History and Classics

Post Doctoral Fellows/Graduate Students

 

Welcome to Dr. Will Pratt, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Will Pratt
Post Doc - History and Classics
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 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 book chapters on Canadian military history and Western Canadian history.

   

Abubakar Abdulkadir
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Vanier Scholar
Supervisor: Dr. Anne McDougall

Title: 'The Land of a Million Poets’: Mauritania, Islamic Intellectual History and Poetic Scholarship

The project is on West African Islamic intellectual and artistic history: the tradition of Arabic poetry, that embodied and popularized the ideals and doctrines of great West African Islamic scholars and reformers with a specific focus on Mauritania, known as balad milyūn shāʿir (land of million poets).

 

Shona Allison
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. David Marples

 

Ke-Xin Au Yong
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Drs Jennifer Jay & Robert Smith

Title: China's First Mathematics Textbooks - The Ten Mathematical Classics

My project focuses on the set of mathematics textbooks used in the Chinese imperial academy during the Sui, Tang, and Northern Song dynasties. I will investigate their contents and reception while I explore the question of what constituted appropriate education for scholars who aspired to join the civil service at the time (6th to 12th century).

 

Christian Basar
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. David Marples

 

Larysa Bilous
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Coleman

Title: Jews in Wartime Urban Space: Ethnic Mobilization and the Formation of a New Political Identity in Kyiv, 1914-1918

My research will analyze the life of Kyivan Jewish community, its social, political, and cultural transformations during the war. Project reveals the assumptions and ideas which derived from the war experience of the Jewish population.  I seek to trace the changes in the people’s outlook, connected to the cultural impact of the war, which broke traditions and prompted Jewish modernity.

 

Samantha Blais
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Liza Piper

 

Michael Boire
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Gerhard Ens

 

Mark Bretherton
Master of Arts - Ancient Societies and Culture
Supervisor: Dr. Jeremy Rossiter

 

Gino Canlas
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma

Title: The Distribution, Development, and Peculiarities of Thessalian Places of Worship (800 BC - AD 100)

Although Greek sanctuaries have enjoyed plenty of scholarly attention, sanctuaries in the northern Greek region of Thessaly have not. Thessalian sanctuaries were very different from sanctuaries in the rest of Greece. Monumental temples appear less often but other types of religious expression (e.g. domestic shrines, sacred groves, open-air sanctuaries) were more common. My research examines how public and private places of worship in Thessaly interacted with their physical and social landscape in order to shed light on the communities and socio-political structures that created them.

 

Xin Chen
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Dunch

 

Adrian Christ
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Lemire

Title: Alternative Luxury Networks: The Baltic Amber Trade in the Early Modern Period

My principal field of study is early modern European history, with an emphasis on global connections, commerce and material culture. Another major research interest is cartography, which was the focus of my undergraduate thesis on early modern Dutch maps of Hungary. My current research aims to trace the early modern trade in Baltic amber.

 

Kate Fenton
Doctor of Philosopy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: The Aphrodite of Aphrodisias: Negotiating Meaning in the New Cult Image

I am interested in the visual language of art produced in the Augustan age, in which social and political influences were propagated non-verbally. My doctoral research project examines how the cult image of the Aphrodite of Aphrodisias underwent a deliberate redefinition and conscious redesigning in the early Imperial period and how this cult image may have functioned to express Augustan ideas of social and political change.

 

 

John Fontaine
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Title: French-Catholic Settlement and Cultural Imperialism in Western Canada, 1870-1930

My research project will examine the origins of French-Catholic immigration to the prairies, the motivations of the migrants, and their settlement patterns. It will also analyze the ways in which these French-Catholic groups constructed identities and communities. Specifically, I will probe the settlement of these groups and their interaction with existing French Métis communities, and the ways in which these communities were transformed in the building years of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century.

