The Department of History’s Ph.D. candidate, James Forbes, was recently awarded the prestigious Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship in the national SSHRC competition. James, who specializes in 19th-century Canadian religious and political history, is working under the supervision of Dr. David Marshall. In his dissertation project, Forbes is exploring the relationship between Protestant Dissent and liberalism in Ontario from 1828-78, including the dissenters’ involvement in party politics (especially the Liberal Party) and British transatlantic movements such as voluntarism, democratic reform, and anti-Catholicism.
Having graduated with a BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of Lethbridge (2013) and MA History from Queen’s University (2014), James has presented his research in several academic conferences in Canada and the United States. He published “Contesting the Protestant Consensus: Voluntarists, Methodists, and the Persistence of Evangelical Dissent in Upper Canada, 1829-1854” in Ontario History, vol. CVIII, no. 2 (Autumn 2016): 189-214.