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Graduate Students

Emma Lang; Ph.D. Student
(M.A. Museum Studies, George Washington University, 2010)
(B.A. History as a Means for Social Change, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007)
I'm interested in unions and worker-oriented mutual aid societies in maritime communities in Atlantic Canada and New England in the early twentieth century. I'll be focusing on how interactions between communities in the region and across the North Atlantic world influenced their development. As a museum professional I'm also interested in looking into how the preservation of these histories can benefit the communities today.
Supervisor: Sean Cadigan

Phillip Reid; Ph.D. Student
(M.A. Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University, 1998)
(B.A. Humanities and Social Sciences, Hendrix College, 1990)
*Technological history of the ship
*Tecnology, society and culture
*Atlantic World
*Maritime history
Current Project:  "Merchant Ship Technology and the Development of the British Atlantic Empire, 1600-1800"
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Kennedy
Curriculum Vitae

Curtis B. Robinson; Ph.D. Student
(M.A. Nipissing University)
*Canada in the Great War
*international relations, war and society
*Stalin's Russia
*modern Germany
*theory and methods.
Current Research: Canadians, the Hun and the origins of insecurity.  I am interested in the duality between domestic surveillance agencies and wider society where the agency acts as a national muscle of morality or an agency of social control.
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Sweeny

Michael R. Westcott; Ph.D. Student
(M.A. History, Memorial University, 2013)
(B.A. (Hons.) Religious Studies, Memorial University, 2012)
*Newfoundland and Labrador History
*Canadian History*Military History
*War and Society
My primary area of interest is the impact that social, economic, and military mobilization during the First World War had on people in the home front.  My current research focuses on the relationship between changing wartime ideals of gender, ethnicity, and class, and concepts of citizenship in Newfoundland and Labrador during the First World War.
Current Project: "Transforming Citizenship in a British Dominion at War: Gender, Class, and Race in the Newfoundland Home Front, 1914-1918"
Supervisor: Dr. Sean Cadigan

George Withers; Ph.D. Student 
*Newfoundland Resettlement
Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Webb

James Armour; MA Student 
(B.A. (Hons.) History and Political Science, McGill University, 1989)
I am currently taking a closer look at some of the major themes that run through late nineteenth century Newfoundland.  These include: the building of a trans-insular railway; landward economic development; the creation of a fisheries commission; the emergence of a daily press; and the impact of geological surveys and early science on local politics.
Current Project: The Life, Times and Influence of The Reverend Moses Harvey (1820-1901)
Supervisor: Dr. Sean Cadigan

Sydney Burton; MA Student
(B.A. History, St. Francis Xavier University, 2013)
*Byzantine and Christine History
*Medieval European History
*Gender History
Supervisor: Dr. Marica Cassis

Stefanie Comeau; MA Student
(B.A. History, Saint Mary's University, 2015)
*Acadian History
*Atlantic History
Supervisor: Dr. Robert Sweeny

Christine De Brabandere; MA Student
(B.A. Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University, 2015)
* Medieval European history
* Medieval Religion
* Late Medieval/ Renaissance literature
* Currently studying death and burial rituals in Late Medieval England during the Black Death
Supervisor: Dr. Sebastien Rossignol

Darrell Hillier; MA Student 
(B.A. History and Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, Memorial University, 1997)
*World War Two Canadian, American, and British (Ferry Command) air force operations in Newfoundland and Labrador
*Gander airport, World War Two
*Aviation archaeology
Current Project: "Stars, Stripes and Sacrifice: Wartime Grief Narratives for an American Bomber Crew"
My research will explore the wartime crash of an American B-24 Liberator bomber near Gander airfield, the loss of its ten-man crew, and the impact of that loss on family members on the American homefront.  I will also examine the process that saw this crew and other American personnel buried in Newfoundland and Labrador repatriated in 1947.
Supervisor: Dr. Michael O'Brien

Gladdale Matthews; MA Student
(B.A., Memorial University 2014; B.Ed., Memorial University, 2015)
*Residential Schools
*Aboriginal History
*Canadian History
*Social History
Current Project: Aboriginal/Canadian History of Education
Supervisor: Dr. John Sandlos

Andy Post; MA Student
(M.A. English, Dalhousie University, 2014)
(B.A. English, University of Arizona, 2011)
*British Isles, British Imperial, and colonial North American history
*The transition from the First to the Second British Empire
*Newfoundland and Canada's roles in the evolution of "Liberal Imperial" ideology
Current Project: My M.A. paper will re-evaluate John Reeves's 'History of the Government of Newfoundland' (1793) as an outgrowth of his anti-revolutionary politics.  My immediate goal is to explore how Reeves's tenure as Newfoundland's first Chief Justice shaped his subsequent career as Chief Magistrate of the Savoy district of London.  My larger goal is to explain why Reeves, an increasingly fierce monarchist venerated as the father of liberal government in Newfoundland, was charged with (and acquitted of) seditious libel against the British Consitution in 1796.
Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Webb

Joan Sullivan; MA Student 
Newfoundland's Collective Theatre Plays of the 1970s & 1980s
Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Webb