Undergraduate Canadian Studies Program at a Glance
Graduate Anthropology MA Program at a Glance
Graduat Canadian Studies PhD Program at a Glance

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E-mail: CanadianStudiesATtrentu.ca
School for the Study of Canada - Undergraduate
Trent University

Office: 204 Kerr House, 299 Dublin St., Traill College 

Mailing: 1600 West Bank Drive, Peterborough, ON Canada K9L 0G2

Telephone: (705) 748-1817
Fax: (705) 748-1801


Office hours 

Daily 10 - 3.  On Mondays and Fridays during the school year, our office is staffed by our student assistants

please call 705 748 1817 to check updated schedule

(exceptions to these hours will be posted on our outgoing voicemail whenever possible)

Acting Director:  School for the Study of Canada

Department Secretary:



Jeannine Crowe  
Phone: (705) 748-1817
Traill College Kerr House 204

E-mail:  canadianstudiesATtrentu.ca

Please note that our Department Office is located in Room 204, on the second floor of Kerr House, and is only accessible via stairs. For alternative arrangements, please contact us by email or phone during office hours.  We have limited office hours and we will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

Canadian Studies Core Faculty


Christopher Dummitt Caroline Durand
Jonathan Greene Michèle Lacombe
Bryan Palmer Margaret Steffler
Whitney Lackenbauer  


Canadian Studies Part-time Faculty


Molly Blyth James Onusko
Shaun Stevenson Christina Rousseau
Lindsay Thistle David Tough


SSHRC Postdoctoral fellows

 Prof. Jeremy Milloy, Trent University

    Jeremy Milloy

    email: jeremymilloy@trentu.ca


    Degrees: BA (Trent), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Simon Fraser)

    Research Interests:

    Work, violence, capitalism, racism, anti-racism, drugs and addiction in Canada and the United States.

    Selected Publications:


    • “’Chrysler Pulled The Trigger:’ Competing Understandings of Workplace Violence During the 1970s and Radical Legal Practice.” Labour/Le Travail 74 (Fall 2014), 51-88.

    • “Learning on the Job: The 1998 Squamish McDonald’s Campaign and New Possibilities for Fast Food Workers.” Left History 16.1 (Spring 2012), 57- 91.

    • “Braverman’s New World? Recent Historical Scholarship on the Labour Process.” Left History 15.2 (Fall 2012), 91-101.

    • “A Battle Royal: Service Work Activism and the Royal York Strike, 1961-1962.” Labour/Le Travail 58 (Fall 2006), 13-40.

    Current Research:

    Violence in the North American auto industry; substance use and anti-addiction interventions in the North American workplace.

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Canadian Studies Core Faculty

Professor Christopher DummittProf. Christopher Dummitt, School for the Study of Canada
Phone: (705) 748-1011, Ext. 7224
Traill College, Kerr House 205
E-mail:  cdummittATtrentu.ca

website www.christopherdummitt.com

Currently Teaching: tba


  • Unbuttoned: A History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.
  • edited with Michael Dawson.  Contesting Clio’s Craft: New Directions and Debates in Canadian History. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas Press, 2009. 
  • The Manly Modern: Masculinity in the Postwar Years.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007. 

Select articles: 

  • ‘‘The ‘Taint of Self’: Reflections on Ralph Connor, his fans, and the problem of morality in recent Canadian historiography’ Histoire Sociale/ Social History Vol XLVI, No 91 (May 2013): 63-90.
  •  “The Importance of Not Being Earnest: Postwar Canadians Rethink Mackenzie King’s Christian Manhood’ in Christopher J Greig and Wayne J Martino eds, Canadian Men and Masculinities: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press, 2012), 61-75.


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Prof. Caroline DurandProf. Caroline Durand

Assistant Professor

Lady Eaton College S103

705-748-1011 x 7109


Currently teaching:  On leave FA 17

Research interests:

Québec history, from 1867 to the present, from social, cultural and political perspectives.

Food history, 1880-1980.

Particular interest for the history of popular music, the Quiet revolution, and women's history. 


