J.L. (Larry) Black, born in Middle Sackville, NB, has degrees from Mount Allison, Boston University and McGill (Ph.D., 1968). He was a professor of history at Laurentian (9 yrs) and Carleton Universities (30 yrs), where was the director of the Institute for Soviet & East European Studies at Carleton for a decade, and founding director of the Centre for Research on Canadian-Russian Relations (CRCR), and is now Professor Emeritus. He was designated Distinguished Research Professor by Carleton in 2006.
Black also has served as a researcher for NATO, a briefer for CSIS recruits, and consultant with the Immigration & Refugee Board; he is the author, co-author or editor of 53 books on Russia, the USSR and Russian-Canadian relations. The two most recent are The Russian Presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, 2008-12 (2015), and The Return of the Cold War. Ukraine, Russia and the West (2016), edited with Michael Johns. Currently he is under contract with a British publishing house for a book on Vladimir Putin.