 

Crystal Fraser
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Co-Supervisors: Dr David Mills & Dr. Nancy Van Styvendale (Faculty of Native Studies)

Title: ‘Making Them Into Nice White Kids’: Residential Institutions, Education, and Indigenous Resistance in the Inuvik Region, Northwest Territories, 1950s to 1996

My research analyzes educational policies, student experiences, and Indigenous resistance at twentieth-century residential schools and hostels in the Inuvik Region. Though destructive and oppressive institutions, I explore how Indigenous people actively reshaped the system according to their own understandings about what a proper education should entail. Incorporating insights into power, gender, and race offered post-colonial theory, I map out a discussion of Indigenous-state relations in a region that was experiencing rapid, but contested change. I argue that while state policies of assimilation continued in the Northwest Territories into the late twentieth century, northerners intervened in unprecedented ways that allowed them influence over colonial policy and the opportunity to express their Indigeneity and foster systemic change.

 

Kathryn Furtado
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Dr. John Harris

 

September Gering
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Dr. Margriet Haagsma

 

Heather Green
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Liza Piper

Title: Historical Investigations into Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Experiences of the Klondike Gold Rush, 1890-1950

My doctoral research focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the Gold Rush on the Hwëch’in, and, in turn, how they responded to both short and long term change the Rush brought to the central Yukon from 1890 to 1950. Investigating issues such as disease, dislocation, landscape and waterway reorganization, and labour, my research responds to a larger literature of economic colonialism in/near indigenous communities. My focus on Dawson City as a case study will allow me to consider local peculiarities and irregularities of economic colonialism within the context of global gold rushes.

 

Ernest Gyidel
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. David Marples

 

Duncan Halden
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. James Muir

Subject: The history of science in North American National Parks

 

 

 

 


 

Shu-Chen Hsu-Hsiung
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Ryan Dunch

 

Krista Jamieson
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Sean Gouglas

Title:  Impact of Digital Archives on Historical Research

I am interested in the impact of digital archives on historical research and how decision making in archives surrounding access and importance affects scholarship. I am an interdisciplinary studies student between the Dept of History & Classics and the School of Library and Information Studies.

   
 

Bryan Kapitza
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Ede

 

Corey Kerklaan
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Jeremy Rossiter

 

Heather Kerr
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Hijmans

 

Kelsey Koon
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Rossiter

TitleVerba Volant, Scripta Manent: The Archaeology of Writing in Roman Britain

My project focuses on the adoption of writing and the Latin language in Britain during the Roman period. Cultural change brought about in Britain by the Roman invasion and occupation is a much-discussed topic in Roman archaeology, but although many individual studies have evaluated the information provided by physical artifacts like brooches, hairpins, food, and interior decor, no similar evaluation has been made of the most significant cultural import of the period: the presence of an entirely new language and of the option for a permanent written record. By looking at the presence of Latin documents and other artifacts associated with the production of writing as evidence of cultural change on the island, I will demonstrate that the adoption of Latin and writing across Britain was the most substantial paradigm shift in British life until the Norman invasions almost 1000 years later, taken up at multiple levels of society and in many different communities, and ultimately shaped not only Britain in the Roman period, but also Britain as the keystone of the later western world.
 

Iuliia Kysla
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. John-Paul Himka

 

Amber Latimer
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Drs Steven Hijmans & Jeremy Rossiter

I am interested in the study of late antiquity and, in particular, the rise of Christianity after Constantine I's conversion at the start the fourth century C.E. I plan to conduct my research on the use of Christian symbols and iconography in art, with a focus on how pagan and Christian images co-existed during this period of religious change.

 

 

Inez Lightning
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Carter

 

Hereward Longley
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Liza Piper

Title: Indigenous Communities and the Environmental History of the Oil Sands Industry, 1960 to 2014

Post-Second World War environmental and Indigenous histories of hydrocarbon extraction and industrial development in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. With focus on the oil sands industry and the Athabasca River Valley, my research measures political and economic histories of resource extraction against social and environmental change.

  Shaun McKinnon

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology

Supervisor: Dr.Steven Hijmans

Title:  Mythologia Christianarum: Understanding the art of early Christian sarcophagi

My thesis focuses on the figures, forms, and functions of early Christian art, specifically as they appear on funerary sarcophagi.  In my research, I seek to create a baseline of understanding for Christian sarcophagi, similar to the existing anthropologically infludenced semiotic work that is becoming the standard for the interpretation of Roman sarcophagi.  Beyond my thesis, I am an active field archaeologist and have interests in archaeological methods and theory, semiotics and visual langugage, architecture and the usage of space, geoarchaeology, numismatics, and the larger Roman world during the third centre CD.

