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Below is a list of both the geographic and thematic areas in which our faculty specialize. If you have particular enquiries about Graduate Supervision, please contact any of these faculty members or the chair of Graduate Studies, Dr. George Colpitts. 

Africa

Africa

Tim Stapleton works on the history of war and society in Africa, particularly Southern Africa. 

Faculty Members

Timothy J. Stapleton

Canada

Canada

The Canadian history faculty offer particular strength in military history, western Canadian history and social, cultural, and intellectual history; they also have expertise in legal and gender history, as well as the history of energy. David Marshall examines 19th- and 20th- century religious history and popular culture. David Bercuson and Patrick Brennan analyze such issues as war and its impact on society, the armed forces’ institutions and traditions, and Canada’s involvement in twentieth-century wars. Paul Stortz focuses on the history of education, academic cultures, and ethnicity in the 20th century. George Colpitts studies environmental history, commodity exchange, Native history and the North. Warren Elofson writes about the West’s environmental history and its ranching frontier. Heather Devine is an expert on Native and Métis history, especially in the West. Paul Chastko is a specialist on the oil and gas industry’s history in western Canada. Nancy Janovicek specializes in social movements and gender politics, especially in rural contexts. Lyndsay Campbell's expertise is in legal history, particularly comparative Canadian and American approaches to law in the 19th century. 

Faculty Members

D. Bercuson

P. Brennan

L. Campbell 

P. Chastko

G. Colpitts

H. Devine

W. Elofson

N. Janovicek

D. Marshall

P. Stortz

East Asia

East Asia

David Wright is the department's East Asianist. His research interests include Chinese military and diplomatic history, the Mongol conquest of China and the Mongol world empire, and 19th- and 20th-century North American journalists and missionaries in China.

Faculty Members

D. Wright

Europe

Europe

History faculty cover the full range of European history from its medieval foundations to the contemporary era. Their approaches to the past include social, political, military, religious, cultural, legal, intellectual, and gender history. Four faculty members are trained in British history (Warren Elofson, John Ferris, Ken MacMillan and Glenn Wilkinson); two work on German history (Frank Stahnisch and Annette Timm); two work on France (Mark Konnert). Alexander Hill specializes in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. The Europeanists supervise graduate students on topics closely related to their current research: lay piety, family and labour; the Reformation and wars of religion; England/Britain and its empire; nationalism; the First and Second World Wars (and military, diplomatic and intelligence history more generally); fascism and Nazism; and the history of medicine.

Faculty Members

W. Elofson

J. Ferris

A. Hill

M. Konnert

K. MacMillan

F. Stahnisch

A. Timm

G. Wilkinson

Latin America

Latin America

Department members focus on 19th- and 20th-century Latin America. Amelia Kiddle works on Mexico’s political and cultural history, with special emphasis on the country’s relations with the rest of Latin America and its oil industry. Hendrik Kraay focuses on 19th-century Brazil and has worked on independence, slavery, race, civic rituals, and military history. Graduate students in Latin American history also benefit from the Latin American Research Centre and the many experts on Latin America associated with it.

Faculty Members

A. Kiddle

H. Kraay

United States

United States

The U.S. history faculty offer particular strengths in the fields of social and political history, and in comparative regional and transnational history. Students with interests in the histories of race, class, gender, and religion in the United States will also find strong faculty support. Transnational history and the intersections between the U.S. and Canadian borderlands are of special interest to Elizabeth Jameson, who has written extensively about women and labour history. Jewel Spangler specializes on religion and society in the South and is studying the cultural history of disaster and its remembrance in the 19th century. Politics and cities in the Civil War era are Frank Towers’ main areas of research; he is currently examining how proslavery politicians mobilized voters. Lyndsay Campbell's expertise is in legal history, particularly comparative Canadian and American approaches to law in the 19th century. Ken MacMillan has written extensively about seventeenth-century settlement and policy. 

Faculty Members

E. Jameson

L. Campbell

K. MacMillan

J. Spangler

F. Towers

Aboriginal, Ethnic and Immigration History

Aboriginal, Ethnic and Immigration History

George Colpitts studies commodity exchange (particularly the fur trade), Native history and the North. Heather Devine is an expert on Native and Métis history, especially in the West. Paul Stortz is interested in immigration and ethnicity in Canada.

