Student Profiles

The graduate program in history currently has 56 students (26 PhD and 30 MA students).
The following profiles represent only those students who voluntarily provided information for the website. Past graduates from our program can be found here.

PhD Students

Ceilidh Auger-DayCeilidh Auger Day

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Dissertation Description: Canadian Healthcare Before Medicare. My research examines the options available to Canadians as they dealt with the impacts of injury and illness in the years before Medicare, focusing on the early 1900s. I trace the rise of insurance as a growing solution, first in the form of private life insurance and mutual societies, then in the forms of worker's compensation and finally Medicare.

Fields of Expertise: History of medicine, history of health and life insurance, Canadian health history, obesity history, American life insurance history, American eugenics

Conference Presentations (Select):

"Before the Birth of Medicare: Government Funding and Insurance Schemes in Saskatchewan," Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Conference, Congress 2017.

"Full Coverage Denied: How Insurance Companies Helped Create the 'Obesity Epidemic'," Concordia History in the Making Conference 2015;

"Super-Sized Fears: Tracing the Roots of a Moral Anxiety," McGill-Queens Graduate Conference 2015 with Dian Day.



Scott Berthelette

PhD Student

Dissertation Title: The French Delusion of Empire: Native Traders and French Explorers in the Petit Nord and Northern Great Plains, 1731-1763.

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

Dissertation Description: My doctoral research examines how the eighteenth century Indigenous peoples of the Petit Nord and Northern Great Plains – Cree, Assiniboine, and Dakota – resisted creating a middle ground with French newcomers, as they had little desire or need of French mediation in their territories. In particular, the French officer Pierre Gaultier de La Vérendrye found himself on a Native ground, where Native politics, not French imperialism, dictated the terms of alliance. My research focuses on the disparities between the rhetoric and the reality of French Empire west of the Great Lakes. Rather than affirming the realities of inter-village relations, the linguistic conventions of the French alliance betrayed French fantasies for a paternalistic empire in the heart of North America

Fields of Expertise: French colonial history, Aboriginal history, New France, Atlantic World


Berthelette, Scott. “Frères et Enfants du même Père” : The French Illusion of Empire West of the Great Lakes, 1731-1743.” Early American Studies (Winter, 2016): Forthcoming.

Berthelette, Scott. “The Making of a Manitoban Hero: Commemorating La Vérendrye in St. Boniface and Winnipeg 1886-1938.” Manitoba History 74 (Winter, 2014): 15-25.

Berthelette, Scott. “La Vérendrye’s ‘Middle Ground’: Village and Imperial Politics in the Northwest, 1731-1743.” Strata 5 (2013): 1-31.

Conference Presentations (Select):

Rupert’s Land Colloquium, University of Alberta. “Frères et Enfants du même Père: French Conceptions of Alliance and Diplomacy in the Petit Nord, 1731-1743.” (2014).

The Fort Garry Lectures, University of Manitoba. “Frères et Enfants du même Père: French Conceptions of Alliance and Diplomacy in the Petit Nord, 1731-1743.” (2014).

The Imperial Project and Projections of Empire Conference, University of Alberta. “Frères et Enfants du même Père: French Conceptions of Alliance and Diplomacy in the Petit Nord, 1731-1743.” (2014).


John BirdJohn Bird

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson

Dissertation Description: My dissertation will explore North American Indigenous engagement with Christianity from 1785-1890. I am planning to focus on the Brothertown Indian community, the interaction of Coast Salish communities with missionary denominations, and the rise and spread of the Ghost Dance movement. This trans-national perspective will allow for a more nuanced understanding of the diversity of interactions that took place in indigenous adoption, resistance to, and transformation of newcomer theology, history, and religious practice. This project will be engaged with communities that continue to practice within these religious streams.

Fields of Expertise: Canadian History, Indigenous History, U.S. History, Religious History, Indigenous Freemasonry, Anishinaabe History, History of Indigenous Literature

Conference Presentations:

"'Jesus Christ, Keshamonedoo’s Son': George Copway’s Indigenized Methodist Christianity," Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference, Vancouver, B.C., June, 2017.


Bird, John. "Stranger in a Strange Land:" Cultural Hybridity and Mimicry in George Copway's Engagement with Christianity, Freemasonry, and Literacy. Master’s Thesis. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 2017.


ChassePatrick Chassé

PhD (defended October 2017)

Supervisor: Dr. Jim Handy 

Dissertation Description: His dissertation explores the environmental and social consequences of the industrialization of agriculture in Guatemala, 1945-1980. His case study is the Pacific Coast of Guatemala. He is using historical GIS techniques, maps and records from the agrarian reform (1952-1954) and census data to reconstruct land use and displacement in this understudied region. He is a member of the Sustainable Farming Systems (SFS) project based at the University of Saskatchewan.


Michelle Desveaux

PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: Engaging Historical Consciousness: The Coexistence, Convergence, and Counterpoint of Canadian and Indigenous Histories (working title)

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson 

Dissertation Descriptions: My research focuses on historical consciousness and the various manifestations of academic, public, and everyday history. Specifically, I investigate the influence of and on historical consciousness in places where Canadian and Indigenous histories meet, meld, and challenge each other. For my dissertation, three case studies will address this point of inquiry: the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site; the National Archives and Victoria Island; and Indigenous stand-up comedy.

Fields of Expertise: Canadian historiography; historical consciousness; comparative Indigenous history; orality and literacy.

