Faculty Directory

Michael Dove
Director and 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

Research Interests

Professor Dove specializes in public history, early Canadian history, and the business and social history of the global maritime world in the Early Modern Period (c.1500-1800). He is especially interested in the operation of commercial trading companies including the Hudson’s Bay Company, as well as the growth and decline of piracy during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

 Master's level supervisory privileges


Marta Dyczok

Marta Dyczok

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mdyczok@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84982
Office: LWH 2246

Research Interests

Professor Dyczok specializes in international politics and history, with a focus on East Central Europe and Eurasia, and specifically Ukraine. Her research interests are on the politics of history, mass media, migration, post-communism and World War II.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


James Flath

James Flath

Position: Professor
Email: jflath@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84989
Office: LWH 2234

Research Interests

Professor James Flath’s current research interests concentrate on modern Chinese cultural history. His first book The Cult of Happiness looked at the world of the North China village through the medium of folk print (nianhua). Prof. Flath's latest project, Traces of the Sage, indulges his ongoing interest in Chinese historical commemoration and heritage conservation. Please see his research and publication page for more information.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Keith Fleming

Keith Fleming

On Sabbatical Leave 2019/20
Position: Professor
Email: kfleming@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84967

Office: LWH 1208

Research Interests

Currently I'm working on several projects. The first is a "new" political history of Ontario spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries that I'm writing for the University of Toronto Press. Unlike previous surveys of Ontario's history which overstate the province's regional divisions and diversity, a central objective of the book will be to describe how a distinctively Upper Canadian/Ontario identity evolved over time, and in particular since the mid-eighteenth century, by focusing on the political, social, cultural and economic events that contributed to the formation of provincial attitudes and prespectives reasonably deemed "Ontarian." The book will be comparable in scope to three excellent regional/provincial studies also published by University of Toronto Press: Gerald Friesen, The Canadian Prairies: A History (1984), Jean Barman, The West Beyond the West: A History of British Columbia (1993), and Sean A. Cadigan, Newfoundland and Labrador: A History (2009).  The second project is a history of political protest and dissent throughout Canadian history from the nineteenth century to the present.  The third project is an entry in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography of George Howard Ferguson (1870-1946), the former Ontario Conservative premier and Canadian high commissioner in London.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Monda Halpern

Monda Halpern

Position: Associate Professor
Email: halpern@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84980
Office: LWH 2266

Research Interests

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

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Michelle A. Hamilton

Michelle Hamilton

Position: Associate Professor
Email: mhamilt3@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84973
Office: LWH 2216

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.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Luz Maria Hernández-Sáenz

Luz Maria Mernandez Saenz

Position: Professor
Email: lmhs@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84978
Office: STVH 2124

Research Interests

Professor Hernández-Sáenz is a social historian who specializes in Mexico's medical profession and institutions during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is presently working on the influence of French medicine in the organization of health care and sanitation in Mexico.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Peter V. Krats

Peter V. Krats

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: pkrats@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84983
Office: STVH 2123

Research Interests

Professor Krats studies the "resource frontier" of provinces, especially Ontario; immigration, notably Finnish, is another interest. He is working on a comparison of "northern resource development" in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula and the Sudbury region of Northeastern Ontario.

Master's level supervisory privileges


Robert MacDougall

Robert MacDougall

Position: Associate Professor
Email: rmacdou@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85305
Office: LWH 2228

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.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Alan MacEachern

Alan MacEachern

Position: Professor
Email: amaceach@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: LWH 2268

Research Interests

Professor MacEachern is an environmental historian of Canada.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Allyson May

Allyson May

Position: Associate Professor
Email: amay6@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85272
Office: LWH 1205

Research Interests

Professor May is a specialist in 18th and 19th century Britain.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Margaret McGlynn

Margaret McGlynn

Position: Professor and Associate Dean (Faculty and Operations, Faculty of Social Science)
Email: mmcglyn@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84981/88099
Office: LWH 1206/ SSC 9438

Research Interests

Professor McGlynn's current research interests all deal with the relationship between the Church and the law in late medieval and early Tudor England.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Shelley McKellar

Shelley McKellar

Position: Professor
Email: smckell@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84990
Office: LWH 2227
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.

