Monda Halpern

- Associate Professor

PhD, Queen's University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84980
Office: Lawson Hall 2266
Office Hours: 1st Term: Mondays 10:00-11:30am or by appointment  2nd Term:  Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am or by appointment.

Special Appointments

  • Affiliated with
    • The Centre for American Studies
    • The Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
    • The Jewish Studies Program
    • The Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Research Interests

Professor Halpern specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century Canadian and American Women's History and Jewish History.

Teaching Philosophy

"At the start of every academic year, I make a bold promise to my undergraduate students - one which defines my teaching philosophy and goals. I inform them that my course will change their world view - that in eight months, they will see the world, and therefore themselves, in a new way. By the end of the year, they eagerly tell me of their personal evolution, and I respond that this is what learning should be - transformative."

Major Research Projects

Professor Halpern is currently examining the 1933 Riot at Christie Pits in which Jewish teenage boys battled an Anti-Semitic gang who unfurled a large swastika banner at a Toronto baseball game. The riot, which lasted about 6 hours, ultimately involved thousands of combatants wielding bats and lead pipe, and caused serious injuries. Although the riot proved a monumental event for the Toronto Jewish community, it has received little scholarly attention.

Selected Publications


Alice in Shandehland (2015) Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press
And on that Farm He had a Wife (2001) And on that Farm He had a Wife: Ontario Farm Women and Feminism, 1900-1970. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press

Book Chapters:

Behind Our Doors (2011) "Foreword" (co-authored with Rev. Michael Bechard), pp. i-ii, and "Introduction" (co-authored with Sonia Halpern), pp. vii-x, in Esther Warmerdam as told to William Butt, Behind Our Doors (Holocaust memoir). London, Ontario: The Althouse Press (in cooperation with the Centre for Jewish-Catholic-Muslim Learning, King’s University College
Living Legacies (2010) "Baggage Claim." pp. 65-68. Living Legacies: A Collection of Writing by Contemporary Canadian Jewish Women, Volume II. Edited by Liz Pearl. Toronto: PK Press
Framing Our Past (2001) "'Such Outrageous Discrimination': Farm Women and Their Family Grievances in Early Twentieth-Century Ontario," pp.116-23. Framing Our Past: Canadian Women's History in the Twentieth Century. Edited by Sharon Anne Cook, et al. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press

Refereed Journal Publications:

  • (2015) “Are you people Jewish?”: The Mistaken Identity of Mary Rosenblatt in the 1952 Harry Lee Murder Case." Canadian Jewish Studies, 23 (2015): 68-91.
  • (2011) "'Art Should Always Ennoble': Emma Griesbach and Art Appreciation in the Women’s Page of The Farmers’ Sun, 1917-1922” (co-authored with Sonia Halpern). Ontario History, CCII, 1 (Spring 2011): 42-59.
  • (2008) JAP – Jewish And Passed-over: The Invisibility of Single Jewish Women in Issues of Intermarriage and Conversion” (co-authored with Sonia Halpern). Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Spring 2008) [online journal].
  • (2007) "'This Ambitious Polish Jew': Rethinking the Conversion and Career of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth." Ontario History (Autumn 2007): 221-46.

Recent Presentations

  • (2017) "'The Comfortable Concentration Camp': Female Domesticity and Nazi Analogy in Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique." Jewish Community Centre, London, Ontario, February 6, 2017
  • (2015) “‘Are You People Jewish?’ The Mistaken Identity of Mary Rosenblatt in the 1952 Harry Lee Murder Case.” Jewish Research Group, Western University, November 18, 2015
  • (2015) “Alice in Shandehland.” Archives Association of Ontario, Eastern Chapter, City of Ottawa Archives, September 17, 2015

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2016 Dean's Award of Excellence (awarded to the top performers in a Department, 2012-2015)

  • 2015-16 USC Teaching Honour Roll
    for Teaching Excellence (sixth time receiving honour also received in 2010-11, 2008-09, 1997-2000)

  • 2014 J.B. Smallman Publication Fund and the Faculty of Social Science, The University of Western Ontario, for Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case ($5000)

  • 2009-10 Nominated, Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
    USC/Alumni Association/Bank of Nova Scotia (third nomination also in 2006-07, 2001-02).