Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Monda Halpern

- Associate Professor

PhD, Queen's University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84980
Email: halpern@uwo.ca
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

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

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Recent Presentations

Awards and Distinctions