Laurens van Esch, MA, MA

Laurens van Esch teaches history, philosophy and international studies at St. Stephen’s University, and is particularly interested in the links between the study of the past and the pursuit of justice in the present. He completed MA degrees (in history and in philosophy) at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where he is also currently completing a PhD dissertation (in political philosophy).

Over the last decade, Laurens has participated in various forms of Indigenous solidarity efforts, mainly through and in partnership with Community Peacemaker Teams. This included advocacy work in support of the Grassy Narrows First Nation (2012-2013), a 500 km ‘Honour Walk’ to honour the survivors of Residential Schools (2014), a short stint at Standing Rock (2016) and a 600 km ‘Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights’ to Ottawa (2017).

Assistant Professor of History


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