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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.

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

Cameron Baldassarra


Chelsea Barranger
Email: barrancv@mcmaster.ca
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.

Brent Brenyo

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

Nathan Coschi
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager

Sheri Crawford

Oleksa Drachewych
Email: dracheom@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: The Comintern, Anti-Imperialism and Racial Equality in British White-Settler Colonies, 1919-1943
Supervisor: Dr. Tracy McDonald
OleksaOleksa is a historian of Russia interested in Russian foreign policy in the 20th Century, especially during the interwar period (1917-1939), covering a range of topics including the Comintern, the role of the Commissariat of Foreign Affairs in decision-making in Soviet diplomacy, nationalism, race, and the concept of “Bolshevik anti-imperialism.” He also has an interest in changes in diplomacy following the First World War. His research focuses on the Comintern and their programme for anti-imperialism, colonial liberation and racial equality in British white-settler colonies during the interwar period. His research will compare and contrast Comintern policies in South Africa, Australia and Canada and how the Comintern interacted with local Communist parties in these regions in their pursuit of these policies. Oleksa received his Honours B.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario and his M.A. in history from Queen’s University. He has published several reviews in Revolutionary Russia, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, First World War Studies and other journals.

Selected Conference Papers:
“Expanding the Fight: The Comintern and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions, 1920-1928,” presented at the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies 47th Annual Convention at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown, November 19, 2015.

“From Ideology to Practice: How Bolshevik Concepts of Imperialism Influenced Policy in the Communist International,” presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Slavists at the University of Ottawa, June 1, 2015.

“Fighting the Highest Stage of Capitalism: Exploring Lenin’s Conceptualization and the Bolsheviks’ Practice of ‘Bolshevik Anti-Imperialism,’” presented at Pogrankom 2014 at Queen’s University, September 27, 2014.

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





Hannah Elias

Email: eliashl@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Radio Religion: Religious Broadcasting on the Wartime BBC, 1939-1948
Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Heathorn
EliasHannah is a PhD candidate who has completed major and minor fields in Modern British History and the history of race, gender and religion in the Atlantic World. Her research interests include the history of popular religion, film, radio and media history, changing iterations of modernity and trends in visual culture. Hannah has served as a committee member for the History Lab at the Institute of Historical Research and was the chief organizer of an interdisciplinary conference entitled “War & Faith: Exploring the place of Religion in Conflict and Reconciliation” at Goodenough College, London in 2010. She is thankful to have received funding from the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the SSHRC CGS Michael Smith Foreign Travel Scholarship, the London Goodenough Association of Canada Richard Helmstadter Scholarship and McMaster University’s Harry Lyman Hooker Doctoral Fellowship.

Selected Conference Papers:
“The Development of “BBC Religion”: Christianity, Democracy and National Identity in Wartime Broadcasting, 1939-1945.” Modern Religious History Seminar, University of Oxford. Spring 2014.

“Lift up your Hearts!” Prayer, Public Worship and Spiritual Health in Britain during the Second World War.” Modern Religious History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, University of London. 23 February 2011.

“Creating Sacred Spaces: Popular Christianity and the Rites and Aesthetics of Remembrance in Britain, 1918-1925.” Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Glasgow. March 30, 2010.

“Differentiation not Dechristianization: Exploring Inconsistency and Uniformity in Popular Religious Belief in Britain, 1939-1947.” Dechristianization Conference, McMaster University. October 2009.

“Ordering Chaos: Public Advertising and the Regulation of the Urban Landscape in Britain, 1907-48.” Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick. April 5, 2009.

Paul Emiljanowicz

Arazoo Ferozan
Email: ferozaa@mcmaster.ca
Marriage, Family and Commerce in Marseille: Merchants and Cross-Cultural Influences in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean Trade

Nilab Ferozan

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. 


Hayley Goodchild
Email: goodchhc@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: From Craft to Kraft: Cheese Making in Southern Ontario, 1860-1960
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan
GoodchildHayley’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.


