Michael Dove

- Assistant Professor
- Internship Coordinator, M.A. Public History Program

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PhD, The University of Western Ontario, 2007
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84996
Email: mdove2@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 1207
Office Hours: Mondays 12:00pm-2:00pm
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Research Interests

Professor Dove specializes in public history, early Canadian history, and the business and social history of the global maritime world in the Early Modern Period (c.1500-1800). He is especially interested in the operation of commercial trading companies including the Hudson’s Bay Company, as well as the growth and decline of piracy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Teaching Experience

Professor Dove’s teaching encompasses his interests in business history, Canadian history, maritime history and public history. In addition to his teaching a course on pirates and piracy, he has taught the Canadian history survey course and previous history courses The Sea and The Maritime History of the North Atlantic in the Age of Sail. He is currently developing a course on the business of brewing, which traces the history of beer from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt to the present.  Professor Dove has also held teaching appointments with the University of Huron College and Western’s DAN Program in Management and Organizational Studies, where he taught courses on Globalization, Organizational Behaviour, and Human Resources Management.

He continues to serve as the Public History Internship Coordinator, and teaches courses in both the MA and Minor Programs in Public History. 


Research Projects

Professor Dove is currently producing a full-length study of the shipping component of the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1668 and 1870.

He has co-authored a chapter entitled “Public History in Canada: Public Service or public service?” in Paul Ashton and Alex Trapeznik, eds., What is Public History Globally? (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).   


Community Projects

Professor Dove has supervised several collaborative projects between his undergraduate and graduate public history students and community partners, including: The War of 1812 Smartphone App for Southwestern Ontario Region Bicentennial 1812; major research and oral history studies for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 on the topic of American immigration to Canada; the design and production of oral histories for the multimedia website A Driving Force: Women of the London, Ontario Art Community 1867-2017 hosted by Western University’s McIntosh Gallery; and the development of the Labatt Breweries Collection Virtual Exhibit with Labatt Breweries of Canada and Western University Archives.


Media & Speaking Events

War of 1812 App

Dove - Route 1812Professor Dove was interviewed by The Windsor Star about his and his MA Public History class’s work in developing a smart phone app on the War of 1812 to mark the upcoming bicentennial. The app traces the story of the retreat of Major General Henry Procter and his First Nations allies led by Tecumseh in the late summer and autumn of 1813. The app follows "Route 1812" and "The Tecumseh Parkway" historic driving routes through southwest Ontario and will enable people to access the sites, stories and sounds of the War. The app is free and can be searched or downloaded using the QR code found here. His interview appeared in a special publication of the newspaper on the War of 1812 appearing in the June 6, 2012 edition. See: Windsor Star article

Dove App LaunchProfessor Dove was an invited speaker at the official launch of the War of 1812 smart phone app for the South West Ontario War of 1812 Region, held at MacKenzie Hall in Windsor on June 23, 2012. Funded by a Community Learning Grant from the Student Success Centre at Western University, Professor Dove and his graduate public history students partnered with the 1812 Southwest Region of Ontario, the Tecumseh Parkway Committee, Fort Malden, the Chatham-Kent Museum, Fairfield Museum, and several other sites, archives and community groups to produce the content for this new interactive tool.