Elsbeth Heaman

Elsbeth  Heaman
Contact Information

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

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); Tax, Order, and Good Government: A New Political History of Canada, 1867-1917 (MQUP 2017); Civilization: From Enlightenment Philosophy to Canadian History (2022). My books try to write state formation, political economy, and social history more squarely into classic Canadian political history.

Graduate supervision: 

Canadian history, modern medical history.

Publication files: 
Back to top