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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

Gwyneth MacNeil, Ph.D. Student
M.A. History, University of Waterloo, 2014
B.A. Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo, 2013
- Environmental History
- Canadian History
- the Canadian North
- Aboriginal Peoples
I am interested in ecological and sociological consequences of the pollution and toxicity of 20th century industrialization on Aboriginal peoples in the Canadian North (specifically the Northwest Territories, and possibly the Yukon).
Supervisor(s): John Sandlos, Arn Keeling

Phillip Reid; Ph.D. Student
(MA Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University, 1998)
(BA 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
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Curtis B. Robinson; Ph.D. Student
(MA 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
MA History, Memorial University, 2013
BA 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 
BA (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

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

Edward Dodd; MA Student
(BA Hons, University of Regina)
*Edwardian Seafaring
*British Naval Policy
*British Imperialism
Supervisor: Dr. Valerie Burton

Darrell Hillier; MA Student 
BA, 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

Matthew King; MA Student
(BA, Memorial University)
*Film Noir
Supervisor: Dr. Dominque Brégent-Heald

Lynn Kristmanson; MA Student
BA with distinction - Art History - University of British Columbia 1999
BFA with distinction - Fine Arts Textiles - Alberta College of Arts 1998
*History of film
*History of Science and Medicine
Current Project: Representation of Degenerative Dementias in Postwar North American Film: My project will examine the representation of degenerative dementias in postwar North American film, exploring notions of personhood accrusing to individuals with dementia and revealing anxieties about how the disease confounds our understanding of self and identity.
Supervisor: Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

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

Jeffry Neuhouser; MA Student
(B.A. in History from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana)
*Gay and Lesbian History/LGBT History
*Women's History
*Civil Rights
*History of Church Thought
*Social History
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Kennedy

Liam O'Keefe; MA Student
* Rock music history and historiography
* Psychedelic rock and culture
* Popular music marketing
* Music criticism
Supervisor: Skip Fischer

Andy Post; MA Student
MA in English, Dalhousie University, 2014
BA in English, University of Arizona, 2011
*British Isles, British Imperial, and colonial North American history
*The transition from the First to the Second British Empire
*Canada's and Newfoundland's roles in the evolution of Liberal Imperial ideology
*Newfoundland nationalism and constitutional history
*Romanticism and the politics of tradition
Current Project: "Newfoundland, Reeveland": My M.A. paper will explore John Reeves's 'History of the Government of Newfoundland' (1793) as an outgrowth of his reactionary politics that evolved during the French Revolution.  I will be attempting to synthesise a single portrait of a man who, as Newfoundland's Chief Justice, is remembered as the architect of liberal government on the Island; but who, as chief magistrate of a small London neighbourhood, actively harassed known radicals advocating for democratic reform; and who, for his contributions to the loyalist press, was eventually charged with (though acquitted of) seditious libel against the British constitution for being too staunch a monarchist.
Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Webb

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