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 to the website. Please contact Daniel Ross, the Public Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join or support the project. Please also visit our French-language sister site, HistoireEngagee.ca.
Stephanie Bangarth is an Associate Professor of History at King’s University College at Western University. Her research explores the history of human rights advocacy and social movements in addition to Canada’s history of immigration and refugee reception. Outside of academia she can be found volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada, the Cambridge Trails Advisory Committee, on a run or in a kayak. For more information visit her webpage or send her an email at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sean Graham is the producer and host of the History Slam podcast. He is a historian of North American broadcasting 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 email@example.com
Krista McCracken is an Archives Supervisor at Algoma University’s Arthur A. Wishart Library and Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre. Her work focuses on Indigenous archives, community history, accessibility, and public outreach. She holds an MA in public history from the University of Western Ontario. For more information visit her personal website. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Beth A. Robertson is a sessional lecturer with the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, as well as a freelance researcher and writer. Trained as a gender and sexuality historian, she specializes in the history of marginal science, medicine and technology. For more information, visit Beth’s personal website here. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Ross is Public Outreach Coordinator for the Active History project. He recently completed a PhD in Canadian history at York University, researching the history of politics, development, and public space in downtown Toronto. He writes and blogs about all things urban, from cycling activism to land development to the 1960s counterculture. Read more at historiandanielross.com.
Colin Coates is an Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at Glendon College and teaches history at the graduate level at York University. His research interests are broad, ranging from New France to utopias, digital methods and Canadian environmental history. He recently edited and co-edited to books on Canadian environmental history: Canadian Countercultures and the Environment and Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History.
Erica Dyck is a Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on the history of psychiatry, mental health, deinstitutionalization and eugenics. She is the author of Psychedelic Psychiatry which examines the history of LSD experimentation and how it fit within broader trends in the changing orientation of psychiatry during the post-World War II period. Her second book, Facing Eugenics, examines the experiences of patients and families as they confronted eugenics in 20th century Alberta.
Andrew Nurse is Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University where he teaches courses on Canadian political-economy, diversity, and regionalism. His published work includes the edited collections Beyond National Dreams: Essays on Canadian Citizenship and Nationalism (with Raymond Blake) and Dynamics and Trajectories: Canada and North America (with Mike Fox). He is currently working on a study of the Movement for Citizens Voice and Action, a 1970s Halifax-based democratization movement.
Canada’s First World War Series Editors
Active History’s longest-running series, on the history, memory, and legacy of the First World War, launched in August, 2014.
Mary Chaktsiris is the Cleghorn Fellow in War & Society at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a historian of the First World War with research interests including gender, war and memory, internment, and history education. Her PhD research, completed at Queen’s University, explored wartime experiences in the City of Toronto. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Sarah Glassford earned her PhD in Canadian History at York University in 2007. She is author of Mobilizing Mercy: A History of the Canadian Red Cross (MQUP, 2016), and co-editor, with Amy Shaw, of A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the First World War (UBC, 2012). Her research embraces the histories of medicine, public health, women, children, wartime society, voluntary work, and humanitarian aid in Canada during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Nathan Smith is a historian working as a consultant and educator in the Toronto area. He completed his PhD in Canadian History at the University of Toronto in 2012, and served a one-year appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2012-13. He has consulted on projects for a variety of clients, and currently teaches for Seneca College, Brock University, and SUNY Empire State College. His published book chapter, “Fighting the Alien Problem in a British Country,” draws on his research on returned soldiers in First World War Toronto. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon Weier is completing his PhD at Western University on the First World War work of the YMCA. Over the course of his PhD Jon has become particularly interested in questions around the politicization of military history and commemoration, a topic he writes on frequently. Jon can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
- Katrina Ackerman is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Regina. Her research has been published in the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Acadiensis, and Labour/Le Travail. Her current project is under an advanced contract with UBC Press.
- Christo Aivalis holds a Doctorate in History from Queen’s University, where he teaches Canadian labour, political, and social history. His SSHRC-funded dissertation examined Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s relationship with organized labour and the CCF-NDP from 1945-2000. His work has been published in sources including the Canadian Historical Review, Labour/le Travail, Our Times Magazine, and Rankandfile.ca.
- 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.
- Andrea Eidinger is a historian of gender and ethnicity in postwar Canada. She holds a doctorate from the University of Victoria, and has spent the last six years teaching as a sessional instructor in British Columbia. She is the creator and writer behind the Unwritten Histories blog, which is dedicated to revealing hidden histories and the unwritten rules of the historical profession.
- 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.
- Lachlan MacKinnon is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His research interests include international labour history, deindustrialization studies, oral history, and Canadian regionalism.
- Laura Madokoro is an assistant professor of history at McGill University.
- Kaleigh Bradley, 2012-2016
- Ian Milligan, 2009-2015
- Jason Young, 2009-2014
- Christine McLaughlin , 2009-2014
- Karen Dearlove 2010-2012