Sandria Green-Stewart
Email: greenssl@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Health and Empire: Imperial and Local Ideoloties of Health in Jamaica, 1865-1920

Mary-Wyn Gunn

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.

“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.

“Robert Baden-Powell, the Boy Scouts, and Fascism, 1930-1939.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Lehman College, March 23rd, 2013.

Mica Jorgenson
Email: jorgenma@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: The Last Gold Rush: An Environmental History of Porcupine, Northern Ontario
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Egan

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.

Sean Kinnear
Email: kinnes@mcmaster.ca
“Unmasking the New Soviet Man: masculinity and identity under Stalin, 1928-1936”
Supervisor: Dr. Tracy McDonald
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.


Jacqueline Kirkham
Email: kirkhajl@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Forsaking Paul Bunyan: Gender, Safety and Vancouver Island’s Forest Industry, 1946-1968
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Frager

Andrew Kloiber
Email: kloibeac@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: “Coffee, East Germans, and the World, 1949-1989”
Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Swett
KloiberAndrew’s dissertation examines the role of coffee and consumption in the GDR on a number of important levels. The project will demonstrate how this particular commodity helped reshape existing concepts of socialability and culture under Socialism to form an integral part of the regime’s visions for socialist modernity. The regime tied its own legitimacy to its ability to provide its population with consumer goods – even ‘luxury goods’ like Coffee, but constantly struggled to maintain supply given the shortcomings of the planned economy and the need to purchase coffee with hard currency. When a major frost in Brazil destroyed 2/3 of that country’s coffee trees in 1975, world prices skyrocketed fourfold by 1977. Without sufficient currency, the GDR could no longer afford to import coffee, and it tried to replace the most popular roasted coffee with a surrogate product, “Kaffee-Mix”, which contained only 50% real coffee. The public rejected this product and demanded the return of ‘real’ coffee, which generated a need for East Germany to seek new sources for this highly valued food stuff. The GDR managed to secure coffee deals with decolonizing, coffee producing countries in the developing world involving direct barter/goods exchange. Looking at these deals in Ethiopia, Angola, Laos and Vietnam, he examines the ways in which the GDR’s search for coffee fostered a number of lasting trade relationships and – in the case of Laos and Vietnam – long term development projects to build the local coffee industry. Cast in the language of ‘socialist solidarity’, ‘mutual benefit’ and ‘mutual respect’, he suggests the GDR’s pursuit of coffee reveals as much about it’s own self image as a modern state as it does about its place in a divided, yet globalizing world. ”

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.


Richard Manning

Crime, Disorder, and Rurality in Ontario, 1880-1930
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank

Phillip Morgan
Email: morganpd@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Revisiting the Condominium: Space, Place, and Urban Transformation in Postwar North York
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Cruikshank




Tim Mueller

Email: muellt2@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Youth in Uniforms: Education and the Third Reich
Supervisor: Dr. Pamela Swett
MuellerTim is studying 20th century European history under the supervision of Dr. Pamela Swett. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Youth in Uniforms: Education and the Third Reich (Uniformierte Jugend: Erziehung im Dritten Reich),” examines the role of Nazi pedagogy from 1933-45. More specifically, his project seeks to reconstruct the development of Nazi elite academies and boarding schools, such as the National Political Institutes of Education (more commonly known as Napolas). By locating the antecedents of Nazi policies in Germany’s imperial era, this dissertation hopes to re-conceptualize Germany’s turbulent past and historiographical trajectory through the prism of education. Tim previously completed both his BA (Hons) degree in Political Science and History and Master’s degree in History at McMaster University. Outside of the academic world, Tim plays saxophone for the Oakville Wind Orchestra and is an ardent soccer fan. 

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

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.

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



Samantha Stevens-Hall

Shay Sweeney
Email: sweenesr@mcmaster.ca
Thesis: Making Medical Space: A Pan-Canadian History of Hospital Architecture and Administration 1880-1980
Supervisor: Dr. John Weaver

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