PhD Student Profiles


Tyler Yank

Tyler Yank began the doctoral program in 2013, supervised by Dr. Gwyn Campbell with the Indian Ocean World Centre.  Tyler is greatly interested in the Indian Ocean slave trade and all of the actors unique to it: African peoples, Omani sultans, Persian traders, European imperial agents and British Royal Navy sailors. For her dissertation, Tyler hopes to build a more complete portrait of enslaved African women in Mauritius, and the environmental, economic and socio-cultural trends that shaped the slave trade and Britain’s abolitionist (and colonial) activities in the early and mid-nineteenth century on the island. In a broader sense, her fields of historical study include pre-colonial & colonial Africa (with a focus on East Africa & Indian Ocean Africa), British Empire and domestic Britain in the long-nineteenth century.

She holds a Master of Arts in History (2013) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Mass Communication (2008) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Between degrees, Tyler worked in media and online publishing with CBC Ottawa and Concordia University, Montreal - she still dabbles in personal and online writing projects of the non-academic variety. She also worked in Cork, Ireland from 2008-2009, where she developed a real and enduring taste for travel and soda bread.


Ancient History

Wentian Fu

Wentian Fu is born in Manchuria, or Northeastern China. He began his doctoral study at McGill in 2015, under the co-supervision of Professor Hans Beck and Professor Griet Vankeerberghen. He studied English-Chinese bidirectional translation at Dalian University of Foreign Languages and got his BA in Literature in 2012. After studying ancient world history for three years, he received a MA in History from Nankai University, Tianjin, China in 2015. His current research is on the globalization and globalism in the ancient worlds of Rome and Qin-Han China with a specific exploration of the cultural diversity and its political and ideological representations. His personal interests also include contemporary politics, classical Chinese philology and literature, Chinese calligraphy, tennis and Chinese cuisine.
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Chandra Giroux

I started my doctoral program in Ancient History in 2016 under the supervision of Hans Beck. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Studies from the University of Ottawa (2009), a Master’s in Greek and Roman Archaeology from Newcastle University (2010), and a Master’s in Classical Studies from the University of Ottawa (2016). In my Master’s in Greek and Roman Archaeology, I investigated the identification of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis of Athens in my dissertation The Erechtheion? A search for the Erechtheion of Pausanias, under the guidance of Antony Spawforth. To complement this, I completed a Master’s thesis at the University of Ottawa with a literary focus, namely, Morality in Plutarch’s “Life of Cimon”. These two Master’s degrees provided me with the archaeological and literary methodology required for my proposed PhD project.

My thesis, Plutarch’s Chaeronea: the local horizon of world empire, explores Plutarch’s everyday lived experience. Specifically, it seeks to understand the local, regional, and global aspects of Plutarch’s world and how these shine through his two great writings, The Parallel Lives and the Moralia. My project will enable Plutarch’s world to engage with the conversation between Hans Beck’s notion of localism and Irad Malkin’s theory of network connectivity.

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Carleigh Nicholls

Carleigh Nicholls started her doctoral studies at McGill University in 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Brian Cowan. She holds a Master’s degree in History from McGill (2014), and a Bachelor’s degree in History (Honours) and Medieval Studies from the University of Victoria (2013). For her previous graduate research, she examined the polemics surrounding religious toleration during the reign of King James II and VII. Her general research interests include politics, religion, and the law in Stuart Britain, with a particular focus on Restoration Scotland.

Stephan Pigeon

Stephan Pigeon started his doctoral studies at McGill University in 2013, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Elbourne and Dr. Jason Opal. He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Windsor (2013) and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in History & Women’s Studies (with distinction) (2011) also from the University of Windsor. Stephan’s research focuses on the history of the book and culture of the printed word in Britain, Ireland, and the United States with attention towards the 19th-century periodical press. His dissertation examines journalistic labour and the history of reading to understand how texts change in shape and meaning when editors redeploy old texts as new in different local, provincial, and national contexts. His research interests include the Victorian periodical press, new journalism, copyright law, piracy, and data aggregation in new media.  
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Raminder Saini

I am a PhD candidate studying British history at McGill University. I began the doctoral program in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Elbourne. I hold a Master of Arts in History (2012) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History with a minor in Political Science (2010) from the University of British Columbia in Kelowna.