 
 

Marcus Meissner
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Ann McDougall

 

Elton Menard
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Moure

 

Ian Miller
Doctor of Philosophy - Classics
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Mackay

 

Kristen Millions
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Dr. Margriet Haagsma

 

Frederick Mills
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. David Marples

 

Kristina Molin Cherneski
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Lemire

Title: Keeping oneself to oneself: Privacy in 19th-Century Britain

 

My research explores the changing meanings and manifestations of privacy in 19th-century Britain.  I am interested in tracing how the idea of personal privacy was shaped by social forces like urbanization, industrialization and expanding government, as well as by individual concerns and cultural factors like gender, race and class. 
 

Kane Mullen
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Smith

 

Sarah Nash
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Title: Mythological Portraits of Roman Individuals as Hercules and Omphale

I am broadly interested in Graeco-Roman visual culture, mythological narratives, and issues of gender and sexuality. My doctoral research project examines the diverse connotations of Graeco-Roman historical figures associated with Hercules and queen Omphale of Lydia.

 

Rita Neyer
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Andrew Gow

My dissertation project revolves around the infamous religion vs. rationality discourse in Enlightenment Europe, and has at its centre a case study of Emanuel Swedenborg, an 18th ct. Swedish intellectual, scientist, and theosopher. I am researching how his status as a scientist, political figure, and religious leader respectively was portrayed by contemporary intellectuals as well as later historiography.

 

Genevieve Osborn
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Lemire

 

Francois Pageau
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr.  Andrew Gow

Title: From Turlupins to Vaudois: Heresy and Witchcraft in Arras, 1420-1460

I am interested in the conflation of heresy and witchcraft in 15th century’s Northern France. Using as a starting point two trials in the city of Arras, one against heretics in 1420 and the other against witches in 1460, I explore various factors which have influenced the elaboration of the learned theory of witchcraft in the 15th century: the council of Basel, demonological treatises, and the spread of apocalypticism following the growth of Hussitism. I work as sessional instructor at Campus Saint-Jean. I am co-author, with Andrew Gow and Robert Desjardins, of The Arras Witch Treatises (Penn State University Press, 2016).

 

Neil Prather
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. Guy Thompson

 

Andreea Resmerita
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr. David Marples

Title: Destabilizing Dissidence: The Romanian Communist Party's Response to Radio Free Europe Broadcasts, 1980-1989

I study modern Eastern European history, with a focus on Romania in the 1980s. I am interested in expressions of dissidence, in particular Radio Free Europe (RFE). My thesis examines the files kept by the Securitate (state police) RFE broadcasters to understand the mechanisms by which the Romanian Communist Party created and responded to perceived ideological threats. I am also interested in gender, consumption, and power in the socialist context.

 

Madhusudan Rimal
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Dominik Wujastyk

Title: A Textual & Historical Study of the Laṅkāvatāra: A Sanskrit Manuscript of Buddhist Medicine

I am broadly interested in the history of Indian traditional medicine called Ayurveda. My proposed research explores the tenth century Nepalese Sanskrit hitherto unpublished manuscript called Laṅkāvatāra. By the textual and historical study of this manuscript, I want to look at the role of this Laṅkāvatāra in the milieu of Ayurveda, how this seemingly Buddhist text came into the medical system, and how Buddhist it is, if at all.

 

Catherine Saffran
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr.Jane Samson

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Sims
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Beverly Lemire

TitleFurnishings and Finery: a Scottish Merchant Household in an Age of Global Exchange, c.1634-1674

Broadly speaking, I am interested in the social and cultural history of early modern Britain. My research to date has focused on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scotland and I have explored the household and petty crime, family networks and more recently trade and consumption. Currently, my doctoral project takes two concepts, global/colonial trade networks and household consumption, and seeks to place them in dialogue with each other. By focusing on an early modern household, its connection to local and international economies, its position of power, influence and authority in the community, and as a unit of social development and exchange, my dissertation will explore an underdeveloped area of both early modern Scottish history and the histories of consumption.

