PhD (Dalhousie) 1990
Fridays 13:00 - 15:00 & By appointment
Since 1992, I have taught in the area of 20th-century Canadian social and gender history at McGill. I am especially interested in the intersection of values and society with individuals, the state, and place. These interests were pursued in Ideal Surrounding: Gender in a Working-Class Neighbourhood in the 1920s (1995) and At Odds: Gambling and Canadians, 1919-1969 (2003) and most recently in Wisdom, Justice and Charity: Canadian Social Welfare through the life of Jane B Wisdom, 1884-1975 (2014). They are also central to my current SSHRC-support project “Crustacean Nation: The Social Politics of the Dominion of Lobster in Canada, 1870-1970,” which combines the traditions of social history, political economy and social ecology. With Janet Guildford, I co-edited two collections that focus on women in the Atlantic region - Separate Spheres: Women’s Worlds in the 19th-Century Maritimes (1994, 1997, 2006) and Making Up the State: Women in 20th-Century Atlantic Canada (2010). A past co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review and I am presently co-editing Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region.
Canadian post-Confederation history, gender, Atlantic Canada