Graduate Students

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

Dissertation 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).

Emad Afkham
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Joseph Patrouch

Dissertation Title: The Popular Resistance among German Peasant in the Late 16th Century

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Jane Allred
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Dominik Wujastyk

DissertationTitle: Indology, Grammar and Philosophy of Language in Pre-modern South Asia

Kyla Bansemer
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Thesis Title: Early Modern Alchemy in England

Samantha Blais
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Piper

Struggling to Survive: Health Impacts of Hydroelectric Development in Northern Manitoba's Indigenous Communities, 1954-2018: Dissertation Title

My research analyses the health impacts of hydroelectric development on Misipawistik Cree Nation, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, Tataskweyk Cree Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation, and Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. By examining the impacts of mega-hydroelectric developments in northern Manitoba and focusing on the social determinants of health, meaning the social, economic, cultural and political inequities that impact the health of communities and individuals specifically in Indigenous communities, I will investigate how hydroelectric development has caused the public health crisis that these communities have struggled with for more than half a century. I will also explore what historical dynamics enabled hydroelectric development to occur and continue with little to no consultation in northern Manitoba despite the enormous health impacts.

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

Thesis Title: The Development of the Profession of Engineering in Alberta

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

Project Title: At the Peak of the Roman Empire

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

Dissertation Title: Negotiating Identities in in Thessslian Sacred Spaces (800 BC to AD 100)

My research is the first diachronic synthesis of the archaeological evidence for all known sanctuaries in Thessaly from the Archaic to the Roman periods. I examine these sanctuaries as agents in the "operational acts of identification" performed by the inhabitants of Broader Thessaly (i.e., Thessaly and adjacent regions). Previous scholars have noted that Thessaly is not the region of Greece one would visit to see "monumental" sanctuaries, but my dissertation demonstrates that Thessalians did indeed invest heavily in their sanctuaries but preferred to do so by monumentalizing their modesty and imagined antiquity, as a way to express both regional and panhellenic affiliation simultaneously (as contrary as that may seem).

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Deepro Chakraborty
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Dominik Wujastyk

Dissertation Title: Critical Edition of Taittiriya Siksas

Olivia Cotton Cornwall
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Thesis Title: Libraries and Changes in Eighteenth Century England

Katerina Doige
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Robert W. Smith

Thesis Title: Canadian Soldiers in Italy during World War II
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Rowan Drisner
Master of Arts - Ancient Societies and Cultures
Supervisor: Dr Adam Kemezis

Thesis Title: Third Century Roman History
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Karen Englander
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma

Dissertation Title: Ancient Greek Medicine in the Home

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

Dissertation 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.

Chris Fortin
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Dennis Sweeney

Thesis Title: German Occupaction Policy during the Second World War

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Michael Gillingham
Doctor of Philosophy - Religious Studies 
Supervisor: Dr Robert Brazeau 

Thesis Title: Face to Face with the Absolute Other: Religion and Alterity in Irish Literature 

Solomon Hajramezan
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Robert W. Smith

Thesis Title: History of Spaceflight, Space Exploration and Technology Imagining Space

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

Thesis Title: The History of Science in North American National Parks

Cole Hakins
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Thesis Title: Across the Great Water: Tobacco, Wampum, and Haudenosaunee Diplomacy in Early Modern London, 1650-1725

My research focuses on the physical and material movement of North America Indigenous peoples and goods to Britain from 1650-1925. Particularly, I examine how transoceanic expressions of Haudenosaunee diplomacy, such as wampum and tobacco, were understood and used by British diplomats and wider society in London and the Americas. Broadly speaking, I am interested in Atlantic history, cultural exchange, and material culture.

Brayden Hirsch
Master of Arts - Classical Literature
Supervisor: Dr Adam Kemezis

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Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Dissertation 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.

