Faculty & Staff


Zac Robinson, PhD, FRCGS

Associate Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me

2007 Ph.D. University of Alberta, Edmonton (Physical Education & Recreation)
2001 M.A. Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)
1999 B.A. (Hons) Carleton University, Ottawa (Anthropology)

2017 - present  Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation, University of Alberta
2011 - 2017  Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation, University of Alberta
2010 - 2011  Postdoctoral Fellowship (Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation), History & Classics, University of Alberta
2008 - 2010  Postdoctoral Fellow (SSHRC), History & Classics, University of Alberta

Service Roles
Vice President, Mountain Culture, The Alpine Club of Canada (since 2014)
Co-Editor, The State of the Mountains Report (since 2017)
Co-Chair, Thinking Mountains Interdisciplinary Summit (2012, 2015, 2018) 

Awards & Recognition
2018   Fellow, Royal Canadian Geographical Society
2018   Teaching Unit Award, Provost's Teaching Awards for Excellence, University of Alberta
2018   Early Career Undergraduate Teaching Award, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation, University of Alberta 


My research interests pertain generally to the cultural and social histories of the Rocky and Columbia Mountains of Canada with a specific interest in mountaineering, travel writing, postcolonialism and tourism. My essays have appeared in numerous collections and journals, including Sport History Review, International Journal for the History of Sport, the Canadian Alpine Journal, Canadian Rockies Annual, and Alpinist. I'm the editor of Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 (University of Alberta Press, 2014), and I am presently collaborating with Dr. Stephen Slemon (English and Film Studies, UAlberta) on a monograph concerning early climbing history in the Rockies funded through the SSHRC Insight Program.


Recent Teaching Assignments

"Mountains 101" (uab.ca/mountains), a twelve-lesson Massive Open Online Course, which launched January 2017. A new cohort begins each month. 

INT D 280 The Mountain World: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies - since 2014

INT D 282 Mountain Backcountry Field Skills - since 2014

KSRLS 563 Indigeneity and Settler Colonialism - since 2017