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Dominique Bregent-Heald

August 2009, taken by Delphine Bregent

Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Department of History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Phone: (709) 864-8430
Fax: (709) 864-2164


B.A. University of Toronto (1995)
M.A. George Washington University (1997)
Ph.D. Duke University (2004)

Research/Teaching Fields

U.S. Film History; North American Borders, Borderlands, and Frontiers; Comparative History of the North American West; U.S. Cultural History and Popular Culture; U.S.-Canadian Relations; Tourism.

Selected Publications

  • “Vacationland: Film, Tourism, and Selling Canada, 1897-1948,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 21, no. 2 (November 2012).
  • “Big Spy Country: Film and the U.S.-Canada Borderlands during the Second World War,” 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies 29 (Summer 2012)
  • "Women in Between: Representations of Gender, Race, and Nation in Ramona and The Barrier." Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies 31, no. 2 (2010): 145-176.
  • "The Redcoat and the Ranger: Screening Bilateral Friendship in Cecil B. DeMille's Northwest Mounted Police (1940)." American Review of Canadian Studies 38, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 43-60.
  • "Primitive Encounters" Film and Tourism in the North American West," Western Historical Quarterly 38, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 47-68.
  • "The Tourism of Titillation: Film and Cross-Border Tourism in Niagara Falls and Tijuana," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 17 (2006): 181-205.
  • "Dark Limbo: Film Noir and the North American Borders," Journal of American Culture 29, vol. 2 (June 2006): 125-138.

Current Research Projects

  • Borderland Films: American Cinema, Mexico, and Canada during the Progressive Era (Forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2015).
  • The Northern Getaway: Film, Tourism, and Canadian National Identity (book-length manuscript).