Our Faculty

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 

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