Mark Sholdice


PhD student, History
University of Guelph, 2009-present
•       supervisor: Dr. Alan Gordon
•       comprehensive fields: Canada (major), Modern American History since 1877 (minor), Latin America (minor)

MA, History
University of Guelph, 2007-2009
•       supervisor: Dr. Alan Gordon
•       major research paper: “‘Patronage, Like Hamlet’s Ghost, Will Not Drown!’: The United Farmers of Ontario-Independent Labor Party Provincial Government and Political Patronage, 1919-1923″

BA (Honours), History and Economics
Queen’s University, 2003-2007

Current Research

My current research is focused on the popular movements for the public ownership of the means of distribution and generation of hydroelectricity in the United States and Ontario from 1900 to 1940. The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was particularly influential in American electric politics, as a source of inspiration for Progressive reformers, and an example to be avoided for the private power industry.  This American debate over the Commission was, in turn, very important in Ontario politics.


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