Publications (Select):

Corresponding author with Patrick Chassé, Glenn Iceton, Anne Janhunen, and Omeasoo Wāhpāsiw. “Twenty-First Century Indigenous Historiography: Twenty-Two Books That Need to be Read.” Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire 50.3 (Winter 2015): 524-548.

Conference Presentations (Select):

“Intersections of Historical Consciousness at the Fortress of Louisbourg and the National Archives: Writing the Present by Contesting the Past.” International Conference on the Study of Canada, Trent University, May 2015.

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Jessica DeWitt

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Cunfer

Dissertation Description: My dissertation is a comparative study of provincial and state parks, which defines the unique role that these park "middlemen" play in North American society. Focusing on the park systems of Idaho, Alberta, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, my dissertation explores the role that population density and urban centers play in the formation and management of state and provincial parks. By studying two park systems in the East and the West, this study determines whether North American ideas about nature are better described by an East/West bifurcation than the Canadian/US border. This study also challenges the typical environmental decline narrative assigned to national and state parks, in which parks scholars present parks as being the ironic victims of the same recreation and visitation that led to their initial preservation. My dissertation looks at the role that state and provincial parks played in the environmental restoration of the park lands and the regions surrounding the parks. Lastly, my dissertation unveils factors other than preservation and economic gain, such as patriotism and guilt, that led to state and provincial park formation by looking at the reactions and opinions of the common people--both the rural citizens living near the parks and the urban working and middle-classes for whom the parks were created.  

Fields of Expertise: Park History; Recreation; Tourism/Eco-tourism; Urban Nature; North American Environmental History; Canadian and American West; Contemporary US History.


Jessica DeWitt, “Between Stewardship and Exploitation: Private Tourism, State Parks, and Environmentalism,” RCC Perspectives: Environmental Knowledge, Environmental Politics (2016): 41-46.

Jessica DeWitt, “Parks For and By the People: Acknowledging Ordinary People in the Formation, Protection, and Use of State and Provincial Parks,” in Environmental Activism on the Ground: Processes and Possibilities of Small Green and Indigenous Organizing, eds. Liza Piper and Jonathan Clapperton, under contract with University of Calgary Press (expected 2017).

Conference Presentations (Select):

“'Fortunately Our American Neighbours have been Experimenting’: Influences and Objectives During the Formative Years of the Albertan Park System, 1930-1960,” Western Canadian Studies Association 2015, University of Manitoba, November 5-7, 2015.

“Middle Park Syndrome: Securing a Place for Provincial and State Park History in Canadian and US Conservation History,” American Society for Environmental History, Seattle, April 1, 2016.

“Tales of a Park Not Yet Created: The Fish Creek Provincial Park Questionnaire, 1974,” Canadian Historical Association, 2016, University of Calgary, May 30-June 1, 2016.

"'Oh, that doesn't count. You've got to have a park with water': Visualizing the Flexibility of “Natural” in Pennsylvania’s State Parks," Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2016, Shippensburg University, October 6-8, 2016.

Amanda Fehr

Amanda Fehr

PhD (defended November 2017)

Dissertation Title: Nations Transformed?: Continuity and Change in Aboriginal Histories of Catholicism in Northwestern Saskatchewan

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson 

Dissertation Description: My research and teaching can be characterized by a commitment to community engagement. I employ ethnohistorical methodologies to consider how various communities historicize past events, how different understandings of the past compare to one another and change over time, and what these understandings suggest for how people identify themselves. I have been working with the Metis community of Ile-a-la-Crosse in Northwestern Saskatchewan since 2006 and have been working with the near by English River First Nation Since 2012.  My dissertation, Nations Transformed?: Continuity and Change in Aboriginal Histories of Catholicism in Northwestern Saskatchewan explores the intersections of religious and political expression during the twentieth century in Ile-a-la-Crosse and English River. I posit that by creating a space to first historicize and then more broadly consider Aboriginal Christianity within Indigenous community life we can see what has been largely regarded as a colonial imposition in a new light that illuminates key features of the indigenous response to colonial induced change. Other research interests include reflecting on the practice of oral history and community engaged work, Aboriginal music and dance, place based studies, Metis history, northwest coast history, and Indigeneity. This year I am excited to teach a new community-based history course, history 498.3 “Filming History:  Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and the Social History of Recent Prairie Immigration.”

Fields of Expertise: I completed my major comprehensive reading field in Comparative Aboriginal History, and minor fields in Post-Confederation Canadian History and American History 1865- Present.

Publications (Select): 

“Relationships: A Study of Memory, Change, and Identity at a Place Called I:yem,” University of the Fraser Valley Research Review, Online Journal (April 2009).

With MacKinley Darlington, “Encountering Mary: Apparitions, Roadside Shrines, and the Métis of the Westside,” Saskatchewan History. 61(2), Fall 2009.


“A Subversive Sincerity:  Christian Gatherings and Political Opportunities in S’olh Téméxw,” in Mixed Blessings, Edited by Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton, UBC Press. (Forthcoming)

Conference Presentations (Select): 

“Region, Culture, and Community: Situating the Cree, the Métis, and the Dene in Northwestern Saskatchewan.” Conference of the Western History Association, Tucson Arizona, October 2013.

“Taking Students to the River: Negotiating Community and Academic ways of Teaching and Learning.”American Society for Ethnohistory, New Orleans Louisiana, 11-14 September 2013.

Conflicted Conflict: Christianity and the Métis in Northwestern Saskatchewan, Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, 28-30 May 2012.


