I have worked at Laurier since 2009. I received my PhD in history from York University. I also studied history at the University of Waterloo (MA) and McGill University (BA). Prior to teaching at Laurier, I taught at York University, Trent University, and Brock University. From 2014-2017 I served on the council of the Canadian Historical Association.
My research focuses on Canadian women’s political activism and child welfare work in the 20th century, particularly regarding their mobilization for women’s rights and children’s safety during the World Wars and Cold War. I am also interested in children’s experiences as orphans and adoptees in Canada, and how children perceived and responded to the threat of nuclear war.
My current research project, Experiments in Peace: Grindstone Island, 1939-1989, examines the history of peace and social justice programs for youth and adults facilitated by the Quakers and the Grindstone Co-op. I recently finished a book on the history of women’s suffrage in Ontario for UBC Press.
I am a member of the Tri-University Graduate Program in History. I am willing to supervise history graduate students in the areas relating to Canadian social and political history, Cold War Canada, Canadian women’s history (particularly in areas of women, war and peace and women’s political activism) and the history of childhood.
As a member of the Social Justice and Community Engagement MA program, I am willing to supervise projects related to gender, war, peace, and child welfare.
HI124 History Detectives
HI292 History of Canada to Confederation
HI293 History of Canada since Confederation
HI396 Home Fronts and Frontlines: Women, War and Peace
HI397 Canadian Women’s and Gender History
HI430 Honours History Reading Seminar in 20th Century Canada
HI480 Honours History Research Seminar in 20th Century Canada
YC200 Childhood and Youth through the Ages
YC310 Adoption: Past and Present
YC326 Children, Toys and Media
YC430 Youth Cultures
YC490 Mothering, Motherhood, and Mothers
CT356 War in the Contemporary World
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