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Carly Ciufo


Area of Research: Human Rights History; Museology

Thesis: Can Museums do Human Rights Work? Human Rights Museums and the People Who 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 seeks to determine if museum workers, broadly defined, can do human rights work. Her case studies are 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. She is the elected graduate student representative on the Executive Council of the Canadian Historical Association.


Ciufo, C. (Writer). “So, What Will That Get You?” Active History (May 2018).

Ciufo, C. (Writer). “CHA Reads: Carly Ciufo on Residential Schools and Reconciliation: Canada Confronts its History.” Unwritten Histories (May 2018).

Ciufo, C. “Time Travel: Tourism and the Rise of the Living History Museum in Mid-Twentieth Century Canada by Alan Gordon” book review in Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 290-292.

Conference/Residency presentations

Ciufo, C. “‘Indians Exist:’ Indigenous Female Artists, Activist Voices, and Political Potential at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights” paper presentation on the Collections panel at Inclusion as Shared Vision: Museums and Sharing Heritage. (Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, University of Granada, September 2018).

Ciufo, C. “The Subversive Canada Still Needs at 150: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Decolonization, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.” Confronting 150 panel at Canada 150: Defining the Nation in a Transnational World. (The 13th Annual Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, May 2017).