Glenn Iceton

Glenn Iceton


Dissertation Title: Defining Space: How History has Shaped and Informed Notions of Kaska Land Use and Occupancy 

Supervisor: Dr. Bill Waiser

Dissertation Description: My dissertation examines land claims in the Yukon and northern British Columbia from an environmental historical perspective.  Focusing on the Kaska Nation, who have not settled land claims, I consider the ways in which conceptions of the Kaska’s historical land use and occupancy as well as the significance of place is shaped through the current legal framework of Aboriginal rights and title and contemporary environmental politics. My dissertation will also take into account the historical circumstances in which the evidence of land use has been produced and the implications of this production of knowledge for current conceptions of land use and occupancy. 

Fields of Expertise: Environmental History; Aboriginal History; Northern Canadian History; Fur Trade History; Aboriginal Rights and Title.


Iceton, Glenn. "Law of the Yukon: A History of the Mounted Police in the Yukon (book review)." The Northern Review (forthcoming). 

Iceton, Glenn. "The Last Patrol: Following the Trail of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police's Legendary Lost Patrol (book review)." The Northern Review (forthcoming).

Iceton, Glenn. “Missionaries.” In Herschel Island Qikiqtaryuk: A Natural and Cultural History of Yukon’s Arctic Island. Ed. Christopher R. Burn. Whitehorse: Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope), 2012.

Iceton, Glenn. “The Kandik Map (book review).” Northern Review 34 (Fall 2011): 100-102.

Conference Presentations (Select)

“Land Use, Dispossession, and Repossession: Ethnography, State Knowledge, and Aboriginal Title Along the Yukon-British Columbia Border,” Under Western Skies 3, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, September 2014.

“Buying Local: Changes in Athapaskan Material Culture and the Commodification of Wildlife in the Northern Yukon, 1860-1910,” Place and Replace: A Joint Meeting of Western Canadian Studies and St. John’s College Prairies Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sept. 2010.

“On the Other Side of the ‘Long Chalk’: Intersecting Fur Trading Dynasties in Russian America,” Fur Trade and Metis History: Patterns of Ethnogenisis mini-conference at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Historical Association, Carlton University, Ottawa, Ontario. May 2009.


David Kim-CraggDavid Kim-Cragg

PhD student

Supervisors: Drs. Keith Carlson and Mirela David

Dissertation Description: David is researching the Korean-Canadian church partnership during the South Korean democratization movement of the 1970s.

Fields of Expertise: Aboriginal History, East Asian Modern History, Canadian Church Mission History, Canadian History, Korean Modern History


Laura Larson

Laura Larsen


Dissertation Title:  “‘Why should I sell your wheat?’  Trudeau government agricultural transportation policy”

Supervisor: Dr. Bill Waiser

Dissertation Description: The 1968 election of the Pierre Trudeau-led Liberal government began a process that altered the fundamental structure of prairie agriculture. My dissertation examines the 1977 Hall and Snavely Commissions on grain handling and transportation. These commissions, their recommendations and consequences are placed in the wider context of the Crowsnest Pass Freight Rate Agreement debates. Part of my examination uses historical GIS to integrate data from the thousands of elevator delivery points that once marked prairie communities with other statistical sources. I seek to give a more nuanced understanding of policies that have influenced western Canadian agriculture from a community to a national level.

Fields of Expertise:  Western Canadian History; Prairie Agricultural History; Environmental History; Transportation


“Old Conflicts in a New Century: The problems of prairie grain transportation,” in, April 15, 2014

Conference Presentations (Select):

“How to end the Holy Crow: An Examination of Grain  Freight Rate Policy up to the end of the Hall and Snavely Commissions,” The West Before (and After) the West: Western Canadian Studies, University of Manitoba, 5 November 2015

“As the Crow Flew: Examining Trudeau-Era Rail Rationalization Policy Through HGIS,” Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting 2015,  University of Ottawa, 2 June 2015

“Country Elevators and Branch Lines: Grain Transportation Policy in the Trudeau-Era,” 40th Annual British Association for Canadian Studies, British Library Conference Centre, St Pancras, London, 25 April 2015

Tarisa LittleTarisa Little

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Kathryn Labelle

Dissertation Description: For my project I will focus on Indigenous Education; Treaty 7; Residential, Day Boarding, and Public Schools; the Wendat Confederacy; and the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation (Detroit/Windsor).

Fields of Expertise: Indigenous History, Colonial History, Native-Newcomer Relations, Treaty History, Education History, Canadian History, Alberta History

Publications (Select):
“Dr. Élénore Sioui (Huron-Wendat): Writing the Wrongs.” in Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires Since 1820. Edited by Kathryn Sklar and Thomas Dublin. Alexander Street: TBD, 2017.

"Setting a Precedent: The Power of Public Protest at Blue Quills Residential School, 1970." in Bucking Conservatism. Athabasca, AB: Athabasca University Press, TBD.

Conference Presentations (Select):
“’Here we are:” Comics Combating Colonialism.” Western Historical Association, San Diego, CA, November 2017.

“’There are no shortcuts’: The Long Road to Treaty 7 Education.” American Society for Ethnohistory. Nashville, TN, November 2016

Jason LockeJason Locke


Thesis Title: Tentatively Called "The Occupied City: Collaboration, Resistance, and Accommodation in Eighteenth-Century North America"

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

Thesis Description: In the course of warfare in the eighteenth century, the British took and held, sometimes for years, many cities and forts. By focusing upon two French towns (Detroit and Quebec), two American towns (Philadelphia and New York) and two Spanish towns (St. Augustine and Havana) I am examining patterns of resistance, accommodation, and collaboration in those places by locals to the arrival of the British.

Fields of Expertise: Latin American History (Modern and Colonial), Colonial North America, Indigenous History, British Imperial History, US History, Cultural History

Conference Presentations (Select):

"City as Symbol in Nahua and Spanish Thought" (2008) "John Bull in Buenos Aires." (2009)

MarshChris Marsh


Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Cunfer

Dissertation Description: My thesis examines a decade of intertribal warfare in the borderlands of northern Montana and southern Alberta in the 1880s involving the Kainai (Blood Tribe) of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the A’aninin (Gros Ventre) and Nakoda (Assiniboine) of Fort Belknap. It explored the influence of environmental alteration in the continuity of equestrian and warrior culture as well as the interaction between the Canadian federal state-in the form of the North West Mounted Police and the local level of the Department of Indian Affairs (DIA)- and First Nations peoples in the early reserve era (1876-1900).

Fields of Expertise:  U.S.- Canada border, Great Plains, Western History 

OsmondColin Murray Osmond


Supervisor: Dr. Keith Thor Carlson

Dissertation Title: “Shared Spaces, Tangled Treaties: A History of Coast Salish-Settler Relations in British Columbia”

Dissertation DescriptionShared Spaces, Tangled Treaties examines the changing social and racial conceptions of identity that developed between Coast Salish people and settler societies in the twentieth century. By analyzing the many ways that the arrival of Europeans, the formation of a settler society, and the introduction of a wage labour economy changed indigenous notions of class and identity, I construct a framework that re-situates our understanding of the relationships that developed between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in British Columbia. This dissertation contributes to a growing body of scholarship that recognizes that meaningful reconciliation between indigenous and settler society can be best realized by developing respect. The best, if not the only, way to create these cross-cultural understandings is by examining the historical contexts that led to their creation.

Osmond, Colin. Giant Trees, Iron Men: Masculinity and Colonialism in Coast Salish Loggers’ Identity. Master’s Thesis. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan, 2016.

Carlson, Keith; Osmond, Colin; Hutton, Norman. The Lodge We Built: 100 Years of Freemasonry in Powell River. Powell River: Triune Lodge, 2016.

Osmond, Colin. “I Was Born a Logger: Stó:lō Identities Forged in the Forest.” Through Students’ Eyes: Stó:lō Ethnohistory Field School Collection, eds. Keith Carlson and John S. Lutz. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2016 (Forthcoming).

Carlson, Keith, and Colin Osmond. “Clash at Clayoquot: Manifestations of Colonial and Indigenous Power in Pre Settler Colonial Canada (The Overlooked 1792 Journals of David Lamb and Jacob Herrick).” Western Historical Quarterly (Summer 2017) (Forthcoming).

Conference Presentations (Select):
“From the Archives to the Field: A Student’s Experiences in Ethnohistory.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Vancouver, April 2016.

“Giant Trees, Iron Men: Coast Salish Loggers and Masculinity.” American Society for Environmental History, Seattle, WA, March 2016.

“Turned Away from Tees'kwat: Powell River's Industrial Landscape, from a Tla'amin Perspective.” Qualicum History Conference, Qualicum Beach, BC, January 2016.

“Turned Away From Tees’kwat: Reimagining Space and Identity from a Tla’amin Perspective.” American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2015.

PattonKarissa Patton


Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Dissertation Description: Patton’s dissertation explores the significant ways activist groups established alternative models of reproductive and sexual health services and education in Southern Alberta between 1968 and 1979.

Fields of Expertise: History of Reproductive and Sexual Health, Native-Newcomer Relations, Gender History, Oral History, Women’s History, Canadian History, Alberta History

Publications (Select):

(Forthcoming) Patton, Karissa and Erika Dyck, “Activism in the “Bible Belt:” Conservatism, Religion, and Reproductive Rights in 1970s Southern Alberta.” In History of Women’s Social and Political Activism in the Canadian West, edited by Sarah Carter, Nanci Langford, and Claire Thompson. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2019.

Patton, Karissa. “Parental Rights, Reproductive Rights, and Youth’s Sexuality in Alberta, Then and Now.” (part of the special series of posts in preparation for the Abortion: The UnfinishedRevolution conference in August, 2014) July 25, 2014.

Patton, Karissa. “Risk taking or Reproductive Oppression?: The CCBR’s Mimicry of the Abortion Caravan to Disguise their Anti-Choice Politics and Ideology” (part of the special series of posts in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan) May 26, 2015.

Conference Presentations (Select): 

““In case your doctor was too busy to tell you…:” Self-Education Initiatives on Reproductive and Sexual Health in Southern Alberta in the 1970s,” at the Minnesota, Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (MOMS) 6th Bi-Annual History of Medicine Conference, Winnipeg, MB, September 25, 2017.

““‘The Other Alberta:” Activist Reactions to Alberta’s Conservatism,” Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, May 30, 2016.

“As a Parent: Parental Perceptions of Authority on the Issues of Birth Control, Abortion, and Premarital Sex in 1974 Lethbridge,” Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution, The University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, August 8, 2014.