Selected publications:


  • “Rational Meals for the Traditional Family: Nutrition in Quebec School Manuals, 1900-1960,” in the collection Edible Histories, Cultural Politics, edited by Franca Iacovetta, Valerie J. Korinek and Marlene Epp. Forthcoming, University of Toronto Press, 2012.
  • “L’alimentation moderne pour la famille traditionnelle : Les discours sur l’alimentation au Québec, 1914-1945”, Revue de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, no. 3, (2011), pp. 60-73.
  • “Entre exportation et importation : la création de la chanson québécoise selon la presse artistique, 1960-1980”, Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, vol. 60, no. 3 (2007), pp. 295-324.

Current research:

Food and nutrition in Québec, 1945-1980.

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Professor Jonathan Greene

Champlain College E13

Phone:  (705) 748-1011, Ext. 6004

Email:  JgreeneATtrentu.ca

Presently Teaching: CAST 3665H

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Professor Micle LacombeProf. Lacombe:  Department of Canadian Studies

E-mail:  MlacombeATtrentu.ca

Degrees: B.A. (McGILL), M.A., Ph.D.(YORK)

In Press

  •  “More than where the Heart Is: Meeting Places in Wabenaki Poetry by Cheryl Savageau and Mihku Paul,” in Journal of Canadian Studies/ Revue d’études canadiennes d’études canadiennes Vol 48 Spring Summer 2015.

Recent Publications:

  • “The Teaching of Quebec in Canadian Studies: Crisis or Opportunity?” in International Journal of Canadian Studies/ Revue international d’études canadiennes   Jan 2014 Vol 50 pp 121-136
  • “Embodying the Glocal: Immigrant and Indigenous Ideas of Home in Tessa McWatt’s Montreal,” in Literature and the Glocal City: Reshaping the English-Canadian Imaginary, ed. Ana Maria Fraile-Marcos.  Routledge: 2014, pp 39-54
  • "Pimuteuat/ Ils marchent/They walk: Movement in Contemporary Indigenous Poetry in French,” Indigenous Poetics in Canada, ed. Neal McLeod (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2014) pp 159-182

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Professor Whitney Lackenbauer

Phone: (705) 748-1011

Traill College, Kerr House

Email: pwhitneylackenbauer@trentu.ca

Website: www.lackenbauer.ca

Research: As Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North, Lackenbauer’s current research program focuses on how Canada can and should balance its sovereignty, security and stewardship responsibilities in the North in ways that protect national interests and values, promote sustainable development and healthy communities, and facilitate circumpolar stability and cooperation. His other interests include modern Canadian and circumpolar history; political studies; military history / war and society; and Indigenous-state relations in Canada.

Currently teaching:

CAST 1100H – Conflicted Canada (FA 18)

CAST 3241H – The Contemporary Canadian North in a Circumpolar Context (WI 19)

Recent books:

  • China’s Arctic Ambitions and What They Mean for Canada (co-authored, University of Calgary Press, 2018)

  • Roots of Entanglement: Essays in Native-Newcomer Relations (co-edited, University of Toronto Press, 2017)

  • Canadian Armed Forces Arctic Operations, 1945-2015: Historical and Contemporary Lessons Learned (co-edited, Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, 2017)

  • Two Years Below the Horn: A Canadian’s Experiences in Antarctica, 1944-46 (co-edited, University of Manitoba Press, 2017)

  • The Networked North: Borders and Borderlands in the Canadian Arctic Region (co-edited, Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 2017)

  • One Arctic: The Arctic Council and Circumpolar Governance (co-edited, Canadian Arctic Resources Committee, 2017);

  • Whole of Government through an Arctic Lens (co-edited, Mulroney Institute of Government, 2017)



Bryan Palmer:  Canadian Research Chair in CAST

Professor Bryan Palmer

Phone: (705) 748-1011, Ext. 6061

Secretary: Jeannine Crowe, 748-1817

Email: bpalmerATtrentu.ca

Degrees: BA ( University of Western Ontario ); MA/PhD (SUNY at Binghamton )

Presently Teaching: CAST 2285H WI 18


Selected Publications:

  • Working-Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991 (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992).
  • Capitalism Comes to the Backcountry: The Goodyear Invasion of Napanee (Toronto: Between the Lines, 1994).
  • E.P. Thompson: Objections and Oppositions (London and New York: Verso, 1994).
  • Cultures of Darkness: Night Travels in the Histories of Transgression ( New York : Monthly Review, 2000). Palmer, Publications:  Canada's 1960's The ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
  • James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928 ( Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press, 2006).
  • Labouring Canada: Class, Gender, and Race in Canadian Working-Class History  edited collection (with Joan Sangster),(Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2008)
  • Canada’s 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Current Research:

