Dr. Kyle Falcon
- AMS Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History
PhD, Wilfrid Laurier, 2019
Telephone: 519-661-2111 x83645
Office Hours: By appointment only
Dr. Falcon is a historian of the British Empire in the First World War with an interest in the history of science, the history of religion and the history of emotions. His current research project focuses on the lives of Great War veterans between 1919 all the way into the 1980s. He is particularly interested in examining how disabled veterans coped with war-related debilities and the impact these had on their domestic lives, including rituals of home care, community support systems and spiritual resources. He is also currently writing a manuscript on spiritualism, psychical research and the legacy of the First World War in Britain.
Publications“The Voiceless Dead: Regina Trench, Francis Jenkins and Living and Dying on the Western Front” in Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief and Strength in Canada’s Great War, edited by Peter Farrugia and Evan Habkirk (University of British Columbia Press) (Spring 2021).
“Alan Leo (1860-1917)” in Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2018), pp. 199-201.
"Ghostly Tales, Dark Tourism and the (Un)Haunted Landscapes of the First World War", canadianmilitaryhistory.ca (October 2020).
“Shoemaker, Spiritualist, Cavalryman, Madman: The Strange Case of James Doody”, canadianmilitaryhistory.ca (January 2020).
“Commemorating the Somme 100 Years Later: Reflections on Memory and Remembrance”, canadianmilitaryhistory.ca (July 2016).
“Christmas in the Trenches: The Meaning of the Season During the Great War”, Esprit de Corps23, no. 11 (December 2016).
Awards and DistinctionsAMS Healthcare Postdoctoral Fellowship (Present).
Award for Outstanding Work at the Graduate Level, Wilfrid Laurier University, June 2019.
Nominated for the Academic Medal of Excellence, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2019.
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Doctoral Fellowship, 2016-2018.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013-2016.
Media Appearances and Public Engagements
Producer and host of the On War & Society podcast, LCSMSDS, Wilfrid Laurier University.
“Spiritualism played cultural role in First World War, finds researcher.” Craig Norris interview with Kyle Falcon, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo, The Morning Addition.
"Laurier doctoral research illuminates attempts to contact the spirits of the First World War". Wilfrid Laurier University.