The subject of my dissertation is the household of John Clerk (1611-1674), a Scottish merchant, banker and householder who lived with his wife, children and servants at Penicuik House on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Clerk family inhabited a world in which it was explicit that both the consumer practice and domestic economy of Scotland (and the rest of the British Isles) had become inextricably linked with a much more impressive backdrop. Exotic tastes fuelled domestic fashion while participation in a truly global trade stimulated and influenced manufacturing at home. This process of connecting the British Isles to the globe allowed members of a Scottish household to consume lemons and oranges from Spain, possess books bound in Moroccan leather and adorn their bodies in the finest French lace and satin. My focus on the activities of a single merchant household is narrow but the documentary evidence allows an unusually wide-ranging view of consumption. My dissertation utilises a range of approaches to consumption and is concerned with consumption as a process, with gifts and commodities, with material culture and its meanings, with everyday life, with gender and with the construction of identities.

 

Daniel Sims
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Title: Dam Bennett: The Impact of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and Hart Highway on the Tse Keh Nay of British Columbia, 1952-2012.

My research focuses on Aboriginal-European relations and the construction of identity as seen in the effects of hydroelectric development on the four Tse Keh Nay First Nations of British Columbia: Kwadacha, Tsay Keh Dene, McLeod Lake and Takla Lake. In particular, I will examine the relationship between identity, the environment, and colonization.

 

Bradley Smith
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Heather Coleman

 

Karin S. Tate
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Hijmans

I am researching the archaeological evidence for structures commissioned, renovated, or rebuilt by women in Italy during the first three centuries of the Roman empire. The epigraphic evidence is well-known, though so far little has been done to explore the physical structures and, most important to my study, their relationship to other structures in their urban settings. I am interested in studying Roman social relationships as expressed in the built environment, women’s networks, and the economic, socio-political, and religious contributions of women under the empire.

 

Claire Thomson
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Carter

 

Jilene Malbeuf (Tobin)
Master of Arts - Ancient Societies and Culture
Supervisor: Dr. John Harris

 

Dylan Townshend
Doctor of Philosophy - Ancient Societies and Culture
Supervisor: Dr. Frances Pownall

 

Oksana Vynnyk
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisors: Dr. Heather Coleman and Dr. David Marples

 

Meaghan Walker
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

I am interested in early modern clothing, specifically men's clothing, and the British world. My project will look at the influence of Asian culture and global trade networks on British men's clothing starting from the development of the 1666 three-piece suit and ending with the 19th century smoking jacket.

 

James White
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Andrew Gow

Title: Ring of Flesh: Late Medieval Devotion to the Holy Foreskin

I study the interactions between gender and the body in late medieval Christianity, with a particular focus on the intersections between lay and learned belief.  Specifically, I focus on the ways that people during the late Middle Ages responded to the devotion to Jesus's foreskin.  In short, as a Jewish boy, Jesus was circumcised, according to the book of Luke.  During the late Middle Ages, when Christians practiced affective piety and emphasized Jesus's body and humanity, many Christians began to venerate Jesus's foreskin, believed to be the only part of his body left on earth.  I consider the viewpoints of both foreskin devotees, with a particular focus on Catherine of Siena and Agnes Blannbekin, and theologians who opposed devotion to the Holy Foreskin because it called into the question priestly authority, the Eucharist, and the idea of bodily resurrection.  Additionally, my work examines the interface between medieval Judaism and medieval Christianity.
 

Adam Wiznura
Master of Arts - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr. Margriet Haagsma

Title: Negotiating Identities in Funerary Contexts: the Archaeology of Death in Hellenistic Demetrias (294-31 BCE)

The aim of my research is to investigate the modes through which the inhabitants of Demetrias in Thessaly, Greece used funerary material culture to project their social and political identities. My research will contribute to a deeper understanding of this ethnically diverse city, and will address the lack of analyses focused on the complex relationship between burial and identity in Thessalian funerary customs.