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Michelle A. Hamilton
- Director, M.A. Public History Program

Michelle Hamilton

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mhamilt3@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84973
Office: LWH 1223
Office Hours: TBA

Research Interests

Professor Hamilton is a Public Historian whose research focuses on historical and contemporary issues surrounding museums and heritage, social memory and commemoration, cultural identity and issues of representation, usually in regards to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Currently Teaching:

HIS 4213F - Life, Love and Death in Early Canada
HIS 9801B - Public History Group Project

Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Timothy Compeau

Timothy Compeau

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: tcompeau@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84908
Office: LWH 1202
Office Hours:  Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm

Research Interests

Professor Compeau researches the cultural history of colonial North America and the Atlantic World with a special interest in honour culture and loyalism in the American Revolution. He also explores the application of augmented reality technology for public history.

Currently Teaching:

HIS 9808A - Digital Public History


Michael Dove
- Internship Coordinator, M.A. Public History Program

Michael Dove

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: mdove2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84996
Office: LWH 1207
Office Hours: Mondays 12:00-2:00pm

Research Interests

Professor Dove's research revolves around the social and economic history of the maritime world, with a special interest in the commercial trading companies that operated during the Early Modern Period (c. 1500-1800).

Currently Teaching:

HIS 2188B - Pirates & Piracy on the World’s Seas and in the Public Imagination
HIS 2201E - Canada: Origins to the Present (Summer)
HIS 3813E - Public History
HIS 9800A - Public History: Theory, History and Practice


Alan MacEachern
- Acting-Graduate Chair, Department of History

Alan MacEachern

Position: Professor
Email: amaceach@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: LWH 2268
Office Hours: Thursdays 9:30-11:30am or by appointment.

Research Interests

Professor MacEachern is an environmental historian of Canada.

Currently Teaching:

HIS 2189B - History at the Movies
HIS 9823B - Professional Development

Doctoral Level Supervisor Privileges


Shelley McKellar

Shelley McKellar

Position: Associate Professor
Email: smckell@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84990
Office: LWH 2227
Office Hours: On sabbatical leave 2016-2017
History of Medicine at Western

Research Interests

Professor McKellar studies the history of medicine and disease, with a special interest in the history of medical technology, instruments and devices, the history of surgery, and medical biography. She is also the curator of the Western Medical Artifact Collection.

Currently Teaching:

On sabbatical leave 2016-2017

Doctoral Level Supervisor Privileges


Robert MacDougall
Graduate Chair

Robert MacDougall

Position: Associate Professor
Email: rmacdou@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85305
Office: LWH 2228
Office Hours:  Mondays 1:00-3:00pm and by appointment

Research Interests

Professor MacDougall studies the history of the late 19th and 20th century United States with a special focus on the cultural and political history of information, communication, science, and technology.

Currently Teaching:

HIS 2301E - The United States, Colonial Period to the Present
HIS 9805A - Writing History

Doctoral Level Supervisor Privileges


Aldona Sendzikas
- Co-Director, Program in American Studies at Western

Aldona Sendzikas

Position: Associate Professor
Email: asendzi2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84377
Office: LWH 1222
Office Hours: (Fall) Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm; (Winter) Tuesdays 1:30-2:30pm

Research Interests

Professor Sendzikas specializes in 20th century U.S. and military history. Her research interests include the U.S. Submarine Service, particularly during WWII; prisoner of war issues;Canada-U.S. relations; and Cold War culture and society

Currently Teaching:

HIS 2137B - Draft Dodgers, Hippies, and Black Panthers: The U.S. in the 1960s
HIS 3326F - Atomic America: The US during the 1960s
HIS 9308B - The United States and the Cold War

Doctoral Level Supervision Privileges


Don Spanner

Don Spanner

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: dspanner@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83645
Office: LWH 2201
Office Hours: By Appointment

Research Interests

Professor Spanner's research interests include Archival Studies, Reference Services and Outreach Development, Conservation and Preservation Management and Ontario History

Currently Teaching:

HIS 9806A - Understanding Archives: The Management of Primary Sources in the Digital Age


William J. Turkel

William J. Turkel

Position: Professor
Email: wturkel@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87433
Office: LWH 2267
Office Hours: (Fall) Mondays 2:30-3:20pm 

Research Interests

Professor Turkel research interests include computational history, Big History, STS, physical computing, desktop fabrication and electronics.

Currently Teaching:

Digital Humanities 1011B - Programming
HIS 2816A / Digital Humanities 2130A - Introduction to Digital History
HIS 9877A - Digital Research Methods
HIS 9832B - Interactive Exhibit Design

Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Jonathan F.W. Vance

Jonathan F.W. Vance

Position: Professor
Email: jvance@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84974
Office: LWH 2247
Office Hours: Mondays, 1:00-2:00pm and Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00pm

Research Interests

Professor Vance teaches military history, Canadian history, and social memory. His current research focuses on the First World War, Canadian culture, and prisoners of war. He also curates the Wartime Canada collection.

Currently Teaching:

HIS 1810E - Wars that Changed the World
HIS 2186B - Zombie Apocalypse: Panic and Paranoia from the Black Death to Y2K
HIS 4709E - The First World War: A Revolutionary Experience
HIS 9809A - Social Memory

Doctoral Level supervisory privileges