The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Rick Halpern


Office Location:  Arts & Admin Building, 1265 Military Trail, Room 424


Rick Halpern is a social historian whose work has focused on race and labour in a number of national and international contexts.  He has written about meat and meatpacking, sugar and plantations, and regionalism.  Currently he is researching the use of photography in documenting foodways.  He is the Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies and, until July 2015, was the Dean at UTSC.  Prior to that he was the Principal of New College on the St George campus.  Professor Halpern works with graduate students in a number of fields.


  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison