Dr. Blake Brown recognized by the Royal Society of Canada

Saint Mary’s University professor Blake Brown has been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada for his outstanding scholarship and has been named a member of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

“I am very proud to have the Royal Society of Canada recognize the world-class research of one of our scholars,” said Malcolm Butler, vice-president, academic and research at Saint Mary’s University. “Dr. Brown is unafraid to ask tough questions or to undertake the extensive research required to answer them. He understands the importance that the past plays in the present, and his research helps Canadians understand some of the most important topics facing us today.”

The Royal Society of Canada established the College of New Scholars, Scientists and Artist in 2014. The college recognizes individuals who have begun demonstrating leading scholarly research or artistic excellence within 15 years of having completed their post-doctoral program or its equivalent. The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian scholarly leadership.

Blake Brown – Department of History


Blake Brown is one of Canada’s leading legal historians whose research tackles vital questions in the history of law and public policy. Author or co-author of three books, including A Trying Question: The Jury in Nineteenth Century Canada and the award-winning Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control in Canada, he is a publicly engaged commentator on policy issues, promoting a nuanced understanding of the interaction between law and society.

“I am honoured to be joining this exceptional group of new scholars,” said Brown. “Now more than ever, our history offers us a glimpse into our present and potentially our future. From firearms and their connection to masculinity to our legal system and its evolution, history provides the context through which we can better understand the challenges of today. I look forward to the new opportunities for collaboration and research partnerships that will be made possible through membership in this diverse, talented, and multidisciplinary group.”