Campus: Wilfrid Laurier
Office: RCW West 309 (Brantford campus)
Phone: 519-756-8228 ext. 5792
Education: BA (McGill), MA (Waterloo), PhD (York)
My research interests are in the social, political, gender, and family history of Post-Confederation Canada. I am particularly interested in women’s and children’s experiences, politicization and transnational connections during the World Wars and Cold War. My new project analyses youth’s interpretations and experiences of war and peace while living on Grindstone Island on Rideau Lake outside of Ottawa. This island housed British children evacuated to Canada during the Second World War. During the Cold War, the island was the home to a Quaker–run cooperative hosting non-violence training, peace education, and social justice camps for Canadian families and youth.
My book Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012) examines Canadian women’s efforts to protect children’s health and safety at home and abroad between the dropping of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945 and the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. I have also published chapters and articles on Canada’s first forays into international adoption, Edmonton’s Miss United Nations pageants, and Canadian school children’s participation in UNICEF and other postwar foreign relief programs. I have also written about Montreal women’s war work and suffrage crusades during the First World War.