History Graduate Student Association (HGSA)

Welcome to the HGSA at Western!

The History Graduate Student Association plays a key role in the graduate community at Western. We act as a liaison between the Department of History and graduate organizations across campus. The HGSA plans social events, network opportunities, and assists professional development opportunities within the department. The HGSA holds bi-monthly meetings to discuss department concerns, plans, and ideas. Membership is free. All graduate students enrolled in the Department of History are considered members of the HGSA.

Our HGSA Constitution

Upcoming Events 

Department Events

  • September Orientation
  • History movie nights
  • Trivia nights
  • Fundraising events
  • Faculty and Graduate student coffee/tea hours
  • Department Christmas party

Select Committees and Groups

The HGSA holds elections each fall and spring.  There are a number of committees affiliated with the HGSA that are open for members to join.

McCaffrey Speakers Series

The McCaffrey seminars are a lecture series held once a month in the history department and offer graduate students the opportunity to share their research. Upper year graduate students are encouraged to apply in the summer before the school year begins in the fall. The HGSA elects a student in the spring term each year to organize the seminar series with the department.
McCaffrey Series Coordinator: Heather Ellis

Pathways to the Past, Western Graduate History Conference

The graduate student conference held on April 26-27, 2019 was an outstanding success. With twenty-six graduate student papers, the conference demonstrated the excellent research being undertaken by Canadian graduate students. Panels covered a wide variety of topics from international, medical, environmental, and Cold War histories, just to name a few. Alongside Western graduate students in history, philosophy, and theory & critical studies, presenters from other Canadian universities such as Queen’s, Concordia, and McMaster also participated.

The keynote and opening talk was delivered by Professor Susan Nance from the University of Guelph on animal history and their place in the rodeo. Her talk revealed the complex and important role animals have had in shaping the history of the rodeo, and with it, western society of North America.

The conference concluded with a roundtable on digital history by Western professors Rob MacDougall, Laurel Shire, and William Turkel with Ph.D. candidate Carla Joubert. Their advice helped those in attendance to rethink how they conducted research and helped to demystify digital research methods.


2018-19 Co-Chairs: Bryan McClure and Allen Priest
2019-20 Chair: Jessi Gilchrist (jgilchr4@uwo.ca)

Executive Positions

Chair: Blake Butler and Cristina Stoica
Secretary: J.J. Nattrass
Treasurer: Ryan McLachlan
Social Committee Representative: Andrew Hawkes
Graduate Committee Representative: Emily Clink
Public History Representative: Madeline Shaw
EDI Committee Representative: Sara Khorshid

Appointments Committee Representative: Avi Shaver
Social Media Coordinator: Andrew Hawke
Undergraduate Liaison: Keely Shaw
PSAC Local 610 Departmental Stewards: Michael Feagan 
SOGS Councillors: Kate Cormier and Thomas Dumoulin
McCaffrey Series Coordinator - Heather Ellis

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at historygsa@uwo.ca 

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