Student Profiles

The graduate program in history currently has 37 students (20 PhD and 17 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 that were available to Canadians dealing with injury and illness in the early 1900s, from seeking out medical personnel such as nurses and doctors, to alternative strategies such as relying on neighbours. I trace the rise of insurance as a growing solution, first in the form of private life insurance and mutual societies, then in the form 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):
“Cultural values in Canadian health insurance,” International Conference on Risk and the Insurance Business in History, Sevilla 2019.

“No coverage for ‘…injuries caused by Indians’: Early accident insurance and the social and cultural world of late nineteenth-century Canada,” Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Conference, Congress 2018.

 “Insuring Canada: How the insurance industry shaped Canadian health options, and Canadians’ sense of self,” Healthcare before Welfare States Workshop, Prague 2018.

"Before the birth of Medicare: Government funding and insurance schemes in Saskatchewan," Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Conference, Congress 2017.



Anne Baycroft

PhD Student

Supervisor: Dr. George Keyworth

Dissertation Title: "Socio-economic Landscapes: The family and popular religion in late Imperial China"

Dissertation Description: My PhD research utilizes the writings of nineteenth century Christian missionaries as a means to explore social and economic expressions of non-elite religion in late Imperial China. Through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) I intend to uncover the socio-economic insights missionary authors offer into China’s non-elite religious landscape. The goal of my study is threefold: first, to understand the economic impact of religious sites and festivals within both urban and rural Chinese communities; second, to gather insight into the social role(s) of non-elite religion through an investigation of gender and the family; and third, to contribute to a larger discussion about the transference, engagement, and adaptation of Western ideologies within China.

Fields of Expertise: Chinese History, Religion & Culture, History of Colonialism, North American Indigenous History



Scott Berthelette

PhD Candidate (defended January 2020)

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

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

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 Candidate

Supervisors: Dr. Keith Carlson and Dr. Benjamin Hoy

Dissertation Description: By bridging the fields of community-engaged ethnohistory, intellectual history, and Indigenous literary criticism, my dissertation maps the role of Anishinaabe historical writing in Anishinaabe historical consciousness from 1800 to the present. Beginning with the publication of works of history by nineteenth-century Anishinaabe authors and ending with the influence of these works on the memories of their communities in the present day, this project will uncover the relationship between orality and literacy and the nature of history itself in Anishinaabe historical memory. Nineteenth-century Anishinaabe history writing not only presented a challenge to the ideological foundations of settler colonialism by asserting the value and historicity of Indigenous peoples, but it also presented its readers with radical visions of the future wherein the evils of colonialism could potentially be curbed and a new order could be established that combined Anishinaabe and Euromerican ways of knowing and living.

Fields of Expertise: Community-Engaged Ethnohistory, Indigenous History, History of the Anishinaabeg, Coast Salish History, Canadian History, United States History, Intellectual History, Indigenous Christianity, Indigenous Freemasonry, History of Indigenous Writing

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.

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.



Michelle Desveaux

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Keith Carlson

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

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.

Justin Fisher

Justin Fisher

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Watson

Dissertation Description: My project examines the history of fossil fuels in Saskatchewan, focusing on the second half of the twentieth century after the discovery of oil in the province. Looking at the community level, the study charts how fossil fuel extraction and consumption shaped local environments, demographics, health outcomes, and politics, elucidating the influence of fossil fuels on the development of the province and better contextualizing the history of western energy resources in Canada. 

Fields of Expertise: Environmental & Energy History, Canadian & Prairie History, Indigenous History

Carlson, H., J. Fisher and R. Malena Chan (2018). "Bridging the Gap: Building bridges between urban environmentalists and coal-producing communities in Saskatchewan." Saskatoon: Climate Justice Saskatoon.

Conference Presentations (Select):
"Bridging the gap between urban environmentalists and coal-producing communities in Saskatchewan." Just Transitions Summit, SaskForward, Campus Regina Public, Regina, SK, October 27-28, 2018. With Hayley Carlson and Rachel Malena-Chan.


Letitia Johnson

Letitia Johnson

PhD Candidate

Supervisors: Dr. Ashleigh Androsoff and Dr. Erika Dyck

Dissertation Description: My dissertation explores the forcible relocation of Japanese Canadians during World War II and health care provisions made for, and by, this ethnic community across western Canada, with particular emphasis on the under-examined geographical areas of Alberta and Manitoba. 

Fields of Expertise: Canadian History, Medical History, Ethnic minority/Immigrant History; Oral History; Gender History, Indigenous History.

“Japanese Canadian Health Care in World War II” Medical Humanities, Special Issue June 2020 – Based on The Human Body and World War II Conference, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, England. (forthcoming, pending)

Review of Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s-1980s by Maureen Lux, University of Toronto Press, 2016, in Past Imperfect (Graduate Student Journal, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta), vol. 20 (Winter 2017): 92-96.

“Gender and Medical Inspection at Ellis Island” Constellations Undergraduate History and Classics Journal (University of Alberta), vol. 7 (1) (Fall 2015): 16-30.

Conference Presentations:
“The Case of Masajiro Miyazaki – Japanese Canadian Health Care in World War II” The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) Annual Meeting, Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2018, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, May 26-28, 2018.

“Japanese Canadian Health Care in World War II” The Human Body and World War II Conference, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, England, March 23-24, 2018.

“‘Japs Keep Moving’: Public Reactions to Japanese Canadians in Alberta in World War II” Bow River Graduate History Conference, University of Calgary, April 8, 2017.


David Kim-CraggDavid Kim-Cragg

PhD Candidate (defended March 2020)

Supervisors: Dr. Keith Carlson and Dr. 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


Candice Klein

Candice Klein

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Korinek

Dissertation Title:  "Lacking a lady, one makes do:" Queer Eye on the Canadian Prairie from 1900 to 1950

Dissertation Description: My project examines non-normative gender performativity and sexual minority communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan from 1900 to 1950. My dissertation will also challenge the current conventional narrative that paints the Prairies as heterosexual by default; as fertile lands that encouraged fertile bodies to reproduce as colonial culture expanded west. Whereas white settler spaces and geographies tend to be marked as heteronormative, I will explore how different groups of people on the Prairies encouraged gender and sex nonconformity relative to the early 20th century.

Fields of Expertise:  History of Gender and Sexuality, Canadian History, Feminist History, Prairie History, Indigenous History, and Queer History

"'They Didn't Even Realize Canada Was a Different Country': Canadian Left Nationalism at the 1971 Vancouver Indochinese Women's Conference." Labour/Le Travail 84 (Fall 2019). 

Conference Presentations (select):
“They didn’t even realize Canada was a different country”: Anxieties about American Imperialism within Women's Liberation at the 1971 Vancouver Indochinese Women’s Conference.” History, Feminism, Theory: Reflections on Women, Gender, Labour, and Colonialism Conference, 2019

“Sisterhood is Powerful, but Not Easy: The Intersection of Women's Liberation and Anti-Imperialism During the 1971 Vancouver Indochinese Women's Conference.” Canadian Historical Association, 2018

“American Imperialism on Canadian Soil: The 1971 Vancouver Indochinese Women’s Conference.” Western Association of Women’s History Conference, 2017

Laura Larson

Laura Larsen

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

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

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 Candidate

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

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

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

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

PhD Candidate

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

PhD Candidate

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 Robyn Patton

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Dissertation Title: Con(tra)ceptualizing Care: Birth Control Centres, Feminist Models of Health Care, and Reproductive Politics in Southern Alberta, 1969-1979Con(tra)ceptualizing Care: Birth Control Centres, Feminist Models of Health Care, and Reproductive Politics in Southern Alberta, 1969-1979

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, History of Health and Healthcare, Native-Newcomer Relations, Gender History, Oral History, Women’s History, Canadian History, Alberta History

Publications (Select):
(Forthcoming) Patton, Karissa Robyn 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.

Crane Bear, Leon, Larry Hannant, and Karissa Robyn Patton (Editors). Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta in the 1960s and 1970s. Edmonton: University of Athabasca Press, 2019.

Patton, Karissa Robyn. “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 Robyn. “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):
Karissa Robyn Patton, ““If changes are to occur … they must come from Native women:” Indigenous Women’s Advocacy for Foster Care following the Sixties Scoop,” forthcoming presentation at the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2020.

Karissa Robyn Patton, “Contraception, Community, and Controversy: The Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre, 1972-1978,” forthcoming presentation at the Western History Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 18, 2019.

Karissa Robyn Patton, ““Homes for Single Pregnant Women:” Birth Control Centres, Pregnancy Care, and Young Single Mothers in the 1970s,” forthcoming presentation at the Minnesota, (Northern) Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan (MOMS) Medical History Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 28, 2019.

Emily Kaliel & Karissa Robyn Patton, “Building Community and Transforming Knowledge: Case Studies of Women’s Reproductive Health Expertise in 20th Century Alberta, Canada,” at the 10th European Spring School of Science and Popularization, Handling the Body, Taking Control: Technologies of the Gendered Bodies, Maó, Spain, May 25, 2019.