My dissertation is on the visible presence of empire in the metropole through a study of stranded and destitute South Asians—such as lascars, petitioners, and servants—in Britain from the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century. In particular, I am exploring the challenges and complexities that arose when Britons tried to aid impoverished Indians.  Two important institutes that frame my project are the India Office and the Strangers’ Home for Asiatics, Africans, and South Sea Islanders. I am interested in how British imperial policy played out within Britain, Victorian attitudes towards the South Asian poor, and questions of race, class, and imperial citizenship and subjecthood. My fields of study and broader interest include the intellectual history of liberalism, late modern Europe since c.1750, and British political and social history in the long nineteenth century.
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Michael (Max) Hamon

In the overlapping fields of Canadian and British Imperialist history, I study the deceptive harmony of the nation-empire relationship.  My PhD project queries the life of Louis Riel, the leader of Métis resistance to Canadian colonisation. My work explores: 1) Riel’s intellectual and material life at a college in Montreal; 2) the legal and political context he, as a British subject, acknowledged in the Northwest; and 3) the political and cultural significance of the Canadian-US borderlands for the resistance.

I began my doctoral work in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Elsbeth Heaman and Dr. Elizabeth Elbourne. I hold a Master in Arts from Central European University, Budapest, and a Master in Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  

Previously, I have taught courses for the Aga Khan Humanities Project in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, and at the University of Prince Edward Island.  In 2013-2014, I was the Max Stern Fellow at the McCord Museum. For 2014-2015, I have received awards and fellowships from the McCord Museum and the Institute for Public Life of Arts and Ideas; Media@McGill; and the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.  However, my academic interests seem fleeting beside the persistent joy I derive from my wife and three ‘little’ interests who take me beyond my books.

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Alexandra Ketchum

Alex Ketchum is a doctoral student who focuses on the history of feminist restaurants and cafes in the United States and Canada from the late 1960s through the 1980s. She is particularly interested in how these restaurants asserted feminism within businesses that dealt with food and kitchens (which are often labeled as "traditional" places for women). Furthermore her work explores how these restaurants and cafes fostered community building and activism, while shaping and re-shaping woman space and women’s spaces. Her research integrates food, environmental, and gender history. She currently works under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Morton.  

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Alex completed her MA at McGill University in the Department of History and Classical Studies with the Option in Women and Gender Studies, under the direction of Dr. Jarrett Rudy. At Wesleyan University, where she received her BA Honors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Alex was the co-manager of Long Lane Organic Farm. In 2009, she founded Farm House, a living community in for fifteen students dedicated to food politics work, which continues today in Middletown, Connecticut.

Alex is the co-founder and editor of the Historical Cooking Project, a bilingual organization dedicated to meeting once a month to cook recipes from a chosen cookbook using the culinary techniques of the same time period as the book’s original publication. To see the blog, go to:
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Daniel Simeone

In the area of 19th century Canadian and Quebec history, Daniel explores the concept of bankruptcy in 1840-1900 Montreal. At the intersection of economic, social, intellectual, and cultural history, bankrtupcy helps to bring out the links between the morality of contractual relations, the material reality of merchants, and the process and application of law during the period of the construction of the regulatory state.

Daniel begun his doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Morton in 2010, after having received the masters degree, at McGill,under the direction of Dr. Jarrett Rudy. He holds a  masters of mathematics from McGill, and has a background in Computer Science and Theatre Studies.

Dans le domaine de l'histoire du 19e siècle canadien et québécois, Daniel explore le concept de la faillite à Montréal entre 1840 et 1900. La faillite se trouve à l'intersection de l'histoire économique, sociale, intellectuelle et culturelle. Les liens entre la moralité des relations contractuelles, la réalité matérielle des petits commerçants, et le processus de l'application des loi pendant la construction du pouvoir d’État font partie d'une histoire riche à découvrir.

