Chair, Department of History
PhD, University of Cambridge, 1995
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84964
Office: Lawson Hall 2201B
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm or by appointment.
Professor McKenzie’s research interests are in the history of international relations, the history of the British Commonwealth, especially from the perspectives of the so-called periphery (Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), as well as the history of global trade.
I have two main pedagogical aims: to teach students to think about the past in interesting and rigorous ways and to develop skills in writing, research, and critical thinking. These skills are essential to the study of history; they are also valuable when students enter the workforce.
I teach courses on the history of international relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, examining conflicts and cooperation that have defined the evolution of the international community. I have also taught in the International Relations program, including the capstone seminar, IR4701E.
I supervise M.A. and Ph.D students whose research is related to international trade, international relations, Canada’s international history, and the history of the British Commonwealth. I welcome inquiries from students interested in post-graduate study at Western.
Major Research Projects
I am completing a history of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade called Accidental Organization: The GATT and Global Geopolitics, 1947-1994. I explain how the main geo-political fault lines that emerged after 1945, including the Cold War, the North-South divide, and the rise of regional blocs, turned the GATT into a contested political space and a microcosm of global international relations. The working title of my new research project is The World They Wanted and the World They Feared: Planning for Peace during the Second World War. It is a collective biography in which I examine how a select group of influential individuals saw the possibility to construct a new and better future after the war.
(2013) Lucia Coppolaro and Francine McKenzie, eds, A Global History of Trade and Conflict Since 1500 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 252 pp.
(2003) Margaret MacMillan and Francine McKenzie, eds, Parties Long Estranged: Canada and Australia in the 20th Century (UBC Press). 320 pp.
(2002) Redefining the Bonds of Commonwealth 1939-1948: The Politics of Preference (Palgrave MacMillan) 368 pp.
(2014) ‘Free Trade and Freedom to Trade: Exports, Markets and the Development Challenge to GATT, 1948-1968’ in Frey, Unger and Kunkel, eds, International Organizations and Development: Shifting Visions of a Contested Paradigm, (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014), pp. 150-170
(2013) ‘The Intersection of Trade and Conflict since 1500’, in Coppolaro and McKenzie, eds, A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 1-19
(2013) 'Lucia Coppolaro and Francine McKenzie, ‘Trading Blocs and Trading Blows: GATT’s Conflictual Path to Trade Liberalisation, 1947-1967’ in Coppolaro and McKenzie, eds, A Global History of Trade and Conflict since 1500 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.163-187
(2013) 'The Last Ditch Defender of National Sovereignty at Geneva”: The Realities Behind Canadian Diplomacy During the Ethiopian Crisis’ in G. Bruce Strang, ed., Collision of Empires: Italy’s Invasion of Ethiopia and its International Impact (Ashgate, 2013), pp. 165-184. (refereed)
(2013) 'Trade, Dominance, Dependence and the End of the Settlement Era in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, 1920-1973' in Christopher Lloyd, Jacob Metzer and Richard Sutch, eds, Settler Economies in World History (Leiden: Brill 2013), pp. 463-489.
(2012) 'The Great Depression: The Economy and Diplomacy' in Robert J. McMahon and Thomas W. Zeiler, eds, Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History volume 1 (CQ Press, 2012), pp.173-187.
(2012) ‘Exporting the American Experience: Global Economic Governance and the Foreign Economic Policy of the Truman Administration’, in Daniel S. Margolies ed., A Companion to Harry S.Truman (Blackwell, 2012), pp. 111-130.
(2011) 'The Rhetoric of Trade and the Pragmatism of Policy: Canadian and New Zealand Commercial Relations with Britain, 1920-1950', in Ian Conrich and Itesh Sachdev, eds, Small Nations, Big Neighbours:Canada and New Zealand (London: Kakapo Books, 2011), pp. 35-56.
(2009) 'A.D.P Heeney: The Orderly Undersecretary' in Greg Donaghy and Kim Richard Nossal, eds, Architects and Innovators: Building the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009/ Architectes et innovateurs: le developpement du ministere des Affaires etrangeres et du commerce international, de 1909 a 2009 (Montreal & Kingston: McGill Queen's University Press, Queen's Policy Studies series), pp. 151-168.
(2012) Short Biographical essay on, 'Eric Wyndham White' in The Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries - General of International Organizations, Bob Reinalda and Kent Kille, eds
(2014) ‘Faith, Fear and Free Trade’, International Journal, 2014, Vol. 69 (2): 233-245
(2014) ‘The conundrum of Canadian-American relations', Review of Denis Stairs, The Diplomacy of Constraint: Canada, the Korean War, and the United States (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 1974), International Journal, 69 (1), March 2014: 110-117.
(2010) 'The GATT-EEC Collision: The Challenge of Regional Trade Blocs to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1950-1967', The International History Review (June 2010) Vol. 32, No. 2: 229-252.
(2008) 'GATT in the Cold War: Accession Debates, Institutional Development, and the Western Alliance, 1947-1959' Journal of Cold War Studies Vol. 10, No. 3 (Summer 2008), pp. 78-109. This article was reviewed in H-Diplo. Please go to: http://www.h-net.org/%7ediplo/reviews/PDF/Eckes-Irwin-McKenzie.pdf
Awards and Distinctions
2012-13 - Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
2009-10 - USC Teaching Honor Roll, Award of Excellence in Teaching, UWO
I am on the editorial board for the series "New Approaches to International History" at Bloomsbury Press
“Race and Canada’s International History: Identity, Interests, and Interactions”, a workshop sponsored by the Weatherhead Centre for International Relations, Harvard University, 1-3 May 2013.
"Unpeaceable Exchange: Trade and Conflict in a Global Economy, 1000-2000." A Joint Workshop Between The University of Western Ontario and the Instituto de Ciências Socias. ICS - University of Lisbon. 16-17 July 2010. For more information please see: http://history.uwo.ca/Conferences/trade-and-conflict/