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

Dissertation Title: Chinese Christianity Globalized: the transnational movement of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee and its relationship with the modern Chinese states: 1922-1997

My research interets include the fields of Christianity in China, modern East Asian history, and the globalization of religion. My subject is a Chinese Christian movement variously named as the "Little Flock," the "Local Church," or the Lord's recovery.

Nicole Hudye
Master of Arts - Classical Archaeology
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy J. Rossiter

Project Title: Depictions of Women in 4th-6th Centuries Roman Villa Art

Alla Hurska
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr David R. Marples

Thesis Title: Russian Development in the Arctic

Samantha Kallen
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Project Title: Canada and the Cold War

My general topics of interest include 19th and 20th century Western Canadian history, and Cold War history. In combining these interests, the topic of my Master's thesis project is Alberta in the Cold War, in particular, Alberta civil defense and the construction of bomb shelters. I plan to explore multiple questions over the course of my research, such as how the Cold War affected Alberta, why were bomb shelters constructed, and how were bomb shelters a manifestation of cold War reality or consciousness.

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

Project Title: Successful Government Involvement in the Private Sector: the case of Alberta Energy Company

Aditi Khare
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Dissertation Title: Industralisation/De-Industralisation of Indian Textile Industry under Early British Colonial System, 1750-1850

Iaroslav Kovalchuk
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Heather Coleman

Dissertation Title: Uneven Sovietization of Western Ukraine after World War Two

Ana Kupinska
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr David R. Marples

Dissertation Title: Between Glory and Sorrow: building of the national history narrative in post-maiden Ukraine

Steven Langois
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Piper

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

Dissertation Title: Deconstructing Religious Meaning: an examination of the chi-rho nd staurogram in fourth-century art

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.

Hsiao-Hsuan Lee
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Jay

Dissertation Title: Women and Family History in China

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

Project Title: The Company of Young Canadians and Indigenous Communities in Alberta, 1964-1976

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

Dissertation 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.

Claudia Lonkin
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr David R. Marples

Project Title: Belarusian Culture History

Jason Lundgren
Master of Arts - Ancient Societies and Cultures
Supervisor: Dr Adam Kemezis

Thesis Title: Laughter and Mockery in Tacitus

David Macmullin
Master of Arts - Classics
Supervisor: Dr Adam Kemezis

Project Title: Roman Military Parade Masks

Jilene Malbeuf
Master of Arts - Classical Literature
Supervisor: Drs John Harris/Selina Stewart

Project Title: An Evaluation of the Role of Tragedy in Athenian Society in Light of Philosophical Criticism

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Shaun McKinnon

Programme: Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Archaeology

Supervisor: Dr Steven Hijmans

Dissertation Title: Christian Stones Speak: Visual meanings and communication from early Christian sarcophagi

My thesis research revolves around early Christian art and archaeology, with a specific focus on constructions of visual meanings in early Christian sarcophagi. Beyond this research, I am interested in the broader political, cultural, and religious changes that occurred throughout the Roman world during the third century CE, as well as archaeological methods and theory, spatial/urban studies, and geoarchaeology. I am an active field archaeologist, having conducted fieldwork in Canada, Greece, Israel, and Romania, and my current position is fieldwork supervisor on the Apulum Roman Villas Project (ARVP), a multiyear excavation of an elaborate villa complex in Transylvania, Romania.

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Laura McLean
Master of Arts - Classical Literature
Supervisor: Dr Selina Stewart

Project Title: The Eternal Holy Grail: Magical Cups as an Indo-European Tradition

My project looks at the Indo-European origin of the 'Holy Grail' legend both on a diachronic linguistic and a comparative mythological level across several different Indo-European cultures.

Bethany McMillan
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Gerhard Ens

Thesis Title: Early Nineteenth Century European Fur Trade Perspective of Indigenous Perceptions of the Rocky Mountains

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

Project Title: "From the Edge of Empire": Transformation or Decline? Revisiting Abou Al-Haj

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

Project Title: Securing Markets,: Constructing Free Trade and the Cobden-Chevalier Network

Ian Miller
Doctor of Philosophy - Classics
Supervisor: Drs John Harris/Selina Stewart

Dissertation Title: Morphophonology and Semantics of Latin Diminutives

I have a general interest in the reading, writing and speaking of Latin and Classical Greek. Neo-Latin (i.e. Latin used from the Renaissance to the modern day) and the Latin from the Late Roman Republic especially interest me. My research, general speaking, focuses on the phonetic development involved in these languages. In my doctoral dissertation I will investigate the morphophonology and semantics of proper Latin diminutives and other words which have only the appearance of proper Latin diminutives.

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

Dissertation Title: Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power Instruments of Conduct of Soviet Middle Eastern Policy, 1955-1964

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

Dissertation 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.

Sofia Ortiz
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Jaymie Heilman

ThesisTitle: Post-revolutionary Yucatan's Focus on Indigenous Women, Gender and History from Below

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

DissertationTitle: 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).

Sean Patterson
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr David R. Marples

Thesis Title: Post-maiden Historical Narratives amongst Ukrainian and Russian-Canadian Newcomers

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

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

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

Dissertation 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.

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Terri Rolfson
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Beverly Lemire

Thesis Title: Women and the Labour of Laundry in the English Eighteenth Century

My research is centred on the significance of female laundry labour in eighteenth century England in terms of gendered economic agency, materiality and transmitted social values.  I am broadly interested in the material culture of non-elite women and what it can tell us about their social and economic contributions and limitations.

Craig Roper
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Thesis Title: Compare and Contrast the Enactment and Effects of Residential Schooling in Alberta and Western Australia

Merlin Rosser
Master of Arts - History
Supervisor: Dr Jocelyn Hendrickson

Thesis Title: Middle East in the Cold War

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

Project Title: Imperial Masculinity during the British Empire

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

Dissertation Title: Furnishings 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.

Kaitlyn Skinner
Master of Arts - Ancient Societies and Cultures
Supervisor: Dr Margriet Haagsma/Selina Stewart

Project Title: Women in Mythology (Nera) and Popular Culture

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

Dissertation Title: Russian/Soviet European Cultural Diplomacy

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

Dissertation Title: Urban Space and Power Relationships in Ancient Rome: Women as Builders during the Imperial Period

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.

Konstantin Tebenev
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Joseph Patrouch

Dissertation Title: German Journeymen Associations and the Rise of Misogyny in Fifteenth-Seventeenth Centuries

Claire Thomson
Doctor of Philosoph - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Doctor of Philosophy: "The Lakota look at the land and see a relative": Lakota Land, Movement, Kinship, Community in the Canada-U.S. Borderlands, 1870-1960

Glen Truax
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Kenneth Moure

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Sharon Venne
Doctor of Philosophy - History
Supervisor: Dr Sarah Carter

Dissertation Title: Indigenous Treaties: Concentration on Treaties Six, the Crown and International Significance of the Treaty Making

Suzanna Wagner

Master of Arts- History

Supervisor: Dr. Susan L. Smith
Thesis Title: Nursing on the Eastern Front: Canadian First World War Experiences
My research focuses on Canadian military nursing during the First World War. Through letters and diaries, I am investigating the contributions and experiences of the some 3000 nursing sisters of the Canadian Army Medical Corps who served in Canada, England, France, Belgium, Greece and Egypt. I am especially interested in the diversity of the Great War's Eastern theatre where climate and active fighting impacted the availability of supplies, medical treatment and living conditions to different degrees in Greece and in Egypt.

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

Dissertation Title: Mobilising Clothes: military dresses, culture and economic during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815
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James White
Doctor of Philosophy - History
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Dissertation 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.

Natasha White
Doctor of Philosophy - Classical Literature
Supervisor: Dr Selina Stewart

Dissertation Title: Social Gender Norms and the Female Vice in Ovid