Daniel a commencé ses études  doctorale sous la direction de  Dre Suzanne Morton en 2010, après l'obtention d'une maîtrise, à McGill, sous la direction de Dr Jarrett Rudy. Il détient une maîtrise en mathématiques de l'université McGill, et a également un background en informatique et en art dramatique.
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Ka Ki Alan Ho

Born and brought up in a normal family in Hong Kong, Ka Ki Alan Ho mainly received Cantonese mother-tongue education until being admitted to the New Asia College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He picked up English, Putonghua and Japanese since then through a rocky and windy road. Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts with 1st class honor and a Master of Philosophy with history major from CUHK.

He is now a visiting scholar at Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica. In the past years, he gave paper presentations on his research on the Silk Routes and the Eastern Han frontier history during the 1st century CE in several regional conferences in Canada, U.S., Japan and Hong Kong. He also participated in several graduate conferences in McGill as well as Harvard.

Outside academic, Alan holds several international credentials. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP®) of the Project Management Institute, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Associate™ of the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Financial Advisor’s International Qualification holder.

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Wenyi Huang

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University under the supervision of Professor Griet Vankeerberghen. Prior to coming to McGill’s PhD program in fall 2011, I received my M.A. in Chinese Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. I was trained in Chinese philosophy, paleography, historical phonetics, classics and literature. After graduation, I worked as an editor for one year at Eslite Reader Magazine and for five years on a research project on Taiwanese opera at Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

In 2012, I completed my comprehensive fields in Chinese History (500 BCE-500 CE), Early Roman History and Historical Archaeology. My dissertation investigates the roles of cross-border migrants in shaping inter-state relations in early medieval China.  This doctoral project has been awarded the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year. My current research interests include Chinese frontier history, religious history of pre-modern China, epistolary culture and, more broadly, migration and mobility in the ancient world. For further information on my research, please visit my page on

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Ira Hubert

My fields of interest in McGill’s doctoral program, begun in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Lorenz Lüthi, are 20th century international relations (with an emphasis on the post-1945 period), modern Chinese history, and modern Middle East history.  Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I earned my honours B.A. in political science and M.A. in Islamic & Near Eastern studies from Washington University in St. Louis.  I then spent three years in Washington, D.C. writing on international security issues for the U.S. Department of Justice, followed by a year of independent study based in Guilin and Beijing, China.

My dissertation research will focus on variation and change in China’s diplomatic engagement with the countries of the Arab Middle East during the Cold War years.  Seeking to contribute to new narratives concerning Sino-Arab state relations, some of my related mid-20th century interests include international cooperation against perceived ideological threats (from both Western and ‘nonaligned’ perspectives); anti- and post-colonial nationalisms; and cultural diplomacy.  Tangentially, I am also interested in historiographical efforts to situate events of political and social upheaval in post-1945 America in international context.
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Qian Zhang

I was born in Ningbo, China, one of the earliest treaty ports opened by the British after the First Opium War (1839-1942). In 2004, the British came again. This time they merely opened an overseas campus: the University of Nottingham at Ningbo. The university required all of its Chinese students to have an English name. Making the most of this Western attempt to modify my oriental identity, I selected Napoleon, once the archenemy of the British. In spite of my rebellious nature, I managed to earn my Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in International Studies there in 2008, followed by a first-class Master’s Degree in International Relations and World History in 2011. 