Fedir Razumenko

PhD (defended September 2018)

Dissertation Title: "Clinical Trials, Cancer, and the Emergence of Human Research Ethics in Canada, 1921-1980"

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck and Dr. Larry Stewart

Dissertation Description: My research charts the development of new practices in clinical settings wherein anti-cancer experimental therapy modalities were devised, evaluated, and eventually regulated. The innovative cancer research is viewed in the study as a constructive socio-cultural process through which norms, values, and goals of the community are reflected.


“The Nexus of Canadian Cancer Research: from the Commissions to the Institute, 1929-1951”, presented at the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM/SCHM) annual meeting in Calgary (AB), 28-30 May 2016.

“A Life Cycle of the Medical Substance: DMPA’s Social Transitions From Laboratories to Hospitals and Mental Institutions in Canada since late 1950s”, presented at the 5th MOMS History of Medicine Conference, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, October 2-3, 2015.

“A Level Playing Field for Ontario and Saskatchewan: cancer therapy research with human subjects and its ethics in the 1960s,” presented at the 24th Annual History of Medicine Days Conference, University of Calgary, March 6-7th, 2015.

“Normality before Morality: Canadian innovation in cancer treatment human research and its ethical grounding in the 1960s,” presented at the Taft Graduate Humanities Conference HumanitiesNOW, University of Cincinnati (OH), March 4-5th, 2015.


“The First Knowledge Economy: Human Capital and the European Economy, 1750-1850” (Review of Margaret C. Jacob’s Book), Canadian Journal of History, Autumn 2016, Vol. 51(2), 365-367. 


Erin Spinney

PhD (defended April 2018)

Dissertation Title: Military Nursing in the British Empire c. 1763-1820 

Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Smith/Dr. Matthew Neufeld

Dissertation Description: To explore how and why military nursing was established as a female domain from the late eighteenth century, I examine five key issues: the hospital as a household, nursing and imperialism, health through hygiene, the changing status of military nurses, and the relationship of the Napoleonic nurse to the new medicine. My research considers how race, class, and gender were intertwined in shaping the medical system and the process of selecting nurses, and draws on many archival sources including letters, medical treatises, personal papers, regulation books and hospital pay lists. 

Fields of Expertise: Early Modern Britain; Medical History; Nursing History; Military History; Atlantic World.

Conference Presentations (Select):

“Beyond Nightingale: Inspiring a New Generation to Utilize History to Inform Policy and Practice”
Co-Presenters: Helen Vandenberg and Lydia Wytenbroek

Manitoba-(Northern) Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan History of Medicine Conference, Winnipeg, MB, 22-24 September

"'Not less than one proper nurse for every ten men': Regulating 18th-Century British Military and Naval Nurses." American Association for the History of Nursing, Rochester, NY 7-9 September

"British Naval Nursing 1760-1830." The Past, Present, and Future of Naval Nursing, Royal College of Nursing, Plymouth UK 7 June (Invited)


Erin Spinney. "Bacteria & Bayonets: The Impact of Disease in American Military History by David Petrillo." Nursing History Review 26(1) (2018): 222-223.

Erin Spinney. "Disease, War, and the Imperial State: The Welfare of the British Armed Forces During the Seven Year's War by Erica Charters." Nursing History Review 26(1) (2018): 214-215.

Erin Spinney. "Colonial Caring: A history of colonial and post-colonial nursing, Edited by Helen Sweet and Sue Hawkins." Nursing History Review 25(1) (2017): 170-172.


Alessandro Tarsia


Dissertation Title: Cerealiculture and Ergotism Among Indigenous People of the Canadian Prairies

Supervisor: Dr.  Keith Thor Carlson

Dissertation Description: This is a multi-faceted Community-engaged Scholarship (CES) project which synthesizes diverse research aspects of mine along with bridging past projects with a completely new population – various indigenous groups of Canada – focusing on food studies, community and geographical space and illness. The introduction of extensive cultivation of grain, rye and barley in the Canadian prairies took place gradually after the arrival of the colonizers and therefore is properly considered a material manifestation of the colonization itself. It implies a radical transformation of territory, economy and nutrition and hence, a revolution of the same native culture as landscape, since wildlife, flora and fauna are essential elements of their culture. Since the cultivation of these cereals is carried out on the initiative of settlers, when colonization is already taking place among indigenous peoples, studying ergotism can be done through the lens of post-colonial scholarship which recognizes the process of assimilation, mimicry and agency of indigenous peoples. The present research aims to situate ergotism within the context of Indigenous history and the history of Canadian settler colonialism. It will accomplish this by investigating the material conditions of life, the geographical landscape, the agriculture, the epidemic that affected both men and animals and the pests that afflicted the vegetation, climate, flora and fauna as a complex cultural system over the period stretching from the beginning of the 18th century to the end of the 19th century.

Fields of Expertise: Community Engaged Scholarship, History of Medicine, History of Ancient Mediterranean cultures, History of Southern Italy, Historical Anthropology, Ethnography of the Italian Organized Crime.


Alessandro Tarsia, Perché la ‘ndrangheta: Antropologia dei calabresi [Why the ‘Ndrangheta. Anthropology of Calabrians] (Gioiosa Marea (ME) Pungitopo: 2015).

Alessandro Tarsia, Il pane e il fuoco: L’ergotismo nel meridione d’Italia [Bread and Fire. Ergotism in Southern Italy] (Roma, Aracne: 2011). ISBN 978-88-548-4318-9 (Book)

Alessandro Tarsia, “The Devil in the Sheaves. Ergotism in Southern Italy”, in Semiotica. Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, 2013; 195:357-371. DOI 10.1515/sem-2013-0002. (Article)



Cheryl Troupe

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Cunfer

Dissertation Description: She began the Ph.D. program in History in 2012, exploring Métis women’s “road allowance” gardening in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

DmitryDimitry Zakharov

PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: Cancer and the Limits of Surgery: The Changing Practice of Cancer Surgery, 1890-1930.

