- Adjunct Professor
Professor Christie is a cultural historian with a primary interest in the history of gender, the state, the history of consumption, the history of political thought, and the history of the British empire\transatlantic world.
My goal is a simple one: I encourage students to think broadly, across the terrain of cultural, social and political history, and to draw on a wide range of theoretical approaches, in order to expand their perspective to the point where they can creatively elaborate their own synthetic conclusions. I aim to introduce students to the best in Canadian historiography, and also, to consider Canada as a case study within international frameworks of debate. For senior undergraduate and graduate students, I wish them to immerse themselves in a wide range of archival records, from newspapers, to private papers, public documents, and legal records, so that they can develop a wide expertise in documentary sources.
Major Research Projects
I am presently completing a book length study of early Quebec entitled A Northern Bastille: A Cultural and Political History of Quebec, 1760 – 1820 which is based on a large data base from the criminal records of both Montreal and Quebec and newspaper records. I am also heading up the Sesquicentennial History of Canada Project which aims to produce a two-volume synthesis covering the period 1627-1987.
(2012) The Sixties and Beyond: Dechristianization in North America and Western Europe
(2010) (with Michael Gauvreau) MicChristian Churches and their Peoples, 1840-1965: A Social History of Religion in Canada
(2008) Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Institutions and Social Experience in Post-Revolutionary British North America
(2004) Mapping the Margins: Family and Social Discipline in Canada
(2003) Cultures of Citizenship in Postwar Canada
(2002) Households of Faith: Family, Gender, and Community in Canada
(2000) Engendering the State: Family, Work and Welfare in Canada
(1996) A Full-Orbed Christianity: The Protestant Churches and Social Welfare in Canada, 1900-1940
- (forthcoming) “’A Government Fit for British Subjects’: Opposition to the Quebec Act and the Construction of a Masculine Citizenship,” in François Furstenburg and Ollivier Hubert, eds., The Quebec Act : 1774 (New York : Oxford University Press), 38pp.
- (2014) “Affliction: le théâtre des émotions en face de la maladie et de la mort au Canada post-révolutionnaire”, in Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu, dir., Émotions contemporaines (Paris: Armand Colin, 2014), 87-101.
- (2012) “’Belief Crucified upon a Rooftop Antenna’: Pierre Berton, the Comfortable Pew and Dechristianization,” in Nancy Christie & Michael Gauvreau, eds., The Sixties and Beyond: Dechristianization as History in Britain, Canada, the United States and Western Europe, 1945-2000 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).
- (2011) “Proper Government and Discipline: Family Religion and Masculine Authority in Nineteenth-Century Canada,” in John Arnold & Sean Brady, ed., Comparative Masculinities (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan), 389-412.
- (2010) “From Secularisation to Resacralisation?: The Canadian Case, 1760-2000,” in Callum G. Brown & Michael Snape, eds., Secularisation in the Christian World, 1800-2000 (London: Ashgate Press), 93-118.
- (2009) “Time, Space, Modernity and the Transatlantic Family,” in Brigitte Caulier and Yvan Rousseau, dirs., Temps, espaces, modernites (Ste-Foy: Les Presses de l’Universite Laval), 69-82.
- (2008) “’The Plague of Servants’: Female Household Labour and the Making of Classes in Upper Canada,” in Nancy Christie, ed., Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Identities, and Institutions in Post-Revolutionary British North America (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press), 83-132.
- (2008) “Theorizing A Colonial Past: Canada as a Society of British Settlement,” in Nancy Christie, ed., Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Institutions, and Social Experience in Post-Revolutionary British North America (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press), 3-41.
- (2007) “Nationalism and Nature in Canadian and Australian Popular Histories, 1880-1920,” in Monique Lebrun, dir., Le Manuel scolaire d’ici et d’ailleurs, d’hier a demain (Quebec: Les Presses de l’Universite du Quebec) CD-Rom
Refereed Journal Publications:
- (Spring 2017) (with Michael Gauvreau), "'Freedom of the Fassions': The Politics of the Street in Montreal, and the Struggle against the British Fiscal-Military State," Critical Historical Studies.
- (forthcoming) “Women in the Formal and Informal Economies of Late Eighteenth-Century Quebec, 1760-1820,” Gender and History, 42 pp.
- (Oct. 2016) (with Michael Gauvreau), “Marital Conflict, Ethnicity and the Regime of Legal Hybridity in Post-Conquest Quebec,” Journal of Family History, 43:4, pp. 1-21.
- (2015) “Merchant and Plebeian Commercial Knowledge in Montreal and Quebec, 1760-1820,” Early American Studies, 13:4 (Oct. 2015), 856-80.
- (2008) “Women, the Public Sphere and Middle Class Culture,” Journal of Women’s History 20:1 (spring 2008), 237-46.
- (2007) “Strangers in the Family: Work, Gender and the Origins of Old Age Homes,” Journal of Family History, (Oct. 2007), 1-21.
- “From Interdependence to ‘Modern’ Individualism: Families and the Emergence of Liberal Society in Canada,” History Compass.
- “’qu’il etoit maitre chez lui’ (he is the master of his house): Families and Political Authority in Counterrevolutionary Montreal,” William and Mary Quarterly (special issue on Centering Atlantic Families).
- (2009) Dechristianization in North America and Western Europe (McMaster University)
- (2004) Transatlantic Subjects (McMaster University)
- (2001) Mapping the Margins (McMaster University)
- (2000) Cultures of Citizenship in Post War Canada (Massey College, University of Toronto)
- (1998) Households of Faith (Toronto)
Awards & Distictions
- SSHRC Grant (2013-18)- " The Hidden Hand of Modernity"
- SSHRC Grant Co-investigator on "Canada as Projects" (2013-14)
- Project coordinator for "A Synthesis of Canadian History, 1627-1982" University of Toronto Press
- SSHRC Conference Grants (2004, 2009)
- SSHRC Research Grants (2007-10, 2012-13)
- 2001 - Sir John A Macdonald Prize, Best Book in Canadian History, awarded by the Canadian Historical Association
- 1998 - H.A. Innis Prize, Best Book in the Social Sciences in the English Language, awarded by the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada