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Current Graduate Students

Lindsay Allison
Email: allisonl@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: The impact of federal and provincial infrastructure funding on municipal capital expenditure in Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank

AllisonLindsay is a part-time PhD candidate studying 20th century Canadian economic history. His dissertation is expected to focus on the impact of federal and provincial infrastructure programs on municipal capital expenditure in Ontario, and to examine the impact of these programs on addressing the municipal infrastructure deficit. Lindsay currently works full time for York Region managing the Region’s debt and reserves. Lindsay started his career covering pan-European equities for an investment house in Scotland and later worked for the province of Ontario for nearly a decade in various infrastructure financing roles. In the 1990s, Lindsay earned a BA in Economics from McGill, an MSc. in Social and Economic History from the University of Oxford and a Diploma in Japanese Studies from the University of Osaka in Japan. He also earned an MPA from Queen’s University in 2004.

Lindsay lives with his family in Vaughan, and uses the little spare time available for family Tae Kwon Do, where his young daughter defeats him in sparring with humiliating regularity.


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Adebisi Alade

Email: aladea@mcmaster.ca
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Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh

I’m Adebisi David Alade, a PhD candidate working on the environmental history of Africa. After a Graduate Diploma in International Public Policy Development at the United Nations University, Institute for Water, Environment, and Health, I’m interested in the colonial and post-colonial sanitation experiences of Africans and the various interventions. In particular, I’m interested in the history of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Nigeria and how Participatory Resource Management process can reverse the proliferation of most Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the country.

 

 

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Jordan Baker

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Thesis: Maintaining Mobility: Technology, Policy and the Management of Ontario’s Roadways, 1901-1998
Supervisor: Dr. John Weaver

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Cameron Baldassarra
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Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank

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Chelsea Barranger
Email: barrancv@mcmaster.ca
Thesis:
British War Brides Immigration and Settlement Experiences in Postwar Ontario and Quebec
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager

Chelsea is a PhD candidate who studies 20th century Canadian history. Her dissertation focuses on the postwar settlement and adaptation of British war brides in Ontario and Quebec. From 1942 to 1946 some 48,000 war brides immigrated to Canada. Despite this influx of immigration into Canada, very little has actually been written regarding the British war brides with the historiography predominately focused on the transcription of the personal and war experiences of these women. She seeks to include British war brides into a larger discussion of the postwar histories of Canadian immigration and national identity. Chelsea completed her Honours BA at Brescia University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario, and her Masters in History at McMaster University.

 

 

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Maya Basso-Jimenez
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Brent Brenyo

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Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager

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Ryan Bullerwell
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Gabrielle Cardwell
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Carly Ciufo

Email: ciufoc@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Can Museums Do Human Rights Work? Human Rights Museums and the Cities that Build Them
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager and Dr. Ian McKay

Having worked with various libraries, archives, and oral history collections across the country, Carly returned to McMaster University in 2016 as an emerging museum professional pursuing her doctorate through the LR Wilson Institute for Canadian History. Continuing to interrogate public history methods in her academic work, her comparative dissertation about human rights museum zooms in on affected community experiences of museum building at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, and the National Center of Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

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Samantha Clarke
Email: clarksl4@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Swett

Sam specializes in Cold War medical history and international relations. Her dissertation focuses on how the fight against poliomyelitis fit into international and transnational relations between divided Germany and its occupiers between 1947 and 1965. “Medical relations” is a newer field in international relations, exposing the ways in which politics and ideology permeate supposedly “neutral” areas such as science and healthcare, and Sam looks forward to contributing to this discussion. Sam completed her B.A. (Hon.) here at Mac, and her MA at Western University.