Karissa Robyn Patton, “From Birth Control Centres to Bucking Conservatism: Age, Gender, and Community,” at the Canadian Historical Association’s Annual Meeting, Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 5, 2019.

Alessandro Tarsia

PhD Candidate

Supervisors: Dr.  Keith Thor Carlson and Dr. Kathryn Labelle

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

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)


DmitryDimitry Zakharov

PhD Candidate

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

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

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:
“‘The Certain Cure:’ Quackery and the Regulation of Scientific Cancer Treatment in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries.” Conference Presentation. Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The Limits of Surgery: The Puzzle of Cancer and the Transformation of Cancer Etiology, 1890s.” Conference Presentation. Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting at the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Regina, Saskatchewan, 29 May, 2018.

“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.


Yuan ZiyuYuan Ziyu

PhD Candidate (visiting scholar from Shanxi University until July 2020)

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck (Shanxi University supervisor: Dr. Gao ce)

Dissertation Title: Canadian Medical Missionaries and the Spread of Dentistry in China in the Early 20th Century.

Dissertation Description: My research examines the localization and modernization of dentistry in early 20th century China. Focusing on the private doctor Situ Bo, who played a pivotal role in promoting the development of dental education and publicity. It explored the influence of Canadian missionaries came to China for the spread of dentistry meanwhile seek to give a more nuanced understanding of medical activities that have influenced traditional dentistry into an independent discipline.

Areas of Expertise: history of dentistry; history of Canadian dental missionaries to China; history of Chinese dental medicine in early 20th century; historiography of Science.

Conference Presentations:
“Situ Bo: The pioneer of modern Chinese dental medicine”, Chinese society for the History of Science and Technology 2018 Annual Conference(CSHST), Tsinghua University, Peking. Oct 2018.

Yuan Ziyu, Gao Ce, Li Shuxue. “Situ Bo and the Localization of Dentistry in Modern China.” (forthcoming)

Li Shuxue, Yuan Ziyu. “On Agassi’s Cultural Pluralism of View of History of Science.” Studies in Philosophy of Science and Technology. ( forthcoming)

Li Shuxue, Yuan Ziyu. “The Formation, Content and Characteristic of Early Agassi’s Historiography Thought of Science,” Studies in Philosophy of Science and Technology, 2017,1(34):103-108.

“Missionary and the Spread and Development of Dental Medicine in the Early 20th Century.” Take Charge of the Graduate Education Innovation Project supported by Shanxi Province. May 2018 - May 2019


MA Students


Derek CameronDerek Cameron

MA (defended April 2020)

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Thesis Title: An Alternative to Vaccines?: Homeopathic Nosodes and Their Affect on Vaccine Debates in English Canada

Thesis Description: As neoliberal values like choice, competition, and freedom have seeped into our culture, healthcare has become a domain where neoliberal values have driven change. By exposing healthcare to market dynamics, neoliberalism has shaped medical consumers in ways that allow anti-vaccine arguments to enter discourse and be received openly.

Fields of Expertise: History of Medicine, History of Youth, Economic History


Andrea EnsRyan Dutchak


Supervisor: Dr. Ashleigh Androsoff

Thesis Title: 

Thesis Description: Focusing on the years between 1946 to1971, my thesis compares the integration of Doukhobors and Ukrainians in Saskatchewan. It will analyze the assimilative pressures Doukhobors and Ukrainians encountered as their participation in Canadian society was steadily increasing, while also comparing how members of both groups maintained their unique identities and fit into Canada’s multicultural image.


Andrea EnsHarris Ford


Supervisor: Dr. Maurice Jr. Labelle

Thesis Title: In The Beginning: Jerusalem, The United Nations, and the Genesis of the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Process

Thesis Description:
My project will look at the origins of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict with a focus on the city of Jerusalem. It will be focused on a United Nations Palestine Conciliation Commission which ran from 1948 (when the state of Israel was founded) until the early 1950s. While this commission was ultimately unsuccessful, it set the precedent for what the process of peace would look like for Israel and Palestine moving forward and still has relevance into today. My thesis will look to Jerusalem as a microcosm of what early peace efforts looked like and how the practices of the late 1940s have carried into unsuccessful ventures despite many, many iterations over the past decades.

Fields of Expertise: Arab-West Relations, Israeli-Palestinian Relations, Post-Colonialism, Settler Colonialism, Orientalism


GibbonsKarrie Gibbons

MA (defended March 2020)

Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Korinek

Thesis Title: "Even the Youngest Can Help": The First World War, Girls and the Junior Red Cross in Western Canada. 

