Graduate Students

Ph.D Candidates

Allison Bennett

M.A. (History), Memorial University, 2014

Research Interests: War and Society; Gender History; History of Medicine; Holocaust Studies

Current Research: My research will focus on soldiers of the British Army who contracted venereal disease while serving in the Middle East during the First World War. I will primarily consider conceptions of "masculinity"; the contexts of soldiers' sexual encounters and "race"; and how contracting venereal disease influenced soldiers' pensions and their place in post-war society.

Supervisor:Dr. Justin Fantauzzo

Mariah Cooper

B.A. History, Trent University, 2014
B.Ed., Queen's University, 2016
M.A., History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2017

Research Interests: Medieval women's history and gender studies; medieval memory construction; medieval literature

Current Research: Examining fourteenth-century courtly romances' representations of elite women and comparing them to the rights and positions of similar real-life noblewomen in French and English societies. Through a combined examination of legal, conduct and religious texts as well as the lives of extraordinary women, my research objectives are to expose the hidden truths about medieval female identities embedded within these presumed fictional tales.

Co-Supervisors:Dr. Sébastien Rossignol and Dr. John Geck

Gene Long

M.A. History, Memorial University, 1993

Current Interests: Archival framing of the Labrador Boundary Decision of 1927.

Supervisor:Dr. Sean Cadigan

Christopher Reid

M.A. History, Memorial University, 2014

Research Interests: First World War; British Empire at War; War & Society; Newfoundland History.

Current Project: Islands at War: First World War Experience and Memory in Britain's Atlantic Realm, 1914-1939. My research will analyze soldiers' experiences of the First World War and their collective memorization of the war within three, war-raised battalions from Newfoundland, the British West Indies, and Northern Ireland.

Supervisor:Dr. Justin Fantauzzo

Norman B. Potter

B.A. History, Mount Royal University, 2016

Research Interests: American cultural history, Mexican-American relations, borderlands, Canadian cultural history

Current Research: Popular construction of the Calgary Stampede.

Supervisor:Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

Curtis B. Robinson

M.A. Nipissing University

Research Interests: Espionage; Canada in the Great War; international relations, war and society; Stalin's Russia; modern Germany; historiography; 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

M.A. History, Memorial University, 2013

Research Interests: Newfoundland and Labrador History; Canadian History; Military History; War and Society.

Current Research:Transforming Citizenship in a British Dominion at War: Gender, Class, and Race in the Newfoundland Home Front, 1914-1918. 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.

Supervisor:Dr. Sean Cadigan

M.A. Candidates

Norma Alford

B.A. History - York University, 2004

Specialized Honours B.A. British History - York University, 2014

Honours Bachelor of Social Work - Lakehead University, 2015

Research Interests: Newfoundland social history, food history, mental health disorders/treatments, British history

Current Research: Examining Newfoundland food traditions and social/cultural meaning.

Supervisor:Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling

Miranda Burrage-Goodwin

B.A. History, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Research Interests: Atlantic Whaling Industry; Maritime History; Environmental History; American War in Vietnam; Effects of Chemical Warfare on Reproductive Health

Current Interests: Ecotourism, Environmental Activism, and the Decline of the Whaling Industry

Supervisor:Dr. John Sandlos

Stefanie Comeau

Research Interests: Acadian History; Atlantic History.

Supervisor:Dr. Jeff Webb

Margo Connors-Stack

Research Interests: Gender and Politics in St John's, Newfoundland.

Supervisor: Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling

Katie Cranford

B.A. History and French, Memorial University, 2017

Research Interests: American cultural history, American pop culture and music, counterculture.

Current Research: Examining race relations in the American folk revival movement and their role in the counterculture with a focus on Greenwich Village, New York in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Supervisor:Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

Jean-Philippe Dubois

B.A. International Studies, Sociology, University of Michigan

Research Interests: The Alt-Right, the NATO intervention in Libya, Populism, the People's Party, Progressivism, Agriculture

Current Interests: Populism, Millenarian Dispensationalism, Agrarian Discontent, Food Politics

Supervisor:Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick

Ali Elawaj

B.A., University of Elergib, Libya, 2007

Graduate Diploma, Tripoli University, 2008

Current Interests: Islamic-Christian relations in the Medieval Period.

Supervisor:Dr. Marica Cassis

Donovan Fifield

B.A. History, University of Connecticut, 2017

Research Interests: Early American History, Maritime History, Early Modern Political Economy

Current Project: My research will focus on the effect of mercantile credit relations on the development of financial systems and institutions in New England. Included in this investigation are the effects of the emergence of dominant firms and the experience of maritime laborers.

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Kennedy

Sarah Hall

B.A. History. Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Alberta Augustana Faculty

Research Interests: Canadian history, Women's history, Gender and Sexuality, and Crime.

Current Research: My paper will focus on the experiences of female criminals in the Canadian justice system prior to the 1920s.

Supervisor:Dr. Kurt Korneski

Sarah Hannon

B.A History (Hons.) Memorial University, 2017

Research Interests: Slavery and Emancipation; Strategies of resistance; 19th-century Bermuda and the Caribbean

Current Research: I am currently engaged in an analysis of early 19th-century Bermudian legal and political documents, from which I hope to draw conclusions about the nature of slavery and freedom for black Bermudians in this period.

Supervisor:Dr. Neil Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy

B.A. History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2016.

B.Ed (Intermediate/Secondary), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2017.

Research interests: American cultural history; film history; women’s history; media studies; consumer culture.

