Faculty Directory

Ruramisai Charumbira

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Position: Associate Professor
Email: rcharumb@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86521

Office: LWH 1220

Research Interests

African feminist theory; history and memory; indigenous ways of knowing; nature, spirits, and culture, empire and resistance.

Michael Dove
Director and Internship Coordinator, MA Public History Field

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: mdove2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84996

Office: LWH 1207

Research Interests

Professor Dove specializes in public history, Canadian sports 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. His current research projects include London’s historic Labatt Park, the oldest continually operating baseball grounds in the world, the history of hockey in the Forest City, and a business and cultural history of London’s O-Pee-Chee Company.

Master's level supervisory privileges

Marta Dyczok

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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

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

Research Interests

Professor Flath specializes in visual and material culture, as well as the history of monuments, museums, and commemoration. Please see his research and publication page for more information.

Website: Nianhua Gallery:A Study of Chinese Folk Art  https://history.uwo.ca/nianhua/

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges

Keith Fleming

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Position: Professor
Email: kfleming@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83645

Office: LWH 1208

Research Interests

Professor Keith Fleming is currently working on several projects. The first is a "new" political history of Ontario spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries that he's 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 perspectives reasonably deemed "Ontarian." 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

Cody Groat

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Assistant Professor 
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 82614

Office: LWH 2224

Assistant Professor Cody Groat's research interests can broadly be defined as 'public history.' More specifically, he is interested in the commemoration, preservation and stewardship of Indigenous cultural heritage and 'historic sites' by provincial, federal, and international bodies. He is also interested in diverse aspects of Indigenous cultural heritage including archaeological sites, documentary heritage, intangible cultural heritage, and cultural landscapes. His research is influenced by his work as a heritage practitioner, primarily as the President of the Indigenous Heritage Circle, but also through partnerships such as the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and other Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations.

Monda Halpern

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Position: 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

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Position: 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 Indigenous peoples in Canada.

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges

Mitchell Hammond

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: mhammo42@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 88860

Office: LWH 2218

Research Interests

Assistant Professor Mitchell Hammond researches the social and medical history of early modern Europe with a focus on German cities in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He is also interested in the history of public health and the impact of epidemic diseases in the modern world.

Peter V. Krats

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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
Undergraduate Chair

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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

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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

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

Research Interests

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

 Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges

Margaret McGlynn

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Position: Professor and Vice Provost, Academic Planning, Policy and Faculty
Email: mmcglyn@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-850-2900
Office: LWH 1206

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

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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

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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

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Position: Professor
Email: fmckenzi@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 87637

Office: LWH 2236

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

Sara Morrison

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Position: Associate Professor
Email: smorri5@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 81297
Office: StvH 2124

Research Interests

Associate Professor Sara Morrison specializes in the early modern history of Europe, England, women, Queenship and Power. Her research focuses on the legal and environmental history of English royal forests and stewardship of pre-modern resources.

Eli Nathans
Graduate Chair

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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
Chair, Department of History                                                                                                                                       

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Position: Associate Professor
Email: nrhoden@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84964
Office: LWH 2201B

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
Director, Program in International Relations

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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

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Position: Associate Professor
Email: asendzi2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84377


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)

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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

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Position: Associate Professor
Email: lshire@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 83645

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

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Position: Professor
Email: wturkel@uwo.ca

Office: LWH 2267

Research Interests

Professor Turkel's research interests include computational history, big history, STS, disability studies and disability history, physical computing and desktop fabrication, electronics, sound and esoterica.

Master's & Doctoral Level supervisory privileges

Jonathan F. Vance

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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

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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

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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

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Position: Assistant Professor, PhD, FRHistS
Email: wacres@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-438-7224 ext. 608
Office: 2245

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

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: tcompeau@uwo.ca
Office Hours: By appointment

Research Interests

Professor Compeau researches the British Empire in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a special interest in honour culture and loyalism. He also researches public history and social memory.

Oleksa Drachewych

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: odrachew@uwo.ca
Telephone:  519-661-2111 ext. 88552
Office: 2233

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.

Michael S. Fulton

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Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: 519-661-3645

Office: LWH 2265

Professor Fulton studies the history and archaeology of conflict during the Middle Ages, focusing primarily on the crusades and interactions in the Levant during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Andrew Iarocci

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: aiarocc@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-3645
Office: LWH 2237

Research Interests

Assistant Professor Iarocci's research interests encompass twentieth-century warfare, military transportation and procurement, and more generally, the material culture of modern conflict.

Amber Lloydlangston

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: alloydla@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-3645
Office: LWH 2245

Don Spanner

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

Research Interests

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

Cary Takagaki

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

Research Interests

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

Jeffery Vacante

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Position: Assistant Professor
Email: jvacant2@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 89269
Office: LWH 1221

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

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Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor

Professor Berest is a specialist in Russian and European Intellectual History, with a focus on liberal ideas and the reception of Western liberal thought in pre-revolutionary Russia. Her monograph, The Emergence of Russian Liberalism: Alexander Kunitsyn in Context 1783-1840, explores the development of Russian liberal tradition through the life and writings of one of its earliest exponents— Alexander Kunitsyn, who brought to Russia the ideas of the eighteenth century Enlightenment philosophers. Among her recent publications is a series of articles on the reception of J. S. Mill in Russia, and an article that examines the theme of happiness in Russian pre-revolutionary thought.

Shauna Devine

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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. 

Peter J. Henshaw

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Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: phenshaw@pco-bcp.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-952-4898

Research Interests

Dr. Henshaw studies British imperial and Commonwealth history, with a particular focus on 20th century southern Africa and Canada. His current interest is in John Buchan and identity formation in the “British world”, including the origins of multiculturalism. He has also worked on the military and bureaucratic politics of Anglo-Canadian decisions leading to the launch the Dieppe raid in 1942.

Vivian McAlister

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Position: Adjunct Professor

Dr. McAlister is a physician who researches the medical and military history of Canada. He was a transplant surgeon and a military surgeon before joining the department of history. He is the Canadian president of the James IV Association of Surgeons. His selected works are available here.

Geoffrey C. Stewart

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Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: gstewa4@uwo.ca

Research Interests

I am international historian whose research focuses on the United States in the World, situating America’s global engagement at the intersection of decolonization and the Cold War.

Master's level supervisory privileges

Mark Tovey

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Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email: mark@uwo.ca
PhD, Carleton, 2011

Professor Tovey studies the history of astronomy and space travel, with a special interest in the material culture of astronomical instruments, models, and art. He is the curator of the Cronyn Observatory. He also works on the development of online projects involving digital platforms, partnering in the award-winning Hear Here London.


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.