Elsbeth Heaman

Elsbeth  Heaman
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Department of History 855, rue Sherbrooke O
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext.094892
Email address: 
elsbeth.heaman [at] mcgill.ca
Ferrier, Rm 490

BA, MA (McGill University)
PhD (University of Toronto)

Specialization by time period: 
1800 - 1900
Specialization by geographical area: 
North America
Office hours: 

Thursdays 12:00 - 14:00

Students should email me to request a Zoom meeting


I work broadly on topics of social, political, and medical history. I studied at UVic, McGill, and the University of Toronto, and worked at Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London, and Queen’s University in Kingston before returning to McGill. Recent books are A Short History of the State in Canada (UTP 2015) and Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 (MQUP 2017). Both books write state formation, political economy, and social history more squarely into classic Canadian political history. TOGG explores tensions around the government of wealth and poverty from Confederation to the wartime income tax of 1917. It won the Canada Prize in the Humanities and Social Sciences of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and two prizes from the Canadian Historical Association: the Book Prize of the Political History Group and the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for Canadian History/ Governor General’s History Award for Scholarly Research. Currently, I am working on history and civilization, 1820-1870.

Graduate supervision: 

Canadian history, modern medical history.

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