Karly Hurlock – Canadian humanitarian aid to India, 2017, co-supervision with Norman Hillmer.

Heather Moore, 2013 –  History of prison parole in Canada.

Chris Ryan, 2015 – Low Rental Housing in Ottawa in the Post-War Years, The Case of Overbrook, with Bruce Elliott as thesis committee member.  To see Chris’s blog on Ottawa’s history click HERE.

Brianna Spiess, 2017 – Families of Second World War Fatalities, co-supervision with John Walsh.

MA Thesis Committee

Hollis Peirce, 2017 – Institutional Histories of Disability: the Case of Carleton University.  Thesis committee, main supervisor: Shawn Graham.


Sandy Barron, 2016 – Education of deaf children in Canada. Sandy won the Vanier SSHRC fellowship in 2017.  See Carleton Graduate news HERE.  To read his article in Manitoba History, 2015, “‘An Excuse for Being So Bold:’ D. W. McDermid and the Early Development of the Manitoba School for the Deaf, 1888-1900” click HEREAnd “The World is Wide Enough for Us Both”: The Manitoba School for the Deaf at the Onset of the Oralist Age, 1889-1920”, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 6, 1(2017), click HERE.

Suki Lee, 2014 – Women, mental health, artistic expression and confinement in late 19th century Montreal.

Will Tait, 2011 -
 “Canadian Christian Missionary Influences on Secular Non-Governmental Agencies, 1945-1990”.  Will organized a panel on humanitarian aid at the Canadian Historical Association Meeting in 2012.  He uses a transnational approach, featured on the University website in 2012.   See the 2013 article from his MA at St Mary’s on  the Canadian United Church in interwar Colonial Korea here. For Will’s joint blog with C. Chrisholm, on MSF James Orbinsky, click HERE.

PhD Thesis Committee

Christine Chisholm, Trans-generational impact of Thalidomide on families in Canada, under the supervision of Susanne  Klausen.  For her blog on this topic, published in Active History, click HERE. Her article on “The Curious Case of Thalidomide and the Absent Eugenic Clause in Canada’s Amended Abortion Law of 1969” was published in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History in September 2016.  HERE.

Katharine Viscardis,  2016 – Institutionalization of children in the Huronia Regional Centre, Trent University, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, under the supervision of Janet Miron.

Honours research essays

Emilie Hill-Smith, 2017, in progress, Child Studies: Hospice and end of life care for children


Publications by Former Students


Martha Attridge-Bufton, , 2014,  “Solidarity by Association: The Unionization of Faculty, Librarians and Support Staff of Carleton University (1973-1976).” See Martha’s 3 minutes thesis which won 1st place at Carleton, March 2013.
Winner of the Eugene Forsey Award for the 2014 Eugene A. Forsey Prize for graduate work on Canadian labour and working-class history.  Martha published her results on the unionization of librarians in  “A “Honey” of a Union Deal: Gender and Status in the Labour Action of Carleton University Librarians, 1973 – 1975”, in Mary Kandiuk, Jennifer Dekker, and ProQuest (Firm),  In solidarity: Academic librarian labour activism and union participation in Canada,  Sacramento, CA: 2014, Library Juice Press, pp. 63-79.

David Banoub, 2007, 
”Liberalism, Quebec’s political culture, and George-Étienne Cartier, 1864-1871

Andrew Densted (co-supervision with Norman Hillmer), 2008, 
”Canadian schools history textbooks and definitions of Canadian identity during the Cold War“, research essay.

Sarah Doersken, (co-supervision with Roy Hanes), 2014  “The Concept of Schizophrenia in Ottawa: Perspectives of Psychiatry, the Public, and Patients 1883-2013

Michael M. Dufresne (co-supervision with Norman Hillmer), 1996,  
”‘Let’s Not Be Cremated Equal’: The Combined Universities Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, 1959-1967,” research essay.  Published in M. Athena Palaeologu, ed., The Sixties in Canada: A Turbulent and Creative Decade, Montreal, Black Rose, 2009, pp. 9-64.

Michael Di Francesco, 2010,
 “We walked around with holes in our sole and souls” : men and masculinity during the great depression in Canada”.

Jessica Haynes, 2007, 
“The Legacy of Scientific Motherhood: Doctors and Child-Rearing Advice in the 1960s and 1970s in English Canada”   See also Jessica’s article in Histoire Sociale/Social History of 2013.

Connie Landry, 1994, 
”Mothers Allowances in Nova Scotia”, research essay.

Robin Long (in collaboration with André Loiselle, Film Studies), 2012 
”A Study on the Historical Memory of the Province of Québec as Presented in the Film: 15 février 1839″, research essay.

