Campus: Waterloo
Office: HH 109

My interests centre on local history and aspects of Canada’s military history. My work on the county of Waterloo has led to further research into how history can create or modify a community’s collective memory. In addition, I am interested in exploring the historical basis of local government reform in the province of Ontario.

My other area of research, Canadian military history, centres on the development of the Canadian army officer corps during the Second World War. How were commissioned officers chosen and trained for the wartime army? How well were they prepared for the trial of battle? My work has studied how the army applied behavioural science to this question; I have also assessed the nature and conception of army leadership that evolved through the war. Currently I am trying to delve into the memoirs and remembrances of individual soldiers to learn more about the experience of wartime commissioned officers.

Representative Publications:

  • “Mackenzie King and Waterloo County” in John English and Ken McLaughlin (eds.) Mackenzie King: Citizenship and Community Toronto: Robin Brass Studio, 2003.
  • “A Search for Balance: Canada and the United Nations,” Wilfried. von Bredow (ed.) Die freundliche Mittelmacht. Kanada im interntionaen System der Gegenwart (The Friendly Middle Power: Canada in the Current International System) Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag, forthcoming, 2003.
  • “Pondering Canada’s Army Leadership in War and Peace,” inYves Tremblay (ed.) Canadian Military History Since the 17th Century: Proceedings of the Canadian Military History Conference, Ottawa, 5-9 May 2000. Ottawa: Directorate of History and Heritage, 2001: 213-223.