 

 

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Michael Clemens
Email:clemem4@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: On Location: Nature, Science, and Documentary Cinema on the National Film Board
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan

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Kayla Cockburn
Email: cockbukw@mcmaster.ca
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Shawna Collins
Email: collinst@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager

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Brandon Cordeiro
Email: cordeib@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. Ian McKay

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Nathan Coschi
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Sheri Crawford
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Supervisor: Dr. Juanita De Barros
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Graydon Dennison
Email: dennijg@mcmaster.ca
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Graydon is currently pursuing his M.A. in History with a keen interest in twentieth century U.S. foreign relations history. His Master’s research project examines the foreign policies of both the John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson administrations towards Brazil, specifically analyzing how U.S. aid programs to Brazil were conceived and administered to prevent the spread of Cuban-style revolution. This project builds on Graydon’s undergraduate research which connected President Nixon’s conceptions of American paternalism and his vexatious personal history with Latin American politics with his hostile foreign policy to Chilean President Salvador Allende in the 1970s. When not engaged in academic activities, Graydon enjoys travelling, making music, and participating in sports.

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Curran Egan
Email: eganca@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: “
Imposing Order, Disturbing the Peace: Militarized Masculinity and public Order in National Socialist Munich”
Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Swett
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Paul Emiljanowicz
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Arazoo Ferozan
Email: ferozaa@mcmaster.ca
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Marriage, Family and Commerce in Marseille: Merchants and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean Trade
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I am an early modernist and a Mediterranean historian focusing my research on merchant activities in the Mediterranean port of Marseille, in the Seventeenth Century. I obtained my BA in History and Political Science from York University and Masters from McMaster University. I enjoy reading historical fictions in my free time but have recently begun exploring watercolour painting.

 

 

 

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Nilab Ferozan
Email: ferozan@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Civic and Religious Processions in the Post-Reformation Rome: Dowry, marriages and the maritaggio processions in the Confraternity of SS. Rosario
Supervisor: Dr. Megan Armstrong

Nilab is studying 16th century European history. Her research interests center on Roman confraternities, and include topics such as religion, society, processions, marriage, dowry, gender issues, and charitable works. The goal of her project is to examine the influence of the Confraternity of SS. Rosario in the devotional life and culture of Post-Reformation Rome. Her dissertation will explore in particular the role of the SS. Rosario in religious and civic processions. Nilab completed her B.A. (Hon) degree at York University and her M.A. degree at McMaster.

 

 

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Brittany Gataveckas
Email: gatavebr@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: “The Kindness of Uncle Sam”?: American Aid to France and the Politics of Postwar Relief, 1943-1948
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Horn
GataveckasBrittany is studying 20th century European history under the supervision of Dr. Martin Horn. Broadly speaking, her research interests center on France and the United States, and include topic such as war and society, foreign relations, gender issues, and internationalism. Her dissertation focuses on the immediate post-WWII period in France and deals with issues of foreign aid, relief and reconstruction, and the development of a new postwar socio-political order. Brittany completed both her B.A. (Hon) and M.A. degrees at McMaster. 

 

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Mackenzie Gillies
Email: gilliemb@mcmaster.ca
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Hayley Goodchild
Email: goodchhc@mcmaster.ca
Website: http://mcmaster.academia.edu/HayleyGoodchild
Thesis: From Craft to Kraft: Cheese Making in Southern Ontario, 1860-1960
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan
Hayley’s dissertation, tentatively titled “From Craft to Kraft? Cheese Making in Southern Ontario, 1860-1960,” looks at the rapid development of cheese factories in the province (from only a handful in the mid-1860s to over a thousand in the early 20th century), followed by their centralization, diversification, and decline by the mid-20th century. She approaches this topic as an environmental historian, so she’s particularly interested in how people and animals produced a landscape of cheese (and what that meant) through their labour. By looking at the relationships between farmers, cheese makers, technology, non-human nature, and the state, her wider interest is how the production of ‘foodscapes’ relates to the current capitalist global food regime.
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Sandria Green-Stewart
Email: greenssl@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Health and Empire: Imperial and Local Ideoloties of Health in Jamaica, 1865-1920
Supervisor: Dr. Juanita De Barros

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Mary-Wyn Gunn
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Ryan Heyden
Email: heydenrw@mcmaster.ca
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Julie Huff
Email: huffje@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Illustrious Women: Artful Portrayals of Early Modern Writers, Laura Battiferri, Laura Cereta, Tullia d’Aragona, and Veronica Franco
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Dr. Megan Armstrong
Julie studies the Italian Renaissance under the supervision of Dr. Megan Armstrong, specifically considering learned Early Modern women and how they were depicted in art. She looks at the ways in which the themes of their writings were reflected in their portraits, and how their literature helped shape and challenge their society’s outlook on women who publicly expressed their views, although they were often met with contempt. This project extends her SSHRC-funded English M.A. studies at McMaster in Early Modern women writers, where she examined women-authored seventeenth century French fairy tales and the ways in which female characters contested cultural expectations of female temperament. Julie completed both her B.A. (Hon) in History and English and her first M.A. in English at McMaster.
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David Isserman
Email: issermad@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. Ian McKay
I am studying the history of organized labour, syndicalism, and socialism. I plan to focus my MRP on syndicalists within the British Dominion Nations in the early twentieth century. My current advisor is Professor Ian McKay. Outside of school I enjoy non-academic writing, mountaineering, and playing guitar. My hope is to one day retire from academia to become the next Phil Ochs.

 

 

 

 

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Scott Johnston
Email: johnssa6@mcmaster.ca
Website: https://mcmaster.academia.edu/ScottJohnston
Thesis: Only a Matter of Time: Empire and the International Meridian Conference, 1884
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Heathorn
JohnstonScott’s dissertation examines the creation of standard time in the second half of the nineteenth century. It asks how one particular regime of global standard time came to be adopted among a myriad of options, and suggests that imperial relationships played an important role. Power, colonialism, and resistance were all caught up in the politics of time at the International Meridian Conference, held in Washington D.C. in 1884.

Scott’s previous projects focused on the role of youth movements such as the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movements in imperial and international relations.

Publications:
“Only Send Boys of the Good Type: Child Migration and the Boy Scout Movement, 1921-1959.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 7 no. 3 (2014): 377-397.
“Courting Public Favour: The Boy Scout Movement and the Accident of Internationalism, 1907-1929.” Historical Research (2014) DOI: 10.1111/1468-2281,12079.

Conferences:
“Robert Baden-Powell, the Boy Scouts, and Fascism, 1930-1939.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Lehman College, March 23rd, 2013.
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Mica Jorgenson
Email: jorgenma@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Ecologies of Gold: A Global Environmental History of the 1909 Porcupine Gold Rush
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan
Mica Jorgenson specializes in environmental history, with minor fields in legal and Canadian history. Her dissertation “Ecologies of Gold: A Global Environmental History of the 1909 Porcupine Gold Rush” traces landscape and community change in international mining zones. She is also a Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship fellow (since 2016), and her current work involves digital map making. Beyond her dissertation, she has publications in parks, indigenous, and economic history.

 

 

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Ateeka Khan
Email: khana32@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Politics, Autonomy, and Islam: The Guyanese Case Study
Supervisor: Dr. Juanita De Barros
KhanAteeka studies the history of Islam in the Caribbean. She specifically examines the relationship between religious groups and politics in Guyana, formerly British Guiana, where Muslim and Hindu groups formed vocal, politically active minorities. Her project focuses on the social, cultural and political history of Muslim groups from the end of indentureship, the post-slavery system of contractual labour, in the 1920s to the post-independence period of the 1970s. The study explores the multiple functions of Muslim groups, which ranged from facilitating (and even stimulating) political autonomy to perpetuating authoritarian political systems. This project combines her undergraduate studies in Honours History and English at McMaster University, her graduate work at the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, and her research assistantship experience with Dr. Juanita De Barros. In addition to her academic work, she spends much of her time exploring the world with a very mischievous toddler as her guide.

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Sean Kinnear
Email: kinnes@mcmaster.ca
Website:
https://mcmaster.academia.edu/SeanKinnear
Thesis:
“Unmasking the New Soviet Man: masculinity and identity under Stalin, 1928-1936”
Supervisor: Dr. Tracy McDonald
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Sean’s dissertation research examines the ways in which, and the extent to which, conceptions of the New Man changed at two critical junctures in Soviet history; the first being the “Great Turn” in 1928, when Joseph Stalin abolished the New Economic Policy in favour of the First Five Year Plan, and the second the implementation of the Soviet Constitution in 1936, during which time conceptions of the family and the individual were redefined. By this point, according to Stalin’s rhetoric, socialism had been achieved in the USSR, which implies a measure of success in moulding the New Man in the Soviet style. But it was at this time that Stalin was authorizing mass operations and repressions against his people, which suggests quite the opposite. These contradictions will be examined within a broader discourse of the New Man in Communism as ‘he’ was understood at once by Marx and Engels, by Lenin, and by Stalin, alongside questions of class and privilege in the early Stalinist period.

Sean holds a certificate in Canadian Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University (2008), a B.A (Hons.) in History from McMaster University (2011), and an M.A. in European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies from the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2013).

Conference Paper(s):
“The Boxer Rebellion, Uprising, or War (1899-1901)”. Asia-Canada: Transnational Collaborative Research Conference, McMaster University. April 4, 2014.

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Jenna Kirker
Email: kirkerj@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. Ian McKay
Jenna Kirker is a first year PhD Candidate, and is currently pursuing research on the role of youth in socialist and communist movements in twentieth century Canada under the supervision of Dr. Ian McKay. Jenna holds a Master of Arts in History, an Honours Bachelor of Arts, and a Bachelor of Education First Class Standing from Lakehead University. She is a member of the board for the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, chairing its membership, special events and fundraising committees, as well as serving on the executive for the Thunder Bay branch of the Canadian International Council. Her forthcoming co-authored book on Thunder Bay and the First World War is set for release in 2018.

Selected Conference Papers:

Upcoming “Ferocious Women: Question’s of Gender, Ethnicity, and Race Surrounding the 1909 Freight Handler’s Strike.” The 17th Biennial Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 16-18 May 2018.

2016 “Fighting at Home: Women and Work during the Great War.” 5th Military Symposium, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, 19 November 2016.

2016 “Women and the Selection of Work during the First World War.” 27th Canadian Military History Colloquium, Laurier University, Waterloo, 6-7 May 2016.

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Jessica Lohner
Email: lohnerj@mcmaster.ca
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Vanessa Lovisa
Email: lovisave@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: An Italian Immigrant Presence in Canada: The Case of Friulian Women
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager
LovisaVanessa is studying 20th century Canadian history under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Frager. Her dissertation entitled “An Italian Immigrant Presence in Canada: The Case of Friulian Women” focuses on Northern Italian female immigrant roles within the communities they built in Canada in a pre and post WWII context, with particular emphasis on cultural transmission and associational involvement. Vanessa completed her Honours BA and Masters in History at York University. She is an active volunteer outside of McMaster, assuming roles on various cultural and academic boards of directors within the greater community at large.

 

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Eric Macpherson
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Ginger Major
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Christopher Malott
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Richard Manning
Email: manninrp@mcmaster.ca
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Crime, Disorder, and Rurality in Ontario, 1880-1930
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank

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Carrie McMullin
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Claire McGratton
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Matthew McQueen
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Emma Mitchell
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Nevcihan Ozbilge
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Yubo Pei
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Mack Penner
Email: pennej1@mcmaster.ca
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Mack’s interests are in twentieth century Canadian intellectual and social history, with particular focus on the history of radical political thought and leftist movements. His undergraduate honours thesis looked at the marginalization of the left in Alberta during the years of the Social Credit government, he has written a forthcoming essay on the history of the Woodsworth-Irvine Socialist Fellowship, and his MA research project at McMaster examines the ideological trajectory of the Communist Party of Canada after 1956.