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Dissertation Description: In my dissertation I propose to investigate how changes in basic biological science as well as changing understandings of disease and the human body were both facilitated by, and then brought about changes in, the practice of surgery.

Areas of Expertise: History of Medicine, History of Science, 20th Century Social Theory, Continental Philosophy.

Conference Presentations:

“Surgical Treatments, Experimental Solutions: John Allen Wyeth and the use of Fowler’s Solution in the Treatment of Sarcoma, 1884-1898.” Minnesota, Northern Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (MOMS) 6th Bi-Annual History of Medicine Conference, Winnipeg, MB, September 25, 2017.


MA Students

betkeTyla Betke


Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Hoy

Thesis Title: Indigenous Mobility and Sovereignty along the Canada-U.S. Border, 1880-1917

Thesis Description: My thesis focuses on the history of the transnational mobility of Indigenous peoples in the Alberta-Saskatchewan-Montana region. Utilizing Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) software with statistical data compiled by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and local newspaper accounts, I will visually trace the cross-border movement of Chippewa-Cree (Ne Hiyawak) individuals. My work will also reveal larger trends regarding the application of state power over Indigenous lives, and highlight the ways in which Chippewa-Cree communities navigated federal systems that simplified notions of land, citizenship, and belonging.

Conference Presentation:

“Cross-Border Criminals: Extradition between Great Britain and the United States, 1842-1890.” Crossing Borders Conference. Lewistown, New York, USA. March, 2017. 

Olivia BirdOlivia Bird


Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson

Thesis Description: I am exploring the extent to which Christianity has served to alternatively undermine and to support Indigenaity within the lives of Coast Salish women. Through conducting ethnohistorical research, I hope to recognize the complicated role that Christianity has played within Indigenous history as both a tool for assimilative colonial oppression and as a sincere faith expression. 

Danika BonhamDanika Bonham


Supervisor: Dr. Jim Clifford

Thesis Title: Food for Thought: The Implementation and Practise of Nutritional Policies in Northeast England, 1881-1919

Thesis Description: My research focuses on regional approaches to public health, particularly surrounding the health of infants and mothers, in the Northeast of England. Using Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) and digital history methodologies, I aim to demonstrate regional variances in infant mortality rates, and to identify areas that failed and succeeded in curbing infant deaths during the turn-of-the-twentieth-century. This thesis will also examine how medical professionals (both male and female), politicians, and social reform societies and charities interacted with new medical knowledge surrounding infant 

clarkChelsea Clark

MA (defended December 2017)

Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Smith/Dr. Matthew Neufeld 

CupidNathan Cupid

MA (defended February 2018)

Thesis Title: The Empire Knows They Smuggle: New France and the Illicit Fur Trade, 1663-1740

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

Thesis Description: My thesis examines coureurs de bois and the illicit fur trade in New France, and asks how illicit trade affected the way colonial officials governed New France between 1663 and 1740. It investigates connections between the illicit fur trade and governance, and considers how illicit commercial activity affects state or imperial decision-making.

Fields of Expertise: New France, the North American fur trade, Colonial governance, Coureurs de bois


GibbonsKarrie Gibbons


Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Korinek 

GiraldoMartin Giraldo


Supervisor: Dr. Geoff Cunfer

Thesis Description: My research is aimed to trace the configuration process of an agricultural landscape in the Cauca valley, southwest Colombia during the second half of 19th century, looking for the land-use changes during the transition from a traditional to an industrial agriculture.

Fields of Expertise: Latin American History, Colombian History, History of colonialism, Environmental History

Conference Presentations (Select):

Mapping the agricultural past of Cundiboyacense high plateau, Colombian north-eastern Andes Mountains”. International Conference on History of Cartography (ICHC), Antwerp, Belgium, July 2015​


CaseyCassandra Koenig


Thesis Title: The Madams, Inmates, and Frequenters: Prostitution Law on the Prairies from 1910-1930.

Supervisor: Dr. Lesley Biggs

Thesis Description: A focus on the interpretation and implementation of prostitution law in Alberta and Saskatchewan from 1910-1930. With the intent of looking at the monthly returns of police magistrates from Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Regina, and Moosejaw, the aim is to discover differences in sentencing trends and the influence of social reform on prostitution law in the prairies.

Fields of Expertise: Western Canadian History, Gender History

Conference Presentations (Select):

British Association of Canadian Studies Conference, British Library, London, England. Paper and Presentation: “Bawdy Behaviour: The Madam, the Inmates, and the Gents in Calgary and Edmonton (1916-1919)” April 2015


McKelveyMckelvey Kelly


Thesis Title: Protecting our Ancestors: A History of the Anderdon Cemetery

Supervisor: Dr. Kathryn Labelle

Thesis Description: My research will address the history of the Wendat Anderdon Cemetery located along the shores of the Detroit River. Utilizing ethnohistorical methods I will use the Anderdon Cemetery as a lens to view the history of colonialism, repatriation, and Indigenous activism. My analysis will pay particular attention to the roles of women throughout this history. I will also be in connection with the Wendat Women's Advisory Council, a group of prominent female leaders representing the dispersed Wendat Nations, allowing me to participate in community-based research.

