I have worked at Laurier since 2009. I received my PhD in history from York University in 2009. 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. I am a council member 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 am also writing the history of women’s suffrage in Ontario for UBC Press called Women’s Right to Vote: Redefining Democracy in Ontario.
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.
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