Alex Souchen

- Assistant Professor

PhD (Western University, 2016)
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87561
Office: LWH 2245
Office Hours: Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 or by appointment

Research Interests

Professor Souchen researches the history of warfare and its impact on society and the environment. More specifically, he studies the World Wars, munitions disposal, and the material culture of modern war. His research also explores postwar consumerism and the history of pollution and waste in the twentieth century. You can follow him on Twitter

Refereed Books in Progress

Tools of Peace: Munitions Disposal, Postwar Reconstruction, and the Canadian State, 1943-1948. (Under Peer Review with UBC Press).

Refereed Articles

“Something Fishy? Underwater Munitions and Unexplained Die Offs in Marine Environments.” International Journal of Maritime History Vol 30, No. 2 (May, 2018): 355-361.

“‘Under Fathoms of Saltwater’: Canada’s Ammunition Dumping Program, 1944-1947.” Canadian Military History, Vol. 26, Issue 2, (Fall 2017): 1-34.

“The Culture of Morale: Battalion Newspapers in the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, June-August 1944.” The Journal of Military History, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April, 2013): 543-567.

Blogs and Public Outreach

“The Surprising History of War Junk.” Twitter Conference, War Through Other Stuff Society, 28 September 2018. >

“The War Junk Historian.” On War & Society (Episode 1), 4 May 2017.

“Reflections from the Field: A Historian Attends a Science Workshop on Underwater Munitions, 27 June to 1 July 2016.” Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies, 12 September 2016.