Fields of Expertise: Wendat History, Blackfoot History, Treaty 7, Diaspora History, Canadian Indigenous History, Indigenous Funerary Practices.

Conference Presentations:

“Treaty No. 8,” poster display. Under the Western Skies, Mount Royal University, September 2014.

"Inevitable Death: An Examination of Blackfoot Death, Burial and Funerary Practices." The Foothills Colloquium in Undergraduate History, Mount Royal University, April 2015.

“Crowfoot’s Omahksspaètsikoi: A History of Blackfoot Funerary Practices, 1850-1900.” Academic Research Days, Mount Royal University, April 2016.

“Crowfoot’s Omahksspaètsikoi: A History of Blackfoot Funerary Practices, 1850-1900.” Honours’ Hurrah, Mount Royal University, April 2016. 

IrynaIryna Kozina


Thesis Title: Prickly Questions: Redemptorists’/Catholic response to sociocultural changes in 1960s. Ukrainian Case in Yorkton, Saskatchewan (c. 1960s-1980s)

Supervisor: Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

Thesis Description: In my thesis, I will determine the main messages delivered by the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton through the Redemptorists’ Press publications in the 1960s-1980s. I will analyse the Yorkton Redemptorists’ response to sociocultural developments in the Canadian Prairies beginning from the 1960s.

Fields of Expertise: Ukrainian Canadian Studies / Diaspora Studies /Social History of Religion / Oral History

Conference presentations:

“Church and Modernity: Catholic response to sociocultural changes in the 1960s,”
Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto (ON), May 2017.

“We Are Not Here to Guard a Museum: Yorkton Ukrainian Redemptorists and Their Media (1960s-1980s)”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina (SK), May 2018.


Steven LangloisSteven Langlois


Thesis Title: "'Uranium Fever': Canadian Uranium in the American Nuclear Weapons Program, 1943-1963"

Supervisor: Dr. Martha Smith-Norris

Thesis Description: My research will explore how the Canadian uranium industry was created to fuel American nuclear weapons production, and what that weapons production looked like. My thesis will argue that the American nuclear weapons program formed a transnational supply chain stretching from uranium mines in northern Saskatchewan to testing sites in the South Pacific.


Michael LyonsMichael Lyons


Thesis Title: Officials, Mortality, and Change in a Fourteenth-Century Manor Court: Wakefield, 1340-1360

Supervisor: Dr. Sharon Wright

Thesis Description: I am examining how the loss of elder officials in the manorial court of the West Yorkshire Wakefield manor during the bubonic plague affected the power dynamics and social relationships in the towns and villages of the manor in the late fourteenth-century. This thesis argues that the loss of men during the Plague of 1348, who held positions of authority as jurors and whose responsibility it was to help oversee their communities, transformed the socio-legal landscape of Wakefield; thus, changing the nature of juror selection which altered the composition of the social relationships and interactions in the villages of the manor in the post-plague era.

Fields of Expertise: Medieval England, Medieval English Legal and Social History, The Great Mortality, Medieval English Peasants, Manorial Society

Conference Presentations (Select):
Moving From Earthly Riches to the Splendor of Heaven: The Roman Concept of Humanitas as Represented in Cicero’s De Officiis and Augustine’s De Civitate Dei” Michael Swan Honours Colloquium (Jan. 2015) 

McConnellShannon McConnell


Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Thesis Description:  It is an exploration of Woodlands School (1878-1996) in New Westminster, British Columbia. Originally a psychiatric hospital became a catch-all for children with disabilities, mental health issues and wards of the state. My thesis will explore the institution’s fraught history through patients’ stories and voices.

Fields of Expertise: History of Psychiatry; Canadian History; History of Asylums.


“It was a weird night” Poetry All Over The Floor Anthology. May 2017. Poetry.

“52.1332°N 106.6700°W” The Society. St. Peter’s College. Volume 14, 2017. Poetry.

“A Poem in Two Parts created from Lines of Tinder Profiles That Make Me Consider Joining a Convent, Maybe.” Rat’s Ass Review. Summer 2017. Poetry.

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Marie-Eve PresberMarie-Eve Presber


Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson

Thesis Title: French Settlers in Mi'kmaq Women's History

Thesis Description: This thesis will seek to answer how Mi’kmaq women’s relations with Frenchmen from 1534-1710, ultimately affected their relationship socially, politically, and culturally with other members of the Mi’kmaq community. In other words, it will explain how Frenchmen fit within the history of the Mi’kmaq people of Nova Scotia from a female Mi’kmaq perspective.

Conference Presentations:

"Mi'kmaq, French, and British Interactions: An Examination of Mi'kmaq European Interactions in Mi'kmaki, Acadia, and Nova Scotia from 1534-1761." Lower Fort Garry Conference Winnipeg, University of Manitoba: 2017.

Email address: 

Tyler ReimerTyler Reimer

MA (defended September 2017)

Thesis title: Secret Books, Secret Magic: A comparison of printed and manuscript books of secrets in sixteenth-century England

Supervisor: Dr. Frank Klaassen

Thesis Description: I will be looking at the differences between printed and manuscript books of secrets in sixteenth-century England. Focusing on the differences in desires and ingredients that appear in books of secrets and the structuring of authority in the two traditions.


rogersDavis Rogers


Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson 

Thesis Description: My research explores the evolving relationship between Native Americans and environmental conservation within the United States. It focuses on the recent reintroduction of wolves in Idaho and the historic role the Nez Perce (Niimíipu) peoples played in this process. 

