Axis “Immigration, living conditions, and religion”

Mary Anne Poutanen

Mary Anne Poutanen

Axis Co-Director

Mary Anne Poutanen


Lecturer, Quebec Studies Program and Montreal History Group (McGill University)

Affiliate Professor and Part-time Faculty, Department of History (Concordia University)

Research interests

Quebec social history (19th century), criminal justice and gender, women and family history, and Protestant schooling


Contact information

3438, McTavish St.
Office 101,
Montréal, QC, H3A 0E4

mary-anne.poutanen [at] (> Email)

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Ongoing projects/Grants

  • FQRSC Grant (2021-2025). « Savoir et capital à Montréal, 1800-2000 » UQAM, Magda Fahrni (principal investigator), Montreal History Group (co-applicants).

  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2020-2024) “Public Houses and Hidden Networks of Sociability in Mid-19th-Century Montreal” Concordia University, Mary Anne Poutanen (principal investigator) and Sherry Olson (co-applicant).


Selected publications

“Townships Women Go Off to School: Teaching Diplomas, Career Ambitions, and the McGill Normal School, 1857-1865” co-authored with Roderick MacLeod in Cheryl Gosselin, Andrew Holman, and Christopher Kirkey, (eds) Quebec’s Eastern Townships and the World: A Region and Its Global Identities (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press) [Accepted]

“Intimacies in the Neighbourhood: Revisiting Sex Commerce, Families, and Criminal Court Records in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal” in Peter Gossage and Lisa Moore (eds), Family and Justice in the Archives: Histories of Intimacy in Transnational Perspective (Montréal: University of Concordia Press) [Accepted].

“Searching for Intimacies Beyond the Notman Photographs: A Case Study of Amy Redpath” co-authored with Elizabeth Kirkland in Dimitry Anastakis, Elizabeth Kirkland and Donald Nerbas (eds) Colonial Metropole: The Making and Transformation of Montreal’s Square Mile (Toronto: University of Toronto Press) [Forthcoming].

“Petty Theft in the City: Women and Everyday Justice in the Montreal Archives, 1768-1841” in Ian C. Pilarczyk, Angela Fernandez, and Brian Young (eds) Law, Life, and the Teaching of Legal History: Essays in Honour of G. Blaine Baker (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022): 338-381.

“Public houses and hidden networks: Roles of women in mid-nineteenth-century Montreal” co-authored with Sherry Olson in Dag Linstrom and Jon Stobart (eds) Micro-geographies of the Western City (London and New York: Routledge, 2021): 161-180.

Une histoire sociale de la prostitution : Montréal, 1800-1850. Traduction par Hélène Paré. (Montréal: Les Éditions du Remue-Ménage, 2021).

« Les femmes du marché Sainte-Anne » coécrit avec Sherry Olson dans Montréal Capitale : L’exceptionnelle histoire du site archéologique du marché Sainte-Anne et du parlement de la province du Canada (Montréal : Les Éditions de l’Homme, 2021) : 74-79.

Mary Anne Poutanen et Sherry Olson. « Shelter from the Hurry? Hospitality in Montreal, 1836-1913 », dans Richard Denis, Deryck Holdsworth et Philip MacIntosh (dir.), Architectures of Hurry - Mobilities and Modernity in Urban Environments. Londres, New York, Routledge, 2018.

Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino, et Mary Anne Poutanen (dir) Engaging with Diversity: Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec. Brussels, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2018.

Mary Anne Poutanen et Jason Gilliland. "Mapping Work in Early Twentieth-Century Montreal: A Rabbi, A Neighbourhood, and A Community" Urban History Review / Revue d'histoire urbaine. 11:2 (Spring, 2017) p. 7-24.

Mary Anne Poutanen, Karen Herland et Mathieu Lapointe. « Muffled Voices: Sex Work in Montreal from the Past to the Present », dans Annick Germain, Valérie Amiraux et Julie-Anne Boudreau (dir.), Vivre ensemble à Montréal : épreuves et convivialités, Montréal, Atelier 10, 2017.

Mary Anne Poutanen. "Due Attention Has Been Paid to All Rules: Women, Tavern Licences, and Social Regulation in Montreal, 1840-1860" Histoire Sociale / Social History. L:101 (May 2017) p. 43-68.

Mary Anne Poutanen. Beyond Brutal Passions, Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal, Montréal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, coll. « Études d’histoire du Québec », 2015.

Roderick MacLeod et Mary Anne Poutanen. « Little Fists for Social Justice », Labour / Le Travail, vol. LXX, 2012, p. 61-100.

Roderick MacLeod et Mary Anne Poutanen. « “Proper Objects of this Institution”: Working Families, Children and the British & Canadian School in Nineteeth-Century Montreal », Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, vol. XXII, n° 2, automne 2008, p. 22-54.

Roderick MacLeod et Mary Anne Poutanen. A Meeting of the People. School Boards and Protestant Communities in Quebec, 1801-1998, Montréal, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004.

Tamara Myers, Kate Boyer, Mary Anne Poutanen et Steven Watt. Power, Place and Identity. Historical Studies of Social and Legal Regulation in Quebec, Montréal, Groupe d’histoire de Montréal, 1998.

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