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Mary Anne Poutanen


mary-anne.poutanen [at] (Mary Anne Poutanen) teaches interdisciplinary studies at McGill University in the Programme d’études sur le Québec and at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and part-time in the Department of History at Concordia University where she is an affiliate professor. She is also a member of the Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en études montréalaises at McGill. Mary Anne is the author of the book Beyond Brutal Passions: Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal, for which she received the Prix Lionel-Groulx by L’Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française in 2016. Her co-authored monograph with Roderick MacLeod, A Meeting of the People: School Boards and Protestant Communities in Quebec, 1801-1998, was the recipient of the Canadian History of Education Association’s 2006 Founder’s Prize and of the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) 2006 Book Award. A Meeting of the People was also short-listed for the 2004 Sir John A Macdonald Prize. Mary Anne is the research coordinator of the Montreal History Group a position funded by FQRSC. Her current research focuses on the history of women’s multiple roles in Montreal taverns and inns, a project titled “At the Bar: Women, Work, and the Regulation of Public Houses in Montreal, 1840-1880." 

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