Under the supervision of Professor Lorenz Luthi, I am currently engaging in three fields of study at McGill: 20th Century International Relations with emphasis on the post-1945 period, 20th Century Chinese History, and the Political/Intellectual History of the Global South. I have a general interest in China’s interactions with its neighboring countries, particularly those it has confronted on the battlefield. My research for my doctoral dissertation will center on the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict, with reference to its origins, development, and consequences. That short war is fascinating because it constitutes a historical wedge that divided China and India, two of the continent’s largest countries, leading once close friends to construct one of the most militarized borders in the world. I hope an inquiry into this shared past can shed light on the way ahead for the two countries.
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Continental Europe

Eleanor Coulter

Eleanor Coulter began her doctoral studies at McGill in 2014, under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Dew. She received a Master’s degree in History from McGill University (2014) and a Bachelor’s degree in French and Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Saskatchewan (2013). Her current research focuses on cartography and empire in early modern France, although her broader interests include the French Atlantic World, Digital Humanities, Public History and the Theory and History of Cartography.

Andrew Dial

Andrew Dial possesses a BA in History from Indiana Wesleyan University and an MA in History from Miami University.  His MA thesis examined the eighteenth-century French trade in consumer goods from Marseille and Bordeaux to Martinique and Saint Domingue.   He began his doctoral work in 2012 under the combined supervision of Allan Greer and Kate Desbarats.  His dissertation examines the intricate relationship between the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the emerging capitalism of the eighteenth-century French Atlantic using the “Lavalette Affaire”, a financial scandal centered on a Jesuit plantation in Martinique.  Of particular interest are the role of credit as a social and financial instrument, the Jesuits’ treatment of African slaves, and the changing conceptions of “commerce” within counter-reform Catholicism. 

Beyond his dissertation, his research interests include examining the Sèvres porcelain factory as a state run enterprise and using GIS to recreate a geography of Seven Years War privateering.  More broadly, he is interested in the Atlantic world’s dazzling displays of interconnectedness and diversity.  His comprehensive exam fields included Colonial North America, the French Atlantic, and the French Caribbean.

Anna Dysert

Anna Dysert is a doctoral student in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Faith Wallis. She holds a BA in Classics (McGill), an MA in Medieval Studies (Toronto), and an MLIS in Archives (McGill). She specializes in manuscript studies and the history of the book with particular attention to the production and transmission of scientific and medical texts. Anna is also involved with digital humanities initiatives, including digitization and electronic editing of medieval manuscripts. She is interested in the physical attributes of the manuscript book and will pursue her work in codicology and paleography as the 2010-2011 recipient of the Newberry Library/Ecole nationale des chartes Exchange Fellowship in Paris. In addition to her studies, she has experience working in archives and rare books cataloguing. Outside the university, she is an active musician and an amateur printer on an old iron handpress.
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Isabel Harvey

Isabel Harvey est candidate au doctorat à l’Université McGill sous la direction de Prof. Paula Clarke. Sa thèse porte sur l’étude des processus discursifs et des mécanismes de transmission, de traduction et de représentation entourant la diffusion normalisatrice et la littérature spirituelle et mystique ayant pour objet le corps des religieuses. Sous-produit du Concile de Trente, la première époque moderne voit fleurir un corpus de textes abordant la question du corps féminin consacré, une littérature qui s’adresse ou provient de femmes qui ne devraient pas avoir de corps. Qu’est-ce que ces textes nous disent, à la fois sur la réalité de la vie dans les couvents féminins à l’époque moderne, mais plus encore sur la diffusion et la transformation des discours à travers des réseaux autant ecclésiastiques que laïques, ou à l’intérieur même d’une maison religieuse ? L’enquête porte sur les Bénédictines, Carmélites, Ursulines et Visitandines françaises, espagnoles et italiennes de la première époque moderne. Après un passage par l’Università di Bologna en Italie, les recherches d’Isabel Harvey l’ont mené à Paris, où elle a obtenu un Master en Sciences Sociales, mention Histoire et Civilisation, de l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.