Canada Research Chair and Editor of Labour/Le Travail , Professor Palmer is interested in the Canadian radical tradition, the study of the working class and social movements of opposition, and the relation of history and theory. His writing appears in Canadian and international journals, and has been translated into Chinese, Korean, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is currently engaged in a number of projects, completing his study of James P. Cannon and the American revolutionary left and continuing to work on his study of Upper Canada in the 1830s.


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Margaret StefflerProf. Margaret Steffler, leaning on cabinet, smiling.

Associate Professor (English)
B.A. (Victoria), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Office: Champlain College H25
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext 6015
E-mail: mstefflerATtrentu.ca

Research interests: Canadian fiction; Canadian women’s life-writing; Romanticism in Canadian literature; literary and cultural constructions of girlhood; postcolonial literature and theory


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Professor Molly BlythProf. Molly Blyth

Secretary: Jeannine Crowe, 748 1817

Email: mollyblythATtrentu.ca


Currently Teaching: on leave 2017-18

Degrees:  BA (Toronto) MA (York) PhD (Trent)

Research Interests:  Post-colonial theory, critical race theory, contemporary cultural production in Canada, Indigenous literature.

Recent Publications:

  • The History of Mary Prince and Ashton Werner: Two Slave Narratives. 1831, Transcribed by Susanna Strickland (Moodie), Eds. and Introduction Molly Blyth and Michael Peterman, Ottawa, Tecumseh Press, (Forthcoming)
  • "So, What’s a White Girl Like Me Doing in a Place Like This? Rethinking Cross-Cultural Teaching in a First Nations Context.” Resources for Feminist Research 33.3/4 (2008): 63-78.
  • "Two New World `Wilderness' Texts: Re-reading `The Writing that Conquers.’" The Journal of Canadian Studies 33.2 (Summer 1998): 97-106.

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Professor James OnuskoProf. James Onusko.  Department of Canadian Studies

Secretary:  Jeannine Crowe, 705 748 1817

Office: Kerr House
Email: jonuskoATtrentu.ca
Presently teaching: CAST 1100H FA17, CAST 2215H FA17, CAST 1103H WI18 CAST 2225H WI 18, CAST 4772H FA17 and 4th year seminar TBA WI18
Degrees: BA (Calgary), MA (Athabasca), PhD ( Trent)

Research Interests:

Histories of childhood, children and youth; 20 Century North American urban and suburban history; 20 Century Canadian social, cultural and political history

Current Research:
I have begun researching and writing my next monograph: “Canadian Kids in Motion: Play, Exercise and Fitness, 1900-2010.” This work focuses on the historical connections made between children’s physical, emotional and mental health, I aim to understand how these have impacted children and youth during the tumultuous long century between 1900 and 2010.

Recent Publications:

  • “Ontario’s Soldiers’ Aid Commission: 100 Years of Assistance to Veterans in Need, 1915-2015.” Toronto, ON: Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, forthcoming in September 2015.
  • “Boom Kids: Growing Up in the Calgary Suburbs, 1950-1970.” Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada Series, under review.


  • Answers, Blowing in the Wind: Interpreting Childhoods Through Oral Histories.” Journal for the History of Childhood and Youth 8.1: 1-8, forthcoming in winter 2015.
  • “Childhood in Calgary’s Suburbs: Kids, Bullets and Boom, 1950-65.” Urban History Review: 43.2  (Spring 2015): 26-37.
  • “Parody and Satire: Finding Meaning in Rick Mercer & the 2008 Federal Election.” American Review of Canadian Studies 41.2 (Spring 2011): 138-149.

Shaun Stevenson

Lecturer, Canadian Studies

BA, MA (McMaster), PhD (Carleton - Fall 2018)

Research interests: Settler colonial studies; Indigenous Studies; the politics of land and water rights; Canadian and Indigenous literatures; environmental literature; the ethics of community-based research; critical bioethics and Indigenous bioethics. 