Katie Morrell (co-supervision with Norman Hillmer), 2007, 
“Passive, not active: the response of Prince Edward Island to the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989-1991”

Daryle Pearl-Mcdowell, 2010,
 “Ottawa’s Magdalen Asylum: A Place for Penitent Prostitutes, 1866-1892”, research essay.

Nicole Sedgwick, 2010
 “More Than Ever Now Our Minds Require Defences”: The Educational System in Ontario during the Second World War”, research essay.


Emily Arrowsmith, 2006
 “Fair Enough? How Notions of Race, Gender, and Soldiers’ Rights Affected
Dependents’ Allowances Policies Towards Canadian Aboriginal Families During
World War II”

 Jessica Haynes, 2012 
”The Great Emancipator? The Impact of the Birth-Control Pill on Married Women in English Canada, 1960-1980” Here is an article on Jessica’s work in international development after her PhD.

David Hood, 2008 
“The homeless and reformers: negotiating progress in the upper streets of Halifax, 1890-1914”David’s book is Down but not Out.

Louis-Raphaël Pelletier, 2005
 “Revolutionising Landscapes: Hydroelectricity and the Heavy
 Industrialisation of Society and Environment in the Comté de Beauharnois,

Jessica Squires, Sept. 2009
 “A refuge from militarism? : the Canadian movement to support Vietnam era American war resisters, and government responses, 1965-1973”  Jessica’s book is Building Sanctuary (2013). Listen to Jessica speak about her book, October 2013, Historical Society of Ottawa and Active History Read Jessica’s blog of July 2014, in active History HERE   In February 2107 Jessica became Program Officer at the International Council of Archives in Paris, on leave from her employment at Library and Archives Canada.

David Tough, 2013 , 
”The Rhetoric of Dominion Income Taxation and the Modern Political Imaginary in Canada, 1910-1945.”  See David’s two articles on the history of taxation:The rich . . . should give to such anextent that it will hurt’: ‘Conscription of Wealth’ and Political Modernism in the Parliamentary Debate on the 1917 Income War Tax, Canadian Historical Review, 93, 3 (Sept. 2012) and “Broadening the Political Constituency of Tax Reform: The Visual Rhetoric of Canadian Taxation, 1979–81,”  Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études canadiennes, 46,  1 (Winter 2012)  Read the account of David’s talk on the years of parliament at the Museum of Nature in February 2016, in The Globe and Mail. David’s book will be published in the spring of 2018.

PhD thesis committees

Andrea Carrion (Geography)
 2011 – 2016, “The spatial restructuring of resource regulation. The gold mining enclave of Zaruma and Portovelo, Ecuador, 1860-1980“.  Andrea was the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2017 Winner .

For an exhibition on the old pictures she found, click HERE.

"Installation del aqua potable - Calle San Francisco, "

“Installation del aqua potable – Calle San Francisco, “

Marie-Luise Ermish (McGill, History), 2011 – 2014 
Children Within British International Development Initiatives, 1959-1979.  See her blog on Oxfam’s Operation Oasis in North Africa.  See her account of the VAHS conference on the history of humanitarian aid published in History Workshop Journal in the Spring of 2014, and her blog about cooking from an old Oxfam recipe book , posted in November 2014.

Edward (Ted) McCoy (Trent, Canadian Studies), 
2012, “The Rise of the Modern Canadian Penitentiary, 1835-1900”.  Ted’s book Hard Time, is available as a free PDF.

James Onusko, (Trent, Canadian Studies), 2014.  “Growing Up in Postwar Suburbia: Childhood, Children and Adolescents in Canada, 1950-1970”Read James blog HERE.

MA thesis committee

David Meinen, (Legal Studies) 2016.  “Pacification through humanitarian aid: Examining Canada’s security-development role in Haiti“.  See David’s 2014 undergraduate essay on the topic, “Rethinking Humanitarian Aid in Haiti as Pacification“, written in my third year course; and the 2017 blog on the site of the Canadian Network on Humanitarian History on “The Future (for) Climate Refugees: NGOs, Security, and the Politics of Containment“, the topic of his doctoral work at the University of Waterloo.

Poster with images and maps descripbed in the captions

Honours research essays

Jacob Forrest, 2014  “How Many Houses They Can Afford”: The Politics of the CMHC’s Economic Research, 1934-1953″.  Jacob pursued this theme in a MA in Political Economy “A Machine for Governing: Technical Standardization,Mass Housing Provision,and the State in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada” (2016).

Jessica Hume-Antonopoulos, 2009, Violence, security and women in refugee camps in West Africa, Public Administration.

Arianna Labocetta, 2013,  (co-supervision with Landon Pearson), Children’s Rights in Latin America, Human Rights.

Anne Martin, 2001, The Orphans of Grosse Isle, Child Studies.