 

 

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Emily Rosebush
Email: rosebue@mcmaster.ca
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Supervisor: Dr. John C. Weaver
Emily is a Ph.D. student studying Canadian national identity as portrayed by Canadian corporations throughout the 20th Century under the supervision of Dr. John Weaver. Her research interests center on The Hudson’s Bay Company, its role as a profit-seeking corporation and the Company’s corporate reinventions believed necessary to secure its place in colonial and Canadian society. Emily completed her Honours B.A. (in History and Linguistics) and her M.A. degrees at McMaster University.

 

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Michael Rowan
Email: rowanme@mcmaster.ca
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Crash Landing: Citizens, The State and Protest Against Federal Airport Planning, 1968-1975
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank

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Danielle Ryan
Email: slabydm@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Standing from the Ground: An Environmental and Social History of Resilience Along the Continental Divide
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan
RyanDanielle is a PhD candidate in Environmental History at McMaster University working under Dr. Michael Egan. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Standing from the Ground: An Environmental and Social History of Resilience Along the Continental Divide,” will look at the development of communities along the Continental Divide in order to find social and ecological resilience in the face of challenges from external pressures. In this context, the Continental Divide not only geographically divides watersheds, but is a place where the heritage of historical development meets with changing attitudes and ethics as people work toward staying in this beautiful, if sometimes hostile, environment. This project will analyze social and ecological resilience in mining, recreational, tourist, ranching, and agricultural communities along the Continental Divide. Through a series of case studies this project seeks to understand how different communities along the Divide have come to understand themselves and their histories and how they have learned to stand from the ground and stay in this place. Outside of academic life, Danielle lives on a historic ranch in Colorado with her husband, dog and cat and coaches youth alpine ski racers at Monarch Mountain and Ski Cooper.

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Adam Shoalts
Email: shoaltal@mcmaster.ca
Website: www.adamshoalts.com”
Thesis: Tracking the Sasquatch: Accounts of Monsters in North American Explorers’ Journals, 1492-1900
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank
ShoaltsAdam’s SSHRC funded research deals with explorers and accounts of strange creatures, including “sasquatch,” wendigoes, werewolves, sea monsters, and all manner of mysterious animals. When not engaged in academic work, he can be found digging up things on archaeological excavations, leading expeditions to unexplored rivers for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and writing for Canadian Geographic. Canadian Geographic article – April 2014 issue

 

 

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Naomi Sinclair
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Kevin Smith
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Betty Spurgeon
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Samantha Stevens-Hall
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Mark Unwin
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Scott Van Wetten
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Scott was home schooled, and did his undergraduate degree in history at McMaster.  He is currently a full-time Masters student, focusing on modern European history.
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Justin Vovk
Email: vovkj@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: States of Death: Royal Funerals and Public Identity in Early Modern Britain and Austria
Supervisor: Dr. Megan Armstrong
Justin is a PhD student focusing on royal history with Dr. Megan Armstrong. His dissertation will focus on the way in which minorities groups in Britain and Austria were required to participate in royal funerals as a way of creating national unity, and the impact of that participation on ethno-linguistic divisions.

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Jennifer Wallace
Email: wallaj9@mcmaster.ca
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Sarah Whitwell
Email: whitwese@mcmaster.ca
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Sarah Whitwell is a PhD candidate who studies American history with a focus on critical race and gender theory. Her research explores the use of violence in the postemancipation South to subjugate African Americans. Building on her previous work on the antilynching movement, Sarah is currently writing her dissertation on the efforts of black women to resist racialized violence.

 

 

 

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Leslie Woodward
Email: woodwalm@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Cultural Concepts and the Bashi Bazouks: The Use of Ottoman Irregular Forces during the Crimean War
Supervisor: Dr. Virginia Aksan