Emily KalielKristen Hartung


Supervisor: Dr. Maurice Jr. Labelle

Thesis Title:

Thesis Description:
My thesis research look into the activities of American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) during the early years of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. The AFSC, during this period, was in Israel/Palestine at the invitation of the United Nations (UN) before withdrawing due to a “moral obligation to the refugee people.” The research questions that will drive my research include:  Did the ASFC treat Palestinian Arabs, Arabs Jews, and Israeli Jews equally, disproportions and on-the-ground realities notwithstanding? What kind of “moral obligation to the refugee people” led the non-state actor to abort its humanitarian activities in times of dire Palestinian plights after the Nakbah?

Fields of Expertise: History of Arab/Israeli and Israeli/Palestinian conflicts, History of Christianity, History of Humanitarianism.


CaseyCassandra Koenig


Supervisor: Dr. Lesley Biggs

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

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

IrynaIryna Kozina


Supervisor: Dr. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen

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

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.


Evan KratzEvan Kratz


Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Neufeld

Thesis Description: My research explores the role of religion in the East India Company through the study of several British chaplains who were employed by the Company during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. I am analyzing sources they have left in the form of journals, letters, and sermons, in order to understand how they navigated different obligations to both the company and the church, while also seeking to shed more light on their significance for the history of Christian missions and other forms of inter-religious relations in British India.

Steven LangloisSteven Langlois

MA (defended October 2019)

Supervisor: Dr. Martha Smith-Norris

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

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.


McConnellShannon McConnell

MA (defended May 2020)

Supervisor: Dr. Erika Dyck

Thesis Title: The Woodlands School, 1950-1980

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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Kierra MitchellKiera Mitchell


Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Korinek

Thesis Title: Fertile Clay: Beth Hone, Art and Activism in the Prairies West 

Thesis Description:  My research is focused on mid-twentieth century feminist activism and art practice in Saskatchewan. I will be using the personal archives of Beth Hone (b.1918 d.2011), a ceramicist and activist based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, and combining this with oral histories collected from community members. I aim to document second-wave feminist activism in the province and examine the role art played in political resistance during the period studied.

Fields of ExpertiseWestern Canadian History; Gender History; Canadian Feminist Activist Movements; Woman and Academia; Faith and Digital Community Building

Donica Belisle with Kiera Mitchell. “Mary Quayle Innis: Faculty Wives’ Contributions and the Making of Academic Celebrity.” Canadian Historical Review 99:3 (Fall 2018):456-486.

Conference Presentations:
"Poster Session: The Feminist Potential of Space: The Hone-James Studio.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Regina, Regina SK, May 29, 2018.

"Roundtable: New Muslim Public Spheres in the Digital Age: Stages of Research, Methodology and Mentorship.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, University of Regina, Regina SK, May 28, 2018.

"Fertile Clay: Beth Hone, Art and Activism in the Prairies West.” The Simone de Beauvoir Institute 40th Anniversary Conference, Concordia University, Montreal QC, May 9, 2018.

With Donica Belisle. “Creating Historical Canons: Mary Quayle Innis, Harold Innis, and the Production of Intellectual Authority.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Ryerson University, Toronto ON, 29-31 May 2017.

“The Feminist Potential of Space: The Hone-James Studio.” History Honours' Symposium. University of Regina, Regina SK, 21 March 2017.


PattonRichard Oware


Supervisor: Dr. Simonne Horwitz

Thesis Title: British Colonial Impact on Mental Health Development in Ghana, 1902-1957

Thesis Description:  My research examines British Colonial Rule and Mental Health policies adopted in Ghana formerly Gold Coast. I seek to understand how the understanding of indigenous Ghanaian culture from the colonial perspective influenced the mental health policies adopted in the region.

Fields of Expertise: Indigenous Medicine and Integration in Ghana, Social History of Medicine and Environmental History.

Samuel Adu-Gyamfi and Richard Oware, "Economy and Health in the Gold Coast, 1902-1057", African Economic History 47, no. 2 (2019). (Forthcoming) 
Samuel Adu-Gyamfi and Richard Oware, "Wesleyan Mission Medicine in Asante, 1901-2000", Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Studies 18, no. 2 (2018): 335-376.


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. 

David Seibel


Supervisor: Dr. Robert Englebert

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

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.


Courtney TuckCourtney Tuck-Goetz

MA (defended August 2019)

Supervisor: Dr. Angela Kalinowski

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

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)