossiter, “British Columbia: Geographies of a Province on the Edge” in Rémy Tremblay and Hughues Chicione (eds.), The Geographies of Canada. Brussles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2013, pp.453-478.

Patricia Burke Wood and David A. Rossiter, “Unstable Properties: British Columbia, Aboriginal Title and the ‘New Relationship,’” The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 55(4), 2011, pp.407-425.

David A. Rossiter, “Leave the Lemons at Home: Towards a Political Ecology of Border Space,” Geopolitics 16(1), 2011, pp.107-120.

David A. Rossiter, “Resource Geography” in B. Warf (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2010, volume 5, pp.2446-2451.

David A. Rossiter, “Negotiating Nature: Colonial Geographies and Environmental Politics in the Pacific Northwest,” Ethics, Place and Environment 11(2), 2008, pp.113-128.

David A. Rossiter, “Producing Provincial Space: Crown Forests, the State, and Territorial Control in British Columbia,” Space and Polity 12(2), 2008, pp.215-230.

David A. Rossiter, “Lessons in Possession: Colonial Resource Geographies in Practice on Vancouver Island, 1859-65,” Journal of Historical Geography 33(4), 2007, pp.770-790.

David A. Rossiter, “Land Claims” in W.A. Darity (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, volume 4, pp.340-341.

David A. Rossiter, “Topography” in W.A. Darity (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, volume 8, pp.389-390.

David Rossiter and Patricia K. Wood, “Fantastic Topographies: Neo-Liberal Responses to Aboriginal Land Claims in British Columbia,” The Canadian Geographer / le Géographe canadien 49(4), 2005, pp.352-366.

David Rossiter, “The Nature of Protest: Constructing the Spaces of British Columbia’s Rainforests,” Cultural Geographies 11(2), 2004, pp.139-164.