Isabel Harvey is a PhD candidate at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Paula Clarke. Her thesis examines the discursive processes and the mechanisms of transmission, translation and representation used in the dissemination of literature, spiritual and mystic, on the body of nuns. A by-product of the Council of Trent, the early modern period saw a flourishing of texts seeking to explain, describe and rule the consecrated female body, a literature which is addressed to or comes from women who should not have body. What do these texts tell us about the reality of life in early modern convents, on the one hand, and about the dissemination and transformation of discourses through both ecclesiastical and secular networks, or inside a religious house, on the other? Ms Harvey’s research covers the French, Spanish and Italian Benedictines, Carmelites, Ursulines, and Visitandines. She holds a BA from the Université de Montréal, which includes studies at the Università di Bologna in Italy. She also holds an MA from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
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Ruxandra Petrinca

Ruxandra Iuliana Petrinca holds a LL.B and an M.A. in Canadian Studies from the University of Bucharest. After her arrival in Montreal in 2006, Ruxandra pursued a double specialization B.A. in English and History, and an M.A. in History at Concordia University. Ruxandra is now pursuing a doctoral program at McGill University working under the joint supervision of Prof. Catherine LeGrand and Prof. Lavinia Stan (St. Francis Xavier University). She is interested in manifestations of dissent and resistance in Communist states. Her current research examines the evolution and social transformation of the Romanian communities of 2 Mai and Vama Veche as alternative cultural spaces inside an authoritarian regime. Ruxandra’s other research interests include public memory, propaganda and the role of intellectuals in shaping the transition to democracy in former Communist states.

Ruxandra Iuliana Petrinca est titulaire d’une licence en droit et d’une maîtrise en études canadiennes à l’Université de Bucarest. Après son arrivée à Montréal en 2006, Ruxandra a complété une double licence en anglais et histoire, ainsi qu’une maîtrise à l’Université Concordia. Présentement, Ruxandra poursuit son doctorat à l’Université McGill sous la supervision de prof. Catherine LeGrand et prof. Lavinia Stan (St. Francis Xavier University). Elle s’intéresse aux manifestations de dissidence et de résistance dans les états communistes. Sa recherché examine l’évolution et la transformation sociale des communautés roumaines du 2 Mai et Vama Veche comme espace culturel alternatif au sein d’un régime autoritaire. D’autres champs d’intérêts pour Ruxandra incluent la mémoire collective, la propagande et le rôle des intellectuels dans la transition démocratique des ex-pays communistes.






Latin America


Geoffrey Wallace


My research focuses on early colonial Mexico and Central America. I hold an Honours Degree in history from the University of Alberta and a Master’s Degree in history from the University of Toronto. At present, I am a doctoral student at McGill, supervised by Professor Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert. My dissertation concentrates on the environmental history of the Yucatán peninsula in the early colonial period.  I have taught courses on colonial Latin American history at McGill University and the University of Ottawa.
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Middle East

Hussam R. Ahmed

Hussam is a doctoral candidate studying modern Middle Eastern History at McGill University. Funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, he is currently writing his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Laila Parsons.

Using the life and works of the Egyptian intellectual and educator, Taha Hussein (1889-1973), Hussam’s thesis looks at the transformations that occurred in education and culture in Egypt during the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Reading Taha Hussein’s debates and published ideas against his actions as a statesman and policymaker, Hussam’s work examines Taha Hussein’s educational policies, how he and his generation responded to the challenges facing a nominally-independent Egyptian state and how they negotiated these policies in the public sphere.

Hussam holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from McGill University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo. He wrote his M.A. thesis on the history of the Syro-Lebanese community of Egypt (the Shawam) in which he explored the prominence of the community in Egypt’s vibrant francophone literary and artistic circles prior to the Suez crisis in 1956. His work situated the community’s wholesale adoption of the French language within the wider context of the Egyptian francophonie and the French schooling system in Egypt.


See also Ira Hubert in China.


Medical History


Rebecca Stieva

Rebecca Stieva is a second-year PhD candidate in History at McGill, specializing in the history of medicine under Professor David Wright. Her research focuses on the intersection between epidemic diseases, public health intervention, and urban environments. Specifically, her thesis maps cholera mortality across three epidemics in London, England (1848, 1854, and 1866) and analyzes the influence of public health initiatives in relation to the progression of the epidemic. Though her research is historic in nature, the conclusions it draws offer the possibility of informing current public health practices surrounding epidemic cholera in urban centres. Rebecca’s research aims to contribute to building a stronger network between the history of medicine and its place in modern-day public health policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick (2014) and a Master of Science in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Oxford (2016).

