Dr Chris Madsen

Department of Defence Studies

Tel: 416-482-6800 ext 6987
Fax: 416-482-6802
Address:  Canadian Forces College
215 Yonge Blvd
Toronto ON M5M 3H9

Areas of Interest

  • Maritime Strategy and History
  • Military Law and International Law of Armed Conflict
  • Procurement and Industrial Mobilization
  • Operational Planning and Logistics
  • Indian Ocean and South Asia

Educational and Professional Background
Dr Chris Madsen holds a BA Hons. in History from Simon Fraser University, an MA in History from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in History from the University of Victoria. Dr Madsen was a Department of National Defence R.B. Byers Post-Doctoral in the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Calgary from 1996-1999. Dr Madsen joined the academic staff at Canadian Forces College (CFC) as Assistant Director of Warfare Studies in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Professor in 2008. Dr Madsen has performed varied duties at CFC, including Co-Chair for Maritime Studies, member of the Directing Staff on the Command and Staff Course, Deputy Director Graduate Studies and Deputy Chair of the Department of Military Planning and Operations. Dr Madsen lectures and conducts seminars and case studies in operational art, campaign planning, maritime warfare, and military law. Dr Madsen also conducts tours of selected battlefields related to course curriculum.

Dr Madsen has published books and academic articles in the fields of naval, military, legal, business, and labour history. Dr Madsen is a member of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, the Canadian Historical Association, the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History and the Naval Officers’ Association of Canada.

Current Research and Projects
Dr. Madsen is currently conducting research in the areas of naval procurement and shipbuilding, wartime industrial relations, operational logistics in the Royal Navy, high command in British India and South East Asia as well as Canadian participation in the South African War. He received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant to write a book on wartime shipbuilding along the Pacific Coast of North America from 1937-1946. Dr. Madsen also does case reporting for courts martial, Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada decisions related to the military, in the loose-leaf service Military Law and Operations available from the legal publisher, Canada Law Book. This publication is updated twice per year with new releases and supplements.

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