Jodey Nurse

Jodey Nurse
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Dr. Jodey Nurse is a faculty lecturer at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University. Previously, she was a research assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo and a past L.R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University. Her current research focuses on the history of Canada's supply-managed dairy, egg, and poultry industries.

Nurse has authored many scholarly articles on the topic, and a central feature of her research is an examination of the asymmetrical power relations that exist among stakeholders in agricultural marketing systems and the polarized agricultural policies that have emerged in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Nurse also studies and writes about women in agricultural organizations and rural society more generally. Her first monograph, Cultivating Community: Women and Agricultural Fairs in Ontario, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2022, followed by the publication of her second book, The Farm Products Council of Canada, 1972–2022: A History.

Selected publications: 


Cultivating Community: Women and Agricultural Fairs in Ontario (Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022)

The Farm Products Council of Canada, 1972–2022: A History (Altona, MB: Friesen Press, 2022)


“A Crisis in National Unity?: The Chicken and Egg War, 1970–1971,” co-authored with Bruce Muirhead, Journal of Canadian Studies 56, no. 1 (Winter 2022).

“Canada’s Rotten Egg Scandal: The Politics of Food in the 1970s,” Histoire Sociale/Social History 54, no. 111 (2021): 385–405.

“The Long Road to Stability: Egg Farmers in Canada and Fair Farm Pricing,” co-authored with Bruce Muirhead, Agricultural History Review 68, no. 2 (2020): 286–306.

“Regulating the Old Orders: The Ontario Milk Marketing Board and Old Order Mennonites and Amish,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 37, no. 1 (June 2019): 267–84.

“Sustainability in the Canadian Egg Industry – Learning from the Past, Navigating the Present, Planning for the Future,” co-authored with Nathan Pelletier, Maurice Doyon, Bruce Muirhead, Tina Widowski, and Michelle Hunniford. Sustainability 10, no. 10 (2018): 3524 (24 pages).

“Milk is Milk”: Marketing Milk in Ontario and the Origins of Supply Management,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 28, no. 1 (2018): 127–56.

“A Fair Ribbon Quilt: Crafting Identity and Creating Memory,” Agricultural History 92, no. 2 (Spring 2018): 227–43.


Histoire sociale/Social history, vol. 54, no. 111 (2021): Special Issue: “Agriculture, Food, and Fuel Markets in Canada, 1860s–1990s”

  • Guest editor and co-author of special issue introduction, Ben Bradley and Jodey Nurse, “Agricultural, Food, and Fuel Markets from the Perspective of Social History,” 243–59; “Marchés de l’agriculture, de l’alimentation et des combustibles du point de vue de l’histoire sociale,” 251–59.

Agricultural History, vol. 92, no. 2 (Spring 2018): Special Issue: “Artifacts in Agraria”

  • Guest editor and co-author of special issue introduction, Catharine Anne Wilson and Jodey Nurse, “Artifacts in Agraria: Introduction,” 148–50.


“Canadian Supply Management as a Bulwark against Financialization,” co-authored with Bruce Muirhead in The Financialization of Agriculture: Contested Transformations, edited by Hilde Bjørkhaug, André Magnan, and Geoffrey Lawrence, 244–60 (London and New York: Routledge, 2018).

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