History and Classics

Postdoctoral Fellows


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.