Faculty & Staff


Zac Robinson, PhD

Assistant Professor

Physical Education and Recreation

About Me

PhD (Physical Education and Recreation), University of Alberta, 2007
MA (Anthropology), Carleton University, 2001
BA (Anthropology), Carleton University, 1999


• SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, History and Classics, University of Alberta, 2008-10

• Eleanor Luxton Historical Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, History and Classics, University of Alberta, 2010-11

• Joined the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor in 2011

• Presently serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice President for Mountain Culture of The Alpine Club of Canada, and is a lead member of the Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative


Dr. Robinson’s 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. His essays have appeared in numerous collections and journals, including Sport History Review, International Journal for the History of Sport, the Canadian Alpine Journal, and Alpinist. He is the editor of Conrad Kain: Letters from a Wandering Mountain Guide, 1906-1933 (UofA Press, 2014), and is presently working with Dr. Stephen Slemon (English and Film Studies, UAlberta) on a book project concerning early climbing history in the Rockies funded through the SSHRC Insight Program.


Mountains 101 - uab.ca/mountains

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

INT D 282 Mountain Backcountry Field Skills

RLS 263 Principles of Tourism