 Master's & Doctoral Level Supervisor Privileges


Katherine McKenna

Katherine McKenna

Position: Associate Professor
Email: kmckenna@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84979
Office: LWH 3246

Research Interests

Professor McKenna is a specialist in 18th and early 19th century history of women and gender in the North Atlantic. She also researches in the area of violence against women and children and is developing new work on East African colonial women's and gender history.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Francine McKenzie
Chair, Department of History

Francine McKenzie

Position: Professor
Email: fmckenzi@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84964

Office: LWH 2201B

Research Interests

Professor McKenzie is an international historian who works on the history of international organizations, global trade, and the British Commonwealth – especially on Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Eli Nathans

Eli Nathans

Position: Associate Professor
Email: enathans@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84977
Office: LWH 2217

Research Interests

Professor Nathans has published a history of German citizenship policies and an examination of the conduct of a leading official of the Nazi administration of justice. In 2017 Palgrave Macmillan published his analysis of the life and work of a prominent West German radio and television journalist, Peter von Zahn's Cold War Broadcasts to West Germany. Assessing America.  The study focuses on postwar West German debates about the weaknesses and strengths, possibilities and deficiencies, of republican forms of state and society and, in particular, of the United States.  Although Peter von Zahn's American broadcasts date to the 1950s, the subjects on which he focused, the questions he posed, and the insights his work contains, remain relevant to the challenges that continue to face the United States and parliamentary regimes around the world.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Nancy Rhoden
Graduate Chair

Nancy Rhoden

Position: Associate Professor
Email: nrhoden@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84970
Office: STVH 2122

Research Interests

Professor Rhoden is a specialist in colonial British America and the American Revolution, with particular interests in religious and social history.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Frank Schumacher

Frank Schumacher

Position: Associate Professor
Email: fschuma@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84987
Office: LWH 2235

Research Interests

Professor Schumacher specializes in international and transnational history with a focus on the role of the United States in world affairs, the history of empires and colonialism, and the global history of genocide and mass violence.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory 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

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

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Maya Shatzmiller
Director, Middle East & North Africa Research Group (MENARG)

Maya Shatzmiller

Position: Professor
Email: maya@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84994

Office: LWH 2229

Research Interests

Professor Maya Shatzmiller is a specialist in the social and economic history of the medieval Islamic world and author of several books on the subject, among them 'Labour in the Medieval Islamic World' and 'Women's property Rights in 15th century Granada'. Her project of writing the economic history of medieval Islamic societies in several volumes is under way with the current volume devoted to the monetary history.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Laurel Shire
Co-Director, Program in American Studies at Western

Laurel Shire

Position: Associate Professor
Email: lshire@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84991

Office: LWH 2226

Research Interests

Professor Shire is a social and cultural historian whose research focuses on the United States in the nineteenth century, especially the relationship between race, gender, and U.S. expansion. Her research connects scholarship on North American borderlands, Western and Southern U.S. history, the Atlantic world, Native and African American studies, and women’s history.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


William J. Turkel
Research Chair

William J. Turkel

Position: Professor
Email: wturkel@uwo.ca

Office: LWH 2267

Research Interests

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

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Jonathan F.W. Vance
Undergraduate Chair

Jonathan F.W. Vance

Position: Professor
Email: jvance@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84974
Office: LWH 2247

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.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Robert Wardhaugh

Robert Wardhaugh

Position: Professor
Email: rwardhau@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84969
Office: LWH 2263

Research Interests

Professor Wardhaugh is a historian of twentieth-century Canada. His areas include political history and the history of the Prairie West.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


Carl F. Young

Carl F. Young

Position: Associate Professor
Email: cyoung73@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84910
Office: LWH 2225

Research Interests

Professor Young's research interests focus on religious social movements, nationalism, and imperialism in modern Asia, centering especially on Korea and Japan. He also has a strong interest in comparative world history and cross-cultural interaction between different world regions, focusing on Asia as a case study.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


 

Part Time Faculty

William Acres

William Acres

Position: Assistant Professor, PhD, FRHistS
Email: wacres@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519 438-7224 ext. 608
Office: N/A

Research Interests

Professor Acres current work 'Breaking Trust and the New England Company at the Grand River Mission, 1827-1934' and 'John Strype, New Histories and Old Religion, 1680-1737'


Timothy Compeau

Timothy Compeau

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: tcompeau@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83645
Office: LwH 2201

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.


Oleksa Drachewych

Drachewych

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: odrachew@uwo.ca
Telephone:  519-661-2111 ext. 84922
Office: LWH 2245

Research Interests

  • Professor Drachewych’s research interests focus on the history of Russian foreign policy, the history of international communism, and transnational anti-imperialism. Professor Drachewych has also authored several book reviews in Canadian Slavonic Papers, Europe-Asia Studies, Revolutionary Russia, and elsewhere. He serves as a reviews editor for H-Russia.

Jason Dyck

Jason Dyck

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: jdyck3@uwo.ca
Telephone:519-661-2111 ext. 84992

Office: 2237
Website:https://jasoncdyck.com/
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8157-0125

Research Interests

Professor Dyck is a historian of the early modern Spanish world with a special interest in colonial Latin America. His research focuses on colonial religion, missionary work, and the craft of sacred history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Andrew Iarocci

Andrew Iarocci

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: aiarocc@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84992
Office: LWH 2237

Research Interests

My research interests encompass twentieth-century warfare, military transportation and procurement, and more generally, the material culture of modern conflict.