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Cynthia Tang

Cynthia Tang is a PhD Candidate in the History of Medicine in the Departments of Social Studies of Medicine and History and Classical Studies. She has an interest in understanding the social and political mechanisms that facilitate the spread and acceptance of medical knowledge and technologies. Her doctoral research, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Schlich, examines the development and rise of minimally invasive gallbladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Cynthia is also interested in the history of vaccination as a technology and the history of anti-vaccination movements. Her broader interests include Science and Technology Studies, and Public History. Cynthia has a background in molecular biology and immunology, but now confines her inclination towards experimentation to the kitchen.

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South Asia

Sukhjit Chohan

Sukhjit entered the Ph.D program in 2015 under the co-supervision of Dr. Subho Basu and Dr. Lorenz Lüthi and is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship. He was previously awarded a B.A and M.A in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University.

Sukhjit's dissertation considers India's annexation of Goa in 1961 as a convergence of decolonization and the Cold War. He hopes to contribute to understanding the Cold War as a truly global conflict involving sovereign state actors in the developing world. He seeks to reveal how these actors complicated the Cold War balance of power as they advanced multi-faceted domestic and foreign policies motivated by a variety of factors both pragmatic and ideological. More broadly, Sukhjit's research interests include globalization, the history of Christianity, and the spread of non-violent resistance.

Urvi Desai

Urvi Desai is a doctoral student at McGill University under the direction of Professor Subho Basu and is funded by the Peter Cundill Fellowship in History.

Her research interests surround the construction of gender roles within the family in modern India, with a focus on middle-class, late colonial Gujarat.

She completed her BA at the University of Mumbai, India, where she lived and worked. She completed her MA in international history from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva. She studied public policy at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

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Joseph Howard

Joseph completed his BA in History with a minor in English Literature at Seattle Pacific University in 2007. In 2010, he was awarded an MA in History from the University at Buffalo, where he wrote an MA project entitled “Half-Brothers in Christ: Catholicism and Native Clergy in China.” Continuing the study of Christianity in Asia, he then completed an MA thesis at Simon Fraser University in 2014, “Half-Brothers in Christ: The Church Missionary Society and the Christians of Kerala, 1813-1840,” which examined the CMS mission to the St. Thomas Christians in Kottayam, south India.

In 2016, Joseph joined the doctoral program in History at McGill, studying in the Indian Ocean World Centre under the supervision of Gwyn Campbell. His PhD dissertation will build on his MA research, investigating interactions between conversionist British Protestant Christianity and established Oriental Orthodox churches in the Indian Ocean region, especially the Malankara Church in southern India, the Syriac Orthodox Church, and the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. His research interests include the history of Christianity, religion & empire, and comparative imperialism.

Outside of academia, Joseph spends as much time as he can with his daughter.

Jessica Rose

I am a doctoral student studying the history of modern India under the direction of Professor Subho Basu. My dissertation will focus on the social texts of dockworkers and lascars moving through the port of colonial Bombay. I am tracing labour migration from the interior of Maharashtra, through the cosmopolitan space of the city, and along the shipping routes to cities in the Indian Ocean and my research questions centre around conceptions of space and territoriality that challenge colonial and nationalist boundaries of modern India. My comprehensive exams include modern India, history of the Indian Ocean, and postcolonial theory and Marxism. More broadly, I am interested in labour and economic history, linguistics, geography, gender and queer theory, and finally figuring out what a rhizome is. 

Prior to graduate study, I was a labour organiser in New York City. I received my MA in South Asian Studies from Columbia University and my BA in History from New College of Florida.  When not in Montreal, I can usually be found at one of the American Institute of Indian Studies centres trying to learn a new language. 


United States

See Alexandra Ketchum in Canada.