Daniel RutenDaniel Ruten


Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Neufeld

Thesis Description: My research will explore the operation of the Bethel Hospital in Norwich, one of the first institutions in England purpose-built to house and cure 'lunatics', in order to better situate its place in the history of madness in Early Modern Britain. I aim to examine the origins and experiences of the people confined there, the ways in which the curative aims of the institution found expression in treatment regimes and/or aspects of its spatial organization, and the ways in which shifting definitions of madness were shaped over time by localized dynamics as well as broader sociocultural and political factors.


David Seibel


Thesis Title: Upper Louisiana and St. Louis under Spanish Authority

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

Thesis Description: My research investigates the interactions of French people in Upper Louisiana with Spanish imperial authority from 1766 to 1793. I am examining how French colonial peoples accepted and contested imperial regime change and I am seeking to understand the limits of imperial authority on the frontier. My research is centered on the French inhabitants’ relationship with the Spanish state, not the Spanish government’s perspective.


Brandon SmithBrandon Smith

MA (defended October 2017)

Thesis Title: Baltic Ambitions: The Diplomatic Role of the Teutonic Order in the Conflict between Emperor, Frederick II, and the Papacy, 1220-1250

Supervisor: Dr. Sharon Wright

Fields of Expertise: The Holy Roman Empire, Medieval History, German History, Crusades Studies, The Baltic Crusade

Thesis Description: I am examining the Baltic Crusade in the context of the western European conflict between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Empire during the reign of Frederick II von Hohenstaufen. By studying correspondences between the Empire, the Papacy, and the Teutonic Order, this thesis argues that the Teutonic Order was able to navigate this conflict in such a way that they were able to receive benefits from both institutions that normally would not have been granted, while maintaining a policy of neutrality in the conflict between the Papacy and the Empire.

Conference Presentation (Select):

"The Evolving Sexuality of Edward II of England: A Look at the Historiography of the Study of Edward II’s Sexuality," The Michael Swan Honours Colloquium (Jan. 2015)


Mitchell J. Smith


Thesis Title: Alaskan Orthodoxy: Alaskan Native Missionaries in the 19th Century

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson 

Thesis Description: In the 19th Century, lay Orthodox missionaries from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska preceded formal Russian Orthodox missionaries in baptizing inland Alaskan Native groups as Christians. In the interior, as on the coast, Alaskan Native Christianity melded parts of Native spirituality and culture with Orthodox Christian theology and liturgy from eastern Europe. Using multiple sources, including Oral interviews, I will write the history of Alaskan Orthodoxy from an Alaskan Native perspective.

Fields of Expertise: Native-Newcomer Relations, Frontier History, History of Christianity


AngeliqueAngélique Tardivel


Thesis title: Of Rivers and Mountains: the Life Stories of Patricia and Ron John and the evolution of Stó:lõ Leadership in the Fraser Valley from the 1970s to the 1990s

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson

Thesis Description: My research explores the evolution of Stó:lõ leadership in the Fraser Valley from the 1970s to the 1990s. This oral history project is a biographical study of the life stories of Patricia and Ron John, two Stó:lõ Elders, leaders and community members from Chawathil First Nation. I aim to decipher whether Ron and Patricia’s political leadership was informed by a revival or continuation of pre-19th century notions of leadership, and the extent to which their regarded this as building upon, or departing from, the style and expression of leadership associated with WWII veterans of the immediately preceding generation.

Fields of expertise: West Coast kinship systems and leadership, Indigenous Ethnohistory, British Columbia History, Immigration policy in Canada, Modern Languages.

Conference presentation:

Tardivel, Angélique. “The evolution of Stó:lõ Leadership in the Fraser Valley from 1970 to 1990.” Qualicum History Conference, Parksville (BC), February 2018.

Tardivel, Angélique. "Of Rivers and Mountains: the Life Stories of Patricia and Ron John." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) Conference, Vancouver (BC), June 2017.

Tardivel, Angélique. “Volcano-Woman, the Frog and the Cormorant Hat. Matrilineality in Tsimshian Adaawk: the story of Asdilthda and Deaksh.” Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) Conference, Québec (QC), May 2015.


Courtney TuckCourtney Tuck-Goetz


Thesis Title: Perceptions of Female Gladiators of the Imperial Period in Ancient Rome​

Supervisor: Dr. Angela Kalinowski

Thesis Description: My master’s thesis project will discuss the participation of female gladiators in ancient Roman spectacle. It aims to ascertain the way these women were perceived by their ancient Roman contemporaries during the Imperial Period. I will be utilizing ancient sources both material and literary in nature. I will examine the evidence through the lenses of gender, class and ethnicity. The outcome of this study will be the creation of a picture of the way female gladiators were perceived as ‘other’ and what impact those perceptions would have had in shaping their overall experience as women in Roman spectacle.

Fields of Expertise: Ancient Roman Spectacle, Ancient Material Culture & Sources, Ancient Roman Social History 

Conference presentation:

“Female Gladiators: Ancient Evidence and Modern Misconceptions.” 2013 (Swan Honours Colloquium) University of Saskatchewan

“A Plaster Cast On-line Catalogue & Virtual Exhibit Project.” November 2015 (Museum’s Association of Saskatchewan Peer Exchange)

“Female Gladiators as Amazons: Ethnicity and the Creation of ‘Other’ in the Roman Arena” 2017 (CNERS Conference at University of British Columbia – May) (CLARE Conference at University of Calgary – April)