Faculty Members

G. Colpitts

H. Devine

P. Stortz 

Cultural History

Cultural History

The methods and approaches of cultural history inform the work of many department members who work on Canadian, European, U.S., and Latin American history.

Faculty Members

A. Kiddle

H. Kraay

D. Marshall

J. Spangler

P. Stortz

G. Wilkinson

Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment

The history of energy and environmental history are important areas of expertise in the department. George Colpitts writes about environmental change and conservation in western and northern Canada. Paul Chastko is an expert on the North American petroleum industry. Amelia Kiddle is studying the international repercussions of Mexico’s oil industry nationalization in 1938. Petra Dolata’s research focuses on European and North American energy history after 1945.

Faculty Members

P. Chastko

G. Colpitts

P. Dolata

A. Kiddle

Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality

Three department members specialize in the history of gender and sexuality. Annette Timm has written extensively about twentieth-century German and European gender and sexuality, while Nancy Janovicek researches feminist organizing in Canada. Elizabeth Jameson writes about women and gender in western North America.

Faculty Members

E. Jameson

N. Janovicek

A. Timm

Intellectual History

Intellectual History

Paul Stortz specializes in Canadian intellectual history, focusing on the history of 20th-century education and academic cultures.

Faculty Members

P. Stortz

History of Education

History of Education

Paul Stortz specializes in Canadian intellectual history, focusing on the history of 20th-century education and academic cultures.

Faculty Members

P. Stortz

Legal History

Legal History

British and North American legal history is an area of strength in the department. Lyndsay Campbell works on comparative North American legal history, while Ken MacMillan's expertise is in British and early modern European imperial legal history.

Faculty Members

L.Campbell

K. MacMillan

History of Medicine

History of Medicine

Frank Stahnisch’s interests include the development of experimental physiology and laboratory medicine since the eighteenth century, as well as the historical relationship between the neurosciences and the philosophy of the mind.

Faculty Members

F. Stahnisch

Military-Diplomatic

Military-Diplomatic

The Department of History has one of the strongest concentrations of military and diplomatic historians, not only in Canada, but in the English-speaking world. Patrick Brennan and David Bercuson work on Canadian military history, particularly Canada’s involvement in the First and Second World Wars. John Ferris is an authority on the military and diplomatic history of Britain and a leader in the emerging field of intelligence history. Alexander Hill works on twentieth-century Soviet military history. Hendrik Kraay has written on nineteenth-century Brazilian armed forces, while David Wright works on Chinese and East-Asian military history. Paul Chastko examines the oil industry’s globalization. Timothy Stapleton works on the history of war and society in Africa, particularly Southern Africa. The department offers MA and PhD supervision in a range of national military and diplomatic histories as well as joint supervision of international and comparative topics. Graduate students benefit from close collaboration with the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

Faculty Members

D. Bercuson

P. Brennan

P. Chastko

J. Ferris

A. Hill

A. Kiddle

H. Kraay

Timothy J. Stapleton

D. Wright

Political History

Political History

Political history is an area of strength in the department. Department members study the history of politics, political movements, and political ideas in many different contexts. 

Faculty Members

P. Brennan

D. Bercuson

P. Chastko

W. Elofson

N. Janovicek

M. Konnert 

H. Kraay

K. MacMillan

J. Spangler

F. Towers

Religious History

Religious History

Several department members specialize in the history of religion. David Marshall examines 19th- and 20th- century Canadian religious history while Jewel Spangler has written about the religious history of the U.S. South. Mark Konnert is an expert on the French wars of religion.

Faculty Members

M. Konnert

D. Marshall

J. Spangler

Social History

Social History

The methods of social history inform the scholarship of many department members who work on Canadian, U.S., European and Latin American history.

Faculty Members

G. Colpitts

E. Jameson

N. Janovicek

M. Konnert

H. Kraay

K. MacMillan

J. Spangler

F. Stahnisch

P. Stortz

A. Timm

F. Towers