Professor Krats studies the "resource frontier" of provinces, especially Ontario; immigration, notably Finnish, is another interest. He is working on a comparison of "northern resource development" in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula and the Sudbury region of Northeastern Ontario.
Much of my energy is focussed on teaching students with little or no background in History in courses such as History 2120 A/B or History 2128 A/B. I combine conventional lecturing with PowerPoint slides, sound and materials found on OWL websites. Because interpretation is fundamental to History – I want students to think, not just gather “data” – such courses always include Group discussion. My senior seminars, when offered, reflect research interests on “being Northern” – they consider (from many disciplinary perspectives and in various media) both the historical and the imagined Canadian and circumpolar norths.
“’A commodity so closely aligned to Armageddon’: The Nickel Belt Heeds the Call,” Papers of the North and the First World War Conference 2016, ed. Ken Coates, forthcoming (2017?)
“Boundaries Exercise Power: Comparing Culture in the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts,” Papers from the Culture and the Canada-US Border Conference, ed. David Stirrup, Comparative American Studies (2015)
“Mainari, Farmari, Lumperjäkki, Piika, Träppari : Ethnic Identity and Earning a Living in the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts to 1930, Proceedings of Retrospection & Respect: 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014, Digital Commons @ Michigan Tech. http://digitalcommons.mtu.edu/copperstrikesymposium
“Atikameksheng Anishnawbek/Whitefish Lake: Three Generations under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, 1850-1930,” This is Indian Land... [working title] (ed. Karl Hele), University of Manitoba Press, (2016?)
“”A commodity so closely aligned to Armageddon’: The Nickel Belt Heeds the Call,” The North and the First World War Conference, Whitehorse, May 11, 2016.
“Check their Passports: ‘American’ Popular Culture from North of the 49th,” The 15th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies, University of Helsinki, May 2014.
“'Työmies?': Finnish Canadians in the Economy: A Historiographic Overview,” FinnForum X: Work, Workers, and the Finn Factor in 20th Century Labor Relations: Strikes, Political Economy, and Transnationalism, Michigan Technological University April 2014.
“Mainari, Farmari, Lumperjäkki, Piika, Träppari: Ethnic Identity and Earning a Living in the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts to 1930,” Retrospection & Respect: 1913-1914 Mining/Labor Strike Symposium of 2014, Michigan Technological University, April 2014.
“Identity Migration: “Ethnic” Status on Two Sides of an International Border: Considering the “Nickel Belt” of Northeastern Ontario and the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan,” Great Lakes History Conference, 11 October 2013.
“Boundaries Exercise Power: Comparing Culture in the Keweenaw and Nickel Belts,” Culture and the Canada-US Border Conference, Sault Ste. Marie, 25 May, 2013.