ActiveHistory.ca is a website that connects the work of historians with the wider public and the importance of the past to current events. It developed from the conference “Active History: History for the Future” at Glendon College in September 2008. We define active history variously as history that listens and is responsive; history that will make a tangible difference in people’s lives; history that makes an intervention and is transformative to both practitioners and communities. We seek a practice of history that emphasizes collegiality, builds community among active historians and other members of communities, and recognizes the public responsibilities of the historian. We are always looking for people to contribute blog posts to the website or submit a paper. Please contact Daniel Ross, the Public Outreach Coordinator, at info@activehistory.ca if you would like to join or support the project. Please also visit our French-language sister site, HistoireEngagee.ca.


s200_kaleigh_s..bradleyKaleigh Bradley is a PhD student at York University. She holds an M.A. in Public History from Carleton University. Her doctoral research looks at competing understandings of place and environment among Indigenous peoples and Euro-Canadians in the North. Kaleigh is also the coordinator of the History of Indigenous Peoples network (HIP), a community of scholars based in the Greater Toronto Area. She can be reached at ksbradle@yorku.ca.


Jim Clifford is an assistant professor of environmental history with the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. His current research explores the environmental and economic histories of the global commodities that supplied industries in the Thames Estuary during the 19th century. For more information, visit jimclifford.ca. He can be reached at jim.clifford@usask.ca.


Sean Graham is the producer and host of the History Slam podcast. He is a historian of Canadian broadcasting and the CBC with a PhD from the University of Ottawa. Like any red-blooded Canadian his ultimate dream is to be a curling champion while living on a diet of beer and poutine. He can be reached at sean.graham@uottawa.ca.


Krista McCracken is a Researcher/Curator at Algoma University’s Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. In the past Krista has worked as an archives technician, digitization facilitator, a historical researcher, and an assistant curator. She holds an MA in public history from the University of Western Ontario.


Ian Milligan is an assistant professor of Canadian, digital, and youth history with the Department of History at the University of Waterloo. His own website is at ianmilligan.ca and he can be reached at i2milligan@uwaterloo.ca.


Thomas Peace is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Huron University College.  His research addresses the processes of settler colonialism in the northeast and the ways in which Indigenous peoples engaged with schooling during the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. For more information visit his website or send him an e-mail at tpeace@uwo.ca.


Daniel Ross is a PhD candidate in history at York University. He writes and blogs about all things urban, from cycling activism to the 1960s counterculture. His SSHRC-funded dissertation research examines attempts to remake and revitalize downtown Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s. Read more at historiandanielross.com.


Regular Contributors

Regular contributors are individuals who have agreed to post for us on a regular basis. We’re always looking for new (and old), talented writers with a passion for history in all of its shapes and sizes. Drop us a line if you’re interested.

      • Alban Bargain-Villéger is currently a sessional faculty member at York University, where he specializes in modern European history. His current research project involves a comparative study of Arran, Borkum, and Groix, three small islands off the coasts of Scotland, France, and Germany, respectively.
      • Dagomar Degroot is a PhD Candidate at York University, where he explores the relationship between the climatic and human histories of the Dutch Republic. His website can be found at www.historicalclimatology.com.
      • Aitana Guia is Sessional Assistant Professor in Modern European History at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her latest book is The Muslim Struggle for Civil Rights: Promoting Democracy through Migrant Engagement, 1985-2010 (Sussex Academic Press, 2014).
      • Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor of Canadian and environmental history at York University. He blogs at http://seankheraj.com.
      • Daniel Macfarlane is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Michigan Tech University, and will be starting a tenure-track position at Western Michigan University. He is the author of Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and is involved in various research projects on the history of Niagara Falls, Great Lakes water levels, the International Joint Commission, and Canadian-American environmental relations.
      • Lachlan MacKinnon is currently a Ph.D. student at Concordia University focusing on workers’ experiences of deindustrialization in Atlantic Canada.
      • Merle Massie is a writer and historian, and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Ottawa. Find her blog at: http://merlemassie.wordpress.com/.
      • Jonathan McQuarrie is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History, University of Toronto. He tweets about things historical and not at @jrmcquarrie.
      • Ian Mosby is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Guelph and studies the history of food and nutrition in Canada during the twentieth century. You can read more about his research and publications at http://www.ianmosby.ca.
      • Beth Robertson is a feminist historian interested in the social, scientific, medical and spiritual margins of the twentieth century. Her research explores the quest of the paranormal in the years following World War I.

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