Current project: My research will explore the effect that American film fan magazines had on consumer culture, more specifically the relationship between celebrity endorsements and consumer culture in the United States.

Supervisor:Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

Lynn Kristmanson

BA Art History - University of British Columbia
BFA Fine Art - Alberta College of Arts & Design

Research Interests - History of film, History of Science and Medicine

Current Project - My paper will examine the representation of degenerative dementias in Postwar North American film through the lens of cultural constructions of the aging and gendered body, and in comparison to changing notions of personhood as articulated through the medical discipline of gerontology.

Supervisor:Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

Nigel Markham

B.A., Memorial University, 1985

Current Interests: Labrador Inuit at the Chicago World's Fair 1893

Supervisor:Dr. Kurt Korneski

Erin Mick

B.A. History, Memorial University, 2016.

Research Interests: Atlantic History, Maritime History, Bermuda, transatlantic slavery, manumission.

Current Project: Manumission in 19th century Bermuda, with specific focus on the experiences of women and children, the process of racialization, enslaved black labour, and the unique character of Bermuda within the Atlantic slave trade system.

Supervisor:Dr. Neil Kennedy

Andy Post

M.A. English, Dalhousie University, 2014
B.A. English, University of Arizona, 2011

Research Interests: 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; history and historiography of Newfoundland.

Current Research:Newfoundland, Reeveland: The Liberal Paternalism and Conservative Populism of John Reeves, Esq. My M.A. thesis will re-evaluate the politics of John Reeves, better known here as the first Chief Justice (1791-92), and by many considered the first historian, of Newfoundland; but more (in)famous to historians of British loyalism and radicalism as the founder (also in 1792) of the anti-revolutionary Association for Preserving Liberty and Property against Republicans and Levellers (APLP). My larger goal is to explain how Reeves—a fierce monarchist both villified and venerated as the saviour of "ultra-Toryism" in England, but revered as the architect of liberal government in Newfoundland, and a legal historian with little patience for "ideological" interpretations of the English constitution—set the stage for the reform movement of the next century, and how his History of the Government of Newfoundland (1793) came to be accepted as the founding manifesto of Newfoundland nationalism.

Supervisor:Dr. Jeff Webb

Cynthia Power

B.A. History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2017.

Research Interests: Maritime History, Newfoundland History, Seafarers, Literacy

Current Project: “Signing On: Literacy and Work in Newfoundland 1860 – 1930.” I am investigating seafarer’s literacy in nineteenth and twentieth century Newfoundland in a study that will encompass how literacy was acquired and how it interplayed with the competencies necessary to make a living by and from the sea. Study of the Newfoundland case has profoundly challenged the literacy/orality binary. Therefore, my work will consider the relationship of knowledge and practical and textual efficacy in the context of our changed understanding of what constitutes literacy. Further, I will examine the influence of literacy on patterns of social and geographic mobility, and explore the interplay of household and community relations with seafarer’s working lives. The stories of those “working men who got wet” (Alexander) contained in the Crew Agreements housed at MUN’s Maritime History Archive are central to my study of the maritime economy and society of colonial Newfoundland.

Supervisor:Dr. Valerie Burton

Jessica Riches

B.A. History, University of Alberta, Augustana Faculty

Research Interests: Canadian History, Gender history, Gender and Sexuality, poor relief.

Current Research: My paper will look at the poor relief provided in early nineteenth century Newfoundland, with a focus on different social organization created to help aid the poor and suffering in Newfoundland, and looking at how the people reacted to the given aid.

Supervisor:Dr. Kurt Korneski

Ashley Ring

B.A. History (Hons.) Memorial University, 2016

Research Interests: Film history, American Cold War culture

Current Research: Examining the depictions of Indigenous women and white women in Cold War westerns as part of a broader study of how race and gender intersect in the Cold War.

Supervisor: Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald 

Ryan Seddon

B.A. History MUN 2010

Research Interests: environmental history, northern Canada, resource development, post colonialism, indigenous peoples

Current Research: northern exposures project. Exploring the history of resource development in northern Alberta and some of the impacts of its expansion on indigenous communities in that region.

Supervisor:Dr. John Sandlos

Rebecca Smith

B.A. History (Hons.) Memorial University, 2017

Research Interests: First World War; Britain; War and Society; Cultural History; War and Medicine

Current Project: Exploring Malaria amongst British soldiers who fought in the Middle East during the First World War, with specific focus on how it was perceived within the medical community in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Supervisor:Dr. Justin Fantauzzo

Jessica Steffler

B.A. in History and International Development Studies, Trent University, 2004

Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship (MMC), Sir Sandford Fleming College, 2008

Research Interests: Gender History in Newfoundland and Labrador; Social History

Current Research: Women and the Government Resettlement Programs in Newfoundland

Supervisor:Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling

Mark Trainor

B.A., Memorial University, 2015

Current Interests: Gender and Public Disturbances in Early Modern Newfoundland

Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Webb

Ally Vonk

B.A. History, University of Waterloo, 2017

Research Interests: Canadian history, women's history, history of sexuality

Current Research: I will be looking into the history of birth control in Newfoundland, particularly in the women's movement of the 1960s/70s and the development and growth of feminism and feminist politics on Memorial's campus.

Supervisor:Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling

Nicola Williams

B.A., University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica 2009

Current Interests: The Women's Patriotic Association in Newfoundland during the Interwar years.

Supervisor:Professor Terry Bishop-Stirling


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