- Assistant Professor
PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2005
Telephone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 80153
Office: Lawson Hall 2250
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
My research interests encompass twentieth-century warfare, military transportation and procurement, and more generally, the material culture of modern conflict.
Major Research Projects
Chariots of Mars: Mechanization, Transportation, and Logistics in Canada’s Overseas Forces, 1914-19
I am working under contract with the University of Toronto Press on Chariots of Mars, a study of military transportation during the First World War, with emphasis on the new roles played by motor vehicles in the forward area. There are also chapters on procurement, driver training, automobile culture in the overseas forces, narrow gauge railway and specialist vehicles such as ambulances. The research phase for this manuscript was largely completed during a postdoctoral fellowship at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, between 2007 and 2010.
Canada’s World Wars
In partnership with Dr. Jeff Keshen, of Mount Royal University, I am preparing a new survey history of Canada’s experiences in the First and Second World Wars. This text offers a balanced perspective of homefront and battlefront, with an eye to the latest scholarly interpretations of key historical questions. The text will be published by the University of Toronto Press.
Books and Edited Collections
- (2008) Shoestring Soldiers: The 1st Canadian Division at War, 1914-15. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
- (2007) Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, co-edited with Geoffrey Hayes and Mike Bechthold.
Historical Pamphlets and Short Books
- The 3/4-Ton SMP Truck in Canadian Service. Ottawa: Service Publications, 2009.
- The M38A1 1/4-Ton Truck in Canadian Service. Ottawa: Service Publications, 2008.
- Canadians on the Somme. Waterloo: LCMSDS, 2006.
- Canadian Forces Base Petawawa: The First Century. Waterloo: LCMSDS, 2005.
- Canadians in the Ypres Salient: A Visitor’s Guide. Waterloo: LCMSDS, 2005.
Chapters in Edited Collections
- “Dangerous Curves: The Evolution of Canadian Military Transport in Two World Wars,” in Geoffrey Hayes, Mike Bechthold, and Matt Symes, Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012, pp. 115-38.
- “1st Canadian Division: An Operational Mosaic,” in Geoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci, and Mike Bechthold, Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007, pp. 155-69.
Referred Journal Publications
- “Side-Steppers and Original-Firsts: The Overseas Chevron Controversy and Canadian Identity in the Great War,” Canadian Military History, Vol 20, No 3, Summer 2011, pp. 43-53.
- “Farm Tractors, Occupational Therapy, and Four-Wheel Drive: Transforming a Military Vehicle Into a Cultural Icon,” Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, Vol 30, No 3, June 2010, pp. 164-67.
- “‘A Unique Art’: Canadian Anti-Gas Respirator Production in the Second World War,” Canadian Military History, Vol 18, No 4, Autumn 2009, pp. 51-64.
- “On the Threshold of Modernity: Canadian Horsepower on the Western Front, 1914-18,” Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, Spring 2009, pp. 59-83.
- “The Illustrated London News and Military Technology of the Great War” Material Culture Review/Revue de la culture matérielle, No 67, Spring 2008, pp. 45-63.
- “Opening the North: Technology, Training and the Fort Churchill Joint Services Experimental Test Station, 1946-64,” Canadian Army Journal, Vol 10, No 4, Winter 2008, pp. 74-95.
Awards and Distinctions
- Canadian War Museum Research Fellow, 2007-08, 2009-10
- Western Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2010-11
- R.B. Byers Postdoctoral Fellow (National Defence), 2005