Peter H. Denton, Ph.D.

Dr. Peter H. Denton is a cultural systems analyst and Ethics Advisor for PCP projects, with particular interests in social and environmental sustainability; appropriate technology and development; and religion and society. He is also a communications specialist, with extensive experience in writing, editing, curriculum design, and presentations to a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Denton is Associate Professor of History (part-time) at the Royal Military College of Canada, having taught in the Officer Professional Military Education Program since 2003 and in the War Studies graduate program since 2004. He teaches courses on technology and warfare as well as on religion and modern war. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at the University of Manitoba and a member of the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba.

He is also an instructor in Technical Communications and Ethics at Red River College in Winnipeg, where he designed and has taught a cross-College course on "Values, Ethics and Issues in Technology and Society" to more than 1500 students since 2004, in addition to courses on technical writing and communications. Out of this work, he became Team Lead for the Public Sustainability Education Team of the Manitoba Education for Sustainability Working Group, taught a course on theoretical foundations of sustainability and global citizenship education to post-baccalaureate teachers in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba in Summer 2010, and is serving a second term as a Director of the Canadian Colleges Environmental Network.

He has taught applied ethics for more than twenty years (including ethics and sustainability, medical ethics, ethics and technology and environmental ethics), and has redesigned and taught a course on ethics and society by distance education for the Philosophy Department at the University of Manitoba where he has taught since 2003. He also teaches critical thinking to international students for the International College of Manitoba. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, and a Research Affiliate of the Prairie Metropolis Centre at the University of Alberta.

He has lectured at the University of Toronto; McMaster University; the University of Lethbridge; Concord College; and the University of Winnipeg, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in the departments of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies for two terms.

In addition to a range of popular and academic articles, his third book, an edited volume -- Believers in the Battlespace: Religion, Ideology and War (Canadian Defence Academy Press) - is in press, and two invited book chapters (on religion in the Afghan conflict and on local education for sustainability and global citizenship) are in development. He co-edited and contributed to Battleground: Science and Technology (2 vols., Greenwood, 2008) with Sal Restivo, an encyclopaedia of 105 articles on critical issues in science and technology, recommended by the National Science Teachers' Association (USA). His dissertation was published by SUNY Press in 2001 as The ABC of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion and the Next War, 1919-1938. He also edited the January 2005 issue of Essays in Philosophy on the philosophy of technology.

He holds a B.A. (Honours) in English and History (Winnipeg); an M.A. in English (UNB); an M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST, Toronto); an M.Div. (Knox, Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Religion and the Social Sciences (McMaster). Ordained in 1995, he is a member of the Order of Ministry in the United Church of Canada and retained on the roll of Winnipeg Presbytery.