Amber Lloydlangston

Lloyd Langston

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: alloydla@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84922
Office: LWH 2245

Research Interests

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Don Spanner

Don Spanner

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

Research Interests

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


Cary Takagaki

Cary Takagaki

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: ctakagak@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 80155
Office: LWH 2244

Research Interests

Professor Takagaki's research interests include East Asian Studies and Japanese Studies.


Jeffery Vacante

Jeffery Vacante

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: jvacant2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 89269
Office: LWH 2218

Research Interests

Professor Vacante is a Canadian historian who specializes in the intellectual, political, and gender history of Quebec. His work examines Quebec nationalism in the twentieth century.

Master's and Co-Doctoral Level supervisory privileges


 

Adjunct Faculty

Julia Berest

Julia Berest

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: jberest2@uwo.ca

Research Interests

Professor Berest is an intellectual historian specializing in modern Russian thought and political culture. Her research focuses on the history of Russian liberal tradition and the impact of Western European ideas on the development of Russian thought in the 19th century. Her monograph, The Emergence of Russian Liberalism: Alexander Kunitsyn in Context, 1783-1840 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) examined the intellectual legacy of the pioneer of Russian liberalism, whose writings transmitted Kantian philosophy of personal autonomy to the Russian audience. In her current project, Professor Berest analyzes the reception of the British philosopher and economist John Stuart Mill in Imperial Russia. She has published several articles analyzing the Russian responses to Mill’s diverse writings, including his iconic works on women’s rights and individual liberty.  


Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie

Position: Adjunct Research Professor
Email: nchrist8@uwo.ca


Research Interests

Professor Christie is a cultural historian with a primary interest in the history of gender, the state, the history of consumption, the history of political thought, and the history of the British empire\transatlantic world.

Masters level supervisory privileges


Shauna Devine

Shauna Devine

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: sdevine7@uwo.ca

Professor Devine's research and teaching interests focus on the social, cultural and military history of the United States, particularly the Civil War era, with a special interest in medicine and science during and after the war. Her first book, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science. (The University of North Carolina Press, 2014), examines the work of doctors who served in the Union Medical Department, and explores how their innovations in the midst of crisis transformed northern medical education and gave rise to the healing power of modern health science. Professor Devine's next research project tentatively entitled Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Civil War South and Reconstruction examines medical practice in the Civil War south, which will be published as a companion volume to her work on medical practice in the north. She  is also working on two commissioned works from the United States Army Medical Department in conjunction with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, which examine the larger impact of war on American medicine. 


Andrew Iarocci

Andrew Iarocci

Position: Assistant Professor
Email: aiarocc@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84992
Office: LWH 2237

Research Interests

My research interests encompass twentieth-century warfare, military transportation and procurement, and more generally, the material culture of modern conflict.


Barbara Murison

Barbara Murison

Position: Adjunct Professor
Email: bmurison@uwo.ca

Research Interests

Professor Murison’s research interests include English and Scottish history in the early modern period, the history of the first British Empire and the Scottish diaspora in all its aspects. She is currently investigating the Scottish Enlightenment’s views on women: were ‘Ancient or Modern Manners’ to be preferred?.

Master's level supervisory privileges


Mark Tovey

Mark Tovey

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: mark@uwo.ca
PhD, Carleton, 2011
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84971
Office: Lawson Hall 2239

Professor Tovey is a public historian and cognitive scientist whose research focuses on neighbourhood history and architectural heritage, applications of the internet to public history, geo-locative technologies, 3D modelling of historical buildings and artifacts, theatre history and theatrical re-enactment, historical and contemporary issues surrounding museums and heritage, and the intersections between public history and public astronomy.


 

Cross Appointed Faculty

Rande Kostal

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Position: Cross-Appointed Professor
Email: rwk@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88415
Office: LB 18

Research Interests

Professor Kostal's research interests are focused in the field of modern Anglo-American legal history.

 

Visiting Faculty

Ariel Beaujot

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Position: Visiting Associate Professor
Email: abeaujot@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext.84986
Office: LWH 1223

Research Interests

Professor Ariel Beaujot is a public historian who focuses on the stories of everyday life.  She is currently writing a book, Comfortable Lies, Uncomfortable Truths: Public History, Private Memory and Race in 21st Century North America.  The overall purpose of the work is to reveal the unspoken and underlying issues in our culture and to use history as a way of challenging the exclusive narratives of the past.

Teaching Experience:

In 2018-19 Beaujot is a Visiting Scholar at Western University on sabbatical from her position at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse.  She has no teaching this year.  Her teaching areas include: Public History, Material Culture, World History, European History, British History, and Empire/Colonialism.