Current Research: Considering waterways as legal persons and its relation to Indigenous water rights and legal orders.

Recent publications: 

“The River as a site of Ethical Encounter: Alan Michelson’s TwoRow II and Decolonizing Settler/Indigenous Hydrosocial Relations.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. Forthcoming.

“Sacred and Sacrificial Landscapes: Reading and Resisting Settler-Canadian Environmental Discourse in M.T. Kelly’s A Dream Like Mine and the Navigation Protection Act.” Canadian Literature. 228-229: Spring/Summer 2016. 53-71.  

Co-authored w/ Dallas Hunt. “Decolonizing Geographies of Power: Indigenous Digital Counter-Mapping Practices on Turtle Island.” Settler-Colonial Studies. June 27, 2016. 372-392.

“Toward a Narrative Ethics: Indigenous Community-Based Research, the Ethics of Narrative, and the Limits of Conventional Bioethics.” Qualitative Inquiry. 22(5): 2016. 365-376.


Prof. Christina Rousseau, School for the Study of Canada, Trent UProf. Christina Rousseau

Phone: 705 748 1817

Secretary: Jeannine Crowe, 705 748 1817

Email: christinarousseauATtrentu.ca

Currently Teaching: CAST 4551H FA 17

Research Interests:

Social reproduction and emotional labour; gender and work; the body; relationship between culture and identity formation; social movement organizing; Italian and Canadian feminist history.  

Recent Publications:

  •  (2015) “Wages Due Lesbians: Visibility and Feminist Organizing in 1970s Canada” in Gender, Work and Organization 22.4, pp. 364-374
  •  (2014) “Working in a Warming World: On Climate Change and Union Renewal with Carla Lipsig-Mummé” in Alternate Routes, pp. 283-292

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Prof. Lindsay Thistle   Lindsay Thistle

Phone:  705 748 1817

Secretary:  Jeannine Crowe, 748 1817

Email: lindsaythistleATtrentu.ca

Currently Teaching: CAST 2755H WI 18

Degrees: BA (Glendon Campus, York University), MA (University of Toronto), PhD (York University)

Research Interests:

Canadian history as a dramatic subject; plays about war; myth and identity in theatre, culture and performance; Canadian theatre history

Recent Publications:

  • “History vs. Hollingsworth: The Scenographic Subversion of Canadian History.” Scene 1.3      (2013): 405-414.
  • “Making Up History: Johnny Canuck from the Comic Page to the Dramatic Stage.” Exploring Canadian Identity/ies in Comics. Eds. Gail de Vos and Chris Reyns-Chikuma. Edmonton:    University of Alberta Press, 2015. In press.  
  • “Making Myth: Nationalist Celebrations of an Independent Canada.” Celebrating Canada: National Holidays, Commemoration and Identity Politics. Eds. Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake. Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2017. Chapter accepted for publication and submitted for peer review.


Current Research:

Canadian plays about the War on Terror; the CBC radio drama series, Afghanada; teaching Canadian Studies abroad; theatre and Canada’s 150th anniversary; cultural performances of the commemoration and remembrance of war

David Tough, Post Doctoral Fellow, Trent University

Prof. David Tough

E-mail: davidgtoughATtrentu.ca

Degrees: BA (Trent) MA (Trent) PhD (Carleton)

Currently Teaching:  CAST 1104H, CAST 3335H

Research Interests:

Canadian political history; rhetoric and political parties; income taxation and the welfare state; poverty and inequality; higher education; historiography and historical writing.

  • Recent publications:
    “‘At Last! The Government’s War on Poverty Explained:’ The Special Planning Secretariat, the Welfare State, and the Rhetoric of Poverty in the 1960s” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association Volume 25 #1 2015.
  • “A Better Truth: The Democratic Legacy of Resistance to Conscription in the First World War” in Worth Fighting For: Canada’s Tradition of War Resistance from 1812 to the War on Terror, ed. Lara Campbell, Michael Dawson, and Catherine Gidney (Between the Lines, 2015).
  • “‘The rich … should give to such an extent that it will hurt’: ‘Conscription of Wealth’ and Political Modernism in the Parliamentary Debate on the 1917 Income War Tax” Canadian Historical Review Volume 93 #3 September 2012.