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

Stewart Lawrence

B.A. in History, Sam Houston State University, 2018

Research Interests: 
Social History, Swedish History, Modern French History, Second World War, Propaganda

Current Research: My current research treats the role of alcohol consumption in the formation of a working-class identity in late nineteenth century Sweden, with an emphasis on Sweden's major industrial centres and cities.

Supervisor:Dr. Stephan Curtis

Gene Long

M.A. History, Memorial University, 1993

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

Supervisor:Dr. Sean Cadigan

Matt Papai

B.A. History, The Ohio State University, 2010.
M.A. History, University of Alberta, 2014.

Research Interests: Cultural History, Environmental History, Food/Alcohol, Tourism, and Public History.

Current Research:  The focus of my research is the role of consumable products and commodities within the tourist experience, specifically the investigation of how certain consumable commodities have gathered tourist attention, and what these commodities represent to local populations. I am also interested in the ways in which specific foods and drinks contribute to the formation of cultural identity on national, regional, and local scales.

Supervisor: Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

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

Thi Phan

BA Oriental Studies, Ho Chi Minh University, Vietnam
MA Indian History, Centre of Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Research Interests: Indian Ocean maritime trade pre-modern era, Asian port towns in the pre-modern era, medieval India, Indo-Vietnam relations

Current Research: Comparative history of the ports of Surat (India) and Hoian (Vietnam) in the early modern period.

Supervisor:Dr. Neil Kennedy

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

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

Joshua James Cullinane

B.A. (Honors), MUN, 2019

Research Interests: Alcohol Studies, Film Studies, American History

Current Research: I am studying the portrayal of alcoholism in Hollywood film noir movies in the 1940s and 1950s.

Supervisor: Dr. Dominique Brégent-Heald

John Davis-Abraham

B.A. (Honours) History/Religious Studies, 2020

Research Interests: Latin American history; American foreign intervention; Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996); Counterinsurgency; Governmental dissent.

Current Research: My research project aims to examine American diplomats, policy-makers and officials who criticized US policy choices in Guatemala during the 1960-1996 Guatemalan Civil War.  Using recently declassified American government documents, my research will meaningfully contribute to scholarship on US policy in Guatemala by revealing that policy-makers were not unanimous in their approach and some were deeply critical of US complicity in extreme violence.

Supervisor:Dr. Michael Kirkpatrick

Andrew Eng

B.A. History, University of Lethbridge, 2016

Research Interests: Athenian Hegemony; Athenian Rhetoric; Greek
Literature; Gender and Religion; Late Antiquity

Current Research: Examining the relationship between aristocratic women and Christianity during Late Antiquity.

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

David Gill

B.A. (History) Burman University, B.Ed (Intermediate/Secondary) MUN, M.Ed. (Information Technology) MUN, Graduate Diploma in Information Technology MUN, Technology Education Diploma, MUN, Ed. D. University of Calgary

Research Interests: Educational history, 19th century Newfoundland Policing

Current Research Project: My M.A. (History) will focus on a contextual biographical overview of head constable Peter MacBay during the mid to late 19th century in Conception Bay North (Harbour Grace/Carbonear).

Supervisor:Dr. Jeff Webb

Anna Grzybowski

B.A. (Hons) History; Missouri State University

Research Interests: Medieval Europe, Central Europe, anti-Judaism, community development in Early Middle Ages.

Current Research:Environment and Urbanization history during the Early Middle Ages in Merovingian and Carolingian periods and areas.

Supervisor: Dr. Sébastien Rossignol

Kevin Hennessey                                                                     

B.A. History and Russian Language & Literature, Memorial University, 2020 

Research Interests: Russian history, Soviet history, World War II history

Research Project: My research project focuses on the Siege of Leningrad (known in Russia as блокада Ленинграда or the Blockade of Leningrad) from the perspective of the diarists and survivors of the event in a chronological manner. I am also planning to examine the lingering memories of the siege today and how those memories exist and live on in the thoughts and hearts of Leningraders.

Supervisor:Dr. Edita Bosák

Kaitlyn Little

B.A. (Hons.) History/French, Memorial University, 2019

Research Interests: British Empire, Colonialism, North American and Pacific History

Current Research: The Hudson's Bay Company in the Pacific Northwest, HBC traders' perceptions of Indigenous Hawaiians and Indigenous groups in the PNW, and how specific ways of categorizing people intersected with the political economy of the fur trade.

Supervisor:  Dr. Kurt Korneski

Nigel Markham

B.A., Memorial University, 1985

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

Supervisor:Dr. Kurt Korneski

Bryan Marsh

B.A (History), Memorial University, 2005
B.Ed. (Intermediate Secondary) Memorial University, 2008
Certificate in Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University, 2005

Research Interests: Newfoundland and Labrador History, Forest History, Transportation History, the Vietnam War, 19th and 20th Century World History.

Current Project: Tentative, “A Grim and Costly Business”: The Decline of the Pulp and Paper, and Pulpwood Harvesting Industry in Central Newfoundland 1959-2009.

Supervisor:Dr. Sean Cadigan

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

Elsa Simms                                                                 

B.A Classics, Memorial University 2014
H. Dip. Archaeology, University College Cork 2017

Research Interests: Perceptions of Vikings by medieval peoples outside of Scandinavia, Misappropriation of medieval culture by modern radical groups, the construction of masculinity and race by radical groups in relations to medieval cultures.

Current Research: Perceptions of Vikings and Rus in Islamic texts.

Supervisor: Dr. Marica Cassis

Chris Michael "Mick" Stevens                                      

B.A. (History, Honours), Memorial University, 2019                                         Chris Michael Stevens

Research Interests:  My research focuses largely on the experiences of Indigenous people and Indigenous history in Canada and more locally in the province of Newfoundland, both pre- and post-Confederation. I am also interested in the structures and technologies of colonialism and making sure that subaltern or unheard peoples in history are brought into context better and can make use of historical platforms, voices, and resources.

Research project:  My research project is to investigate Newfoundland's railway, and the "railway fever" movement that swept through Newfoundland in the late nineteenth century the same way that it swept through other parts of the industrial world at the time. Specifically, I hope to investigate what effects the railway itself had on wildlife stocks and facilitating recreational sports hunting, and what effects the railway would have had on working-class settler populations along with Indigenous communities living in the island's interior and along the southern and west coasts of the island alike.

Supervisor:  Dr. Kurt Korneski


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