Postdoctoral Fellows

Carling Beninger

Olive Dickason North American Indigenous History Postdoctoral Fellow - History and Classics, 2019-20

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Carter

My current research examines the post-World War Two period in which the Canadian Federal government sought to desegregate First Nations education by closing down residential schools and placing First Nations children in provincial or territorial schools in a process called school integration. During the school integration period, many First Nations students were unable to commute to the provincial and territorial schools. Often utilizing pre-existing residential school infrastructure, hostels were created to provide housing for the students and were operated by the churches or the federal government. Using a case study method of three hostels in Alberta, my research examines the role of the churches and federal government in running hostels and the experiences of the students who attended the facilities.

I received my PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. My manuscript, based on my PhD dissertation, 'From Assimilation to Reconciliation: The Evolving Indigenous-Church Relations of the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Churches of Canada, 1946-015,' is being revised for publication. From Fall 2018 to Spring 2019, I was the Visiting Assistant Professor in Indigenous History at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and during the summer of 2019 I was contract faculty in Canadian History at Douglas College. I have taught courses on Canadian, North American, and world Indigenous history and Canadian history.



Lisa Allette Brooks, PhD

Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and Dorothy Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Prize, Department of History, Classics, and Religion, 2023-2024

Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wujastyk

My work focuses on the history and practice of medicine and healing in first millennium South Asia and contemporary ayurvedic medicine in India, with a focus on gender and sexuality, the body, sensory knowledges, and human-animal interactions. My book project, Leech Trouble: Therapeutic Entanglements in More-Than-Human Medicines, is a historical and textual study of human-leech medicine in South Asia and a comparative ethnographic study of leech therapy in contemporary ayurvedic medicine and biomedicine. I am also working on a monograph based on my dissertation,Translating Touch in Āyurveda: Medicine, Sense, and Subjectivity in Early South Asia and Contemporary Kerala. My work has been published in the Asian Review of World Histories, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Asian Medicine and in the edited volume Fluid Matter(s) by ANU press (eds. Kuriyama and Köhle). I co-edited special issue of Asian Medicine, “Medicines and Memories in South Asia” 15.1 (2020) and am the South Asia book review editor for the journal Asian Medicine and reviews editor for History of Science in South Asia.

I completed my PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies at UC Berkeley with Designated Emphases in both Science and Technology Studies and in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. I also hold an MA in Religious Studies (South Asian Religions) from CU Boulder, an MA in African Studies from Yale University, and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. I have taught classes on the history of gender, sexuality, the body, and medicine in South Asia, religions of South Asia, early and medieval/modern South Asia, and undergraduate reading and composition classes. In my first career as a singer-songwriter (Allette Brooks), I released four full-length albums and toured nationally in the United States.


Antony Kalashnikov

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow - History and Classics 2019 - 2021

Supervisor: Dr. Heather Coleman

My research focuses on Soviet understanding of futurity. My doctoral project examined the Stalinist monument-building, which sought to ensure that the era would be remembered favourably by posterity, in perpetuity. It examined the effects of this goal on the style and form of Stalinist monumentalism, and analyzed the functions of this striving to "immortalize memory." My current project looks at regime censorship of 1950s and 1960s utopian science fiction novels. I hypothesize that the late Soviet regime sought to control and shape the shifting expectations of what the communist future would look like.

I hold a BA (Honours) from the University of Alberta, an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford. My Publications have appeared in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Nationality Papers, and Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History.

Will Langford

Postdoctoral Fellow - History and Classics, 2019 - 2021

Supervisor: Dr. James Muir

I am a historian of grassroots politics, social movements, and transnational connections. I hold a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of History and Classics in 2019-2021, advised by Dr. James Muir. My research explores how Canadians have organized, mobilized new ideas, and taken collective action to reshape politics at the popular level.

I received a PhD from Queen's University in 2017 and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University in 2017-2019. My dissertation, which I am revising for publication, is a political history of Canadian development programs in the 1960s and 1970s. Through four integrated case studies, I traced how reformers and radicals undertook participatory development initiatives they believed would empower the poor, both in Canada and abroad, to confront their own poverty and foster a more meaningful democracy.

At the University of Alberta, I am researching conservative movements in Western Canada. The region has a reputation for conservatism, though scholars have rarely looked much beyond political parties. Attention to social, economic, and cultural issues demonstrates that right-wing movements took varied and complex forms. Western Canadian conservative activists crafted views and objectives that were sometimes distinctive, and were at other times enmeshed in an international circulation of economic and moral ideas.

Will Pratt

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow - History and Classics, 2018 -

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Carter

My current research examines Treaty 7 First Nations as home fronts during the world wars. Responses to these conflicts from Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Stoney Nakoda, and Tsu T'ina (Sarcee) peoples were diverse and complex. I use family histories and pensions and disability files alongside other government records to expose connections between the home front and the fighting front, and examine the outcomes of First Nations soldiers once they returned to their reserves.

I received my doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2015, completing a dissertation on the medicalization of Canadian Army morale in the Second World World War. Since then, I worked for Parks Canada as a historian, and in 2017-18 I received an Associated Medical Services postdoctoral fellowship to study Albertan First World War veterans' mental health. I have published articles and books chapters on Canadian military history and Western Canadian history.

Patricia Sauthoff

Postdoctoral Fellow - History and Classics, 2018 -

Supervisor: Dr. Dagmar Wujastyk

I am an Indologist who specializes in medieval Saiva Tantra from a socio-historical perspective. At the University of Alberta I work as a postdoctoral fellow with the European Research Council-funded AyurYog project. Here I examine the alleviation of disease and immortality in ninth to fifteenth century Sanskrit literature and research the relationships bewteen rasaṡātra, tantra, and early yoga.

I received my PhD for SOAS in South Asian Languages and Literatures, MAs from SOAS in History and St. John's College in Eastern Classics, and BAs in Religious Studies and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I have taught courses on yoga, theory, Sanskrit, literature, religion, cross-disciplinary humanities, and journalism at Nalanda University in Bihar, India and the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico.