Greg Gillespie

Associate Professor

Greg Gillespie

Office: SBH 308
905-688-5550 x3160

PhD, University of Western Ontario
MEd, Brock University
BEd, Canisius College (USA)
BA, Wilfrid Laurier University

Greg Gillespie (PhD University of Western Ontario) teaches and researches popular culture with a focus on non-mass mediated subjects (including role-playing games, sport culture, and Scottishness). His recent publication The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia won the Three Castles Industry Award (peer-reviewed, originality in game design) in 2018. Gillespie is the first Canadian to win the award. His previous publication, Barrowmaze II, finished second for the award in 2013.

  • Non Mass-Mediated Popular Culture
  • Scottishness in Popular Culture
  • Role-Playing Games (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Sport Culture
  • 2019 Greg Gillespie, HighFell: The Drifting Dungeon. 245 pgs.
  • 2018 Greg Gillespie, The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia, Fifth Edition. 312 pgs.
  • 2017 Greg Gillespie, The Forbidden Caverns of Archaia. 293 pgs.
  • 2016 Greg Gillespie, Barrowmaze Compete, Fifth Edition. 252 pgs.
  • 2014 Greg Gillespie, Barrowmaze Complete. 259 pgs.
  • 2013 Greg Gillespie, “Remember the Good Old Days?: Nostalgia, Retroscapes, and the Dungeon Crawl Classics,” Loading: The Canadian Journal of Game Studies 6 (10), np. Available at
  • 2013 Greg Gillespie and Darren Crouse, “There and Back Again: Nostalgia, Art, and Ideology in Old-School Dungeons and Dragons,” Games and Culture 7 (6), 441-470.
  • 2012 Greg Gillespie, Barrowmaze II. 152 pgs.
  • 2011 Greg Gillespie, Barrowmaze I. 82 pgs.
  • 2010 Greg Gillespie, “Weaving Local Identity: The Niagara Region Tartan and the Invention of Tradition,” in Joan Nicks and Barry Grant eds., Covering Niagara: Studies in Local Popular Culture (Waterloo: WLU Press, 2010).
  • 2007 Greg Gillespie, Hunting for Empire: Narratives of Sport in Rupert’s Land, 1840-1870 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007). 172 pgs.
  • 2005 Greg Gillespie and Kevin Wamsley, “Clandestine Means: The Aristocratic British Hunting Code and Early Game Legislation in Nineteenth-Century Canada,” Sporting Traditions: The Australian Journal of Sport History 22, 1 (2005): 99-120.
  • 2002 Greg Gillespie, “I Was Well Pleased With Our Sport Among the Buffalo: Big Game Hunting, Travel Writing, and Cultural Imperialism in the British North American West, 1847-1873,” Canadian Historical Review 83, 4 (December 2002): 555-584.
  • Introduction to Popular Culture
  • Popular Entertainment
  • Social and Cultural Aspects of Digital Games
  • Highlandism: Scottishness in Popular Culture