Brandon Mendonca

PhD Candidate, University of Guelph

Education:

PhD History, University of Guelph, 2016-

MA History, Western University, 2015

BA Honours International Relations, Western University, 2014

Fields:

Major: Canadian History

Minor: Rural History

Minor: Global History

Current Research:

“Writing to the Masses, Not the ‘Masseys’: Agricultural Journalism, Cultural Nationalism and the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation, 1945-2003”

Supervisor: Catharine Wilson

My research examines the historical development of postwar agricultural journalism in Canada, with a specific focus on the Canadian Farm Writers’ Federation (CFWF). By focusing on the only national organization of agricultural beat writers, television reporters, and radio broadcasters in Canada, my research addresses why farm journalists felt compelled to organize and how the CFWF aimed to improve the quality of farm journalism both domestically and abroad. In doing so, it reveals the crucial role the CFWF played in mobilizing postwar agricultural and food safety issues to the public.

Contact:

bmendonc@uoguelph.ca