shawn.mccutcheon [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Shawn McCutcheon) is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in History at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Jarrett Rudy. His thesis, « Of Honest Men and Deviants: Education and Masculine Selfhood in the Laurentian Valley, 1791-1840 », studies the construction of masculine selfhoods and sexualities in late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth-century Lower Canada, by comparing the role of Franco-Catholic and Anglo-Protestant institutions of secondary education. Shawn explores the impact of the cultural transformations experienced during the period on Laurentian education and on the masculine ideals promoted in schools for boys, conceived as spaces of social control.
Since 2013, Shawn also volunteers at the Archives Gaies du Québec / Quebec Gay Archives, located in Montreal and working to preserve the past of local LGBTQIA2S* communities. He also facilitated conferences and radio interviews on Homosexuality in Twentieth-century Quebec. His research interests include the transatlantic